ViewRanger Brings Outdoor Maps To Life Using AR

If you love the outdoors then you know the value of a good map. It's a tool to help you navigate the vast wilderness of the outdoors as you explore. ViewRanger is essentially that tool, but it amplifies its usefulness thanks to the integrated augmented reality technology that essentially brings your outdoor maps to life. When you hold your phone up like you're taking a picture and the ViewRanger app is open, the camera can be used to overlay specific details about what the camera sees. So if you're hiking and need to know the location of a specific trail, ViewRanger might be able to locate it for you by simply scanning the surrounding area, then labeling it so you can see where it is in relation to yourself.

While that likely all sounds great if you venture outdoors often, it gets better as the app touts being used by a total of 250 different search and rescue teams, and if it's good enough for them, it might be worth taking a look at. The Android app looks to be fairly robust and offer up a lot of information that can could come in handy in a pinch, but what if you're not really able to take your phone out of your pocket or wherever it's stored and open the app? Not to worry as ViewRanger supports Android Wear, so if you have a compatible device, you can grab the most useful information from the Android Wear app and view things on your wrist so you can still be hands-free.

Aside from viewing nearby peaks and trails and such, the app lets you access tons of downloadable maps from various regions, including the UK, Europe, Asia and more. Some maps will be free while others will cost you as an in-app purchase, but all can be downloaded and stored in your device for use later on. The app even offers offline navigation that utilizes the GPS radios inside your device so it can work offline, because let's face it, you won't always have a cell signal to grab onto and you might need to find your way back to camp, or wherever else you need to be after a day out adventuring. The app is free to download and can be picked up now from the Play Store.

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