Top Selling Augmented Reality App Now Available for iPad 2

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[] Williamsburg, Virginia - Hunter Research and Technology today is pleased to announce that its popular Theodolite app series is now available in a special new version for iPad 2. Theodolite HD is a viewfinder-based compass, GPS, map, zoom camera, rangefinder, and two-axis inclinometer. The app looks to repeat the success it has had on iPhone, becoming the #1 selling paid navigation app in the US iTunes store in December 2009 and September 2010. Theodolite has been featured numerous times in iTunes, including "Rewind 2010: Hot Trends in Apps" and "Augmented Reality: The World Around You".

Theodolite HD overlays real-time information about position, altitude, bearing, range, and horizontal/vertical inclination on the iPad's live camera image, turning iPad 2 into a sophisticated electronic viewfinder. Theodolite HD lets users take geo-stamped and geo-tagged camera images and screenshots directly from the app with 2X and 4X digital zoom options, and has a fast photography engine with buffered background image saves. Uses are endless, and the app is great for navigation, outdoor sports, home projects, and photography. Theodolite has a strong professional customer base, and is used in the field by surveyors, geologists, architects, engineers, military personnel, competitive sportsmen, and search and rescue workers around the world.

The new flagship of the Theodolite series, Theodolite HD includes features for serious users such as a zero reference angle mode, an A-B calculator for height, distance, heading, position, triangulation, and relative angles, a built-in map with standard, satellite, and hybrid views, two mil-based rangefinders, colored lens filters to improve use in dark conditions and preserve night vision, e-mail export with KML data, system-wide clipboard integration, percent grade display, optical rangefinders, military grid reference system (MGRS) coordinates, universal transverse Mercator (UTM) coordinates, and four latitude/longitude formats.

The software implements an advanced "fusion" algorithm that combines gyro and magnetometer data to provide a more accurate, more responsive, and more robust compass measurement. Theodolite is able to provide stable compass bearing to any landmarks visible in the camera viewfinder, regardless of how the user holds or points the device. This provides a significant increase in utility over traditional palm held compasses and compass apps.

Device Requirements:
* iPad 2 Wi-Fi and iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* 3.8 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Theodolite HD 2.4 is available for $3.99 on the iTunes App Store and works on all versions of the iPad 2. Users with iPhones and 4th-generation iPod touch devices can check out the Theodolite Free, Basic, and Pro apps for free, $1.99, and $3.99, respectively. More information, including screenshots, is available on the Hunter Research and Technology website. Media professionals interested in reviewing Theodolite HD can request a promotional code to download the app from iTunes at no cost.

Hunter Research and Technology is run by Dr. Craig Hunter, a practicing engineer with 20 years of experience in engineering and software development. Craig received the 2004 NASA Software of the Year Award and a 2004 Apple Design Award (Best Scientific Computing Solution on Mac OS X) for his work in software development. He founded Hunter Research and Technology in 2008 to create innovative and compelling apps that take advantage of the advanced hardware and software capabilities of iOS devices. The company has 17 apps available on the iTunes App Store, and develops apps for a range of clients worldwide. iTunes, iPhone, iPod, and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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