Google's Field Trip - an iPhone guide to the "cool, hidden, and unique things in the world around you"

Field Trip is a free iPhone app was developed in conjunction with our friends at Altas Obscura. I'm using it on an upcoming road trip from LA to Phoenix.

Field Trip, your guide to the cool, hidden, and unique things in the world around you is now on the iPhone! Field Trip runs in the background on your phone. When you get close to something interesting, it will notify you and if you have a headset or bluetooth connected, it can even read the info to you.

Field Trip can help you learn about everything from local history to the latest and best places to shop, eat, and have fun. You select the local feeds you like and the information pops up on your phone automatically, as you walk next to those places.

Field Trip for iOS (Via iDownLoadBlog)


      1.  Why I like the comments here – the first three comments answered all my questions about this.

    1. Yeah, I was thinking to myself “Why would Google release this only on iPhone?” Of course it’s not an “an iPhone guide” it’s a smartphone guide which happens to be available on both Android and the iPhone.

    1.  Well, of course.  Everyone knows that, outside of the US, all there are is a bunch of well-documented tourist spots.

      That said, there is nothing wrong with aspiring to be full of global info, but starting at a level closer to home.  I’m sure it will be full of data from around the world when it comes out of beta. 

      Just, while waiting for it to come out of beta, remember it is a Google product….

      (OK, technically it’s at version 1.08.  Just had to go and ruin a good joke, didn’t you?   I hope you’re happy with yopurself.)

      1. Actually, I don’t mind it bring US centric. I’d rather have one well documented region than one well documented region plus half-assed efforts.

        But why tourists traveling to the US aren’t supposed to use it, I don’t understand.

  1. Got it on Android. It lets me know if there’s an Ingress portal nearby too, which is a useful thing for us Resistance heroes. Or the drones of the Enlightened.

  2. Meh, it’s too cluttered with things I’m not interested in. Needs a better filtering system. Also would be better if the categories weren’t color coded with a tiny little bar that’s hard to see, but with an actual word (i’m also sorta color blind).

  3. Notable for feature comparison: HearPlanet, which specializes in audio tours (recorded narration for top tourist spots, text-to-speech for wikipedia entries). Available for Android and iOS (pre-6.0, unlike Field Trip). I’m not affiliated, but I know the founder.

  4. tired of the blinding iPhone-centric biais. It’s amusing that the title of the post contains the words “google’s…” and yet sounds like it’s IOS only.

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