Spyglass – the adventurer’s toolkit

Outdoor activities are assisted with many advanced gadgets, and Spyglass is one of them. The application Spyglass is an augmented reality navigator and a compass for the off-road. As defined by Wikipedia: “augmented reality is  a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer- generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.”

Spyglass is a toolkit packed with a range of tools: a hi-tech viewfinder, milspec compass, gyrocompass, maps, tactical GPS, waypoint tracker, speedometer, altimeter, gyro horizon, sniper’s rangefinder, coordinate converter, sextant, inclinometer, angular calculator and zoom camera. Some of the facilities are explained below.

Spyglass can be used for many outdoor activities – and functional if a proper GPS connection is available.  For the less professional user, a key feature of this compass app is probably the simple location tagging. Spyglass will give the all the same info the built in compass does, but it also points to chosen direction. On the built-in map the destination is chosen and there is an arrow pointing the way no matter how confused the user is. It is also possible to indicate the destinations by bearing, latitude, longitude, altitude or MGRS (Military Grid Reference System). For star enthusiasts, it is possible to select a star to follow. Spyglass is depending on GPS, and if the user wants to pick a location on the map, though, there is a need for Internet access.

As other navigation devices, Spyglass can save, find, track and share the position, and it includes also, multiple waypoints, bearings, Sun, Moon and stars, all in real time. The user can store all locations he/she will need later on, your car’s parking place, a hotel, a hidden treasure cache in the woods, that camping place near the lake — or anything else.

Spyglass offers many other facilities, such an optical rangefinder, with which is possible to measure distances to objects in real-time with rangefinder reticle as in famous sniper scopes. With sextant, angular calculator and inclinometer, the user can visually measure the heights of buildings, mountains and other objects, and distances.

A camera may be used to take pictures overlaid with all the data to document special moments — reaching top speeds, climbing high mountains, hunting, sailing or just visiting great places and doing so with others.

 

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