4

New iPhone app aims to augment your reality on the slopes


Avon-based

Resort Technology Partners

has developed the "first augmented reality iPhone app for skiers and snowboarders" in

REALSKI

,  slated for release today in the iTunes Store. The initial app will be free and include overlays mapping five resorts, including Copper Mountain. A full version will come out later in the month with maps for most North American resorts.

As seen in the video above, the app basically turns your iPhone into a real-time, real-view version of a foldout resort map, with graphics identifying named runs, lifts, terrain parks, restaurants, and the like. It looks pretty cool -- someone once described augmented reality to me as "Iron Man vision" and the next big thing -- but I've got to wonder if it's worth pulling out a phone on the slopes. People are probably best off focusing on the non-augmented reality while zipping down the mountain.

But if you've just gotta have the latest and greatest, then I also recommend getting some special gloves instead of regular liners -- touchscreens and winter weather don't mix all that well.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

Newsletters

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories
    Send: