April 30, 2010 in Weather (F)
[prMac.com] Sydney, Australia - Award winning iPhone developer Dr Graham Dawson has just released his latest augmented reality app. "See Breeze" is an iPhone and iPad weather app which allows you to see your current local wind conditions as moving wind vectors, overlaid onto your iPhone's camera view. It effect, it makes the invisible air movements visible.
The app is aimed primarily at those planning outdoor activities and sports such as cyclists, sailors, aviators, windsurfers and kite flyers. But Graham also expects some novel and unexpected uses to emerge with time, as was the case with his previous augmented reality hit app "Sun Seeker", which won 3rd place in 148apps "Best App Ever 2009" awards, in the Augmented Reality category. But See Breeze is also a general purpose real-time weather app, and has a local map view including traditional weather station wind arrows, so you can easily see the variation in wind, temperature and humidity throughout your area.
The term "augmented reality" has created quite a buzz in the mobile app space recently, and smartphone users have been eagerly anticipating novel ways of displaying useful and interesting information overlaid onto their phone's camera views. So far most of these new apps have displayed nearby points of interest according to their GPS coordinates, such as nearby bus-stops, food and retail outlets or tourist landmarks. While this type of information is useful in various ways, some users have been disappointed that much of it doesn't necessarily need to be overlaid onto a camera view, and may be more gimmicky than genuinely useful. However, the new See Breeze app is quite novel in the way it uses augmented reality, and pushes the boundaries of how it can potentially be used.
Graham is an independent iPhone and iPad developer, who has already had great success with his Oz Weather iPhone app - having been one of the most enduringly popular apps in the Australian app store, having even been the top paid app for several weeks. It has a carefully crafted interface that impressed an Apple product marketing manager enough to say that she'd seen nothing as good yet for the US, even. Graham has a degree in Physics and Meteorology, and a Ph.D. in dynamical coastal oceanography, and says he loves developing applications which leverage the latest technologies in genuinely useful ways. He is now working on further novel types of augmented reality applications.
* iPhone 3GS and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later
* 2.3 MB
Pricing and Availability:
See Breeze 1.0 is $2.49 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Weather category.
Ajnaware Pty Ltd is a software development and innovation business located in Sydney Australia, founded by Graham Dawson in January 2008. The company's main objective is to develop products which enhance awareness of self and the surrounding world - as aids towards more enlightened living. Copyright (C) 2008-2010 Ajnaware Pty Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.