Gyrocompass 3D Free - Compass for new iPod Touch
By Vito Technology Inc.
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Augmented reality comes to the new iPod Touches! Tap the Gyrocompass 3D app on your iPhone 4 or 4th generation iPod Touch to turn it into a fully functioning three-dimensional compass. Amazing technology from the famous Star Walk app creates an exceptionally precise compass on a device with no compass!
The idea behind iPod touch augmented reality is very simple - when you know your location and have the gyro to detect movements, all you need to replace the compass is to tell your iPod where the Sun is. Simply point the built-in iPod camera towards any sky object, for instance the Sun (or the Moon) and swipe the app generated sky to match the real one, and voila… you have a fully functioning software compass which has even more precision than the one in an iPhone or iPad.
Use Gyrocompass 3D to find out where North is, to guide you through a map to any destination. Compass is essential to determine your orientation and will help you find your way how our ancestors did it in the old days: guided by stars and constellations of the night sky.
1) Make sure that you allow the app to use your current location.
2) Tilt your iPod towards the sky and match the appearing images with what you actually see above you. Quick hint: choose a bright object (e.g. the Sun or the Moon).
3) Done! Enjoy your reality augmented with a three-dimensional compass hanging in the air!
ATTENTION: This app requires iPhone 4 and 4th generation iPod Touch only.
More accurate than Star Walk
I have both this app and Star Walk on my iPod touch, and Gyrocompass is a lot more accurate. I can calibrate it, put the iPod in my pocket, walk around for a while, toss my iPod twirling in the air, and it will still point almost exactly north.
Star Walk, however, gets way off just aiming it around the sky for a few minutes. They say that Gyrocompass uses ''amazing technology from the famous Star Walk app'', but it must actually be using something even more amazing.
If only they would update Star Walk to be as accurate as Gyrocompass...
Reversed Compass Points
One major flaw: when held overhead (display facing down), the cardinal compass points read correctly. When held below eye level (display facing up), the compass points adjust incorrectly, and so are reversed: north and south are switched, as are east and west. The misfeature is due to over-programming: Veto needed to only flip the letters representing the compass points, to make them legible; the compass itself should not change direction. Instead, they inverted and reversed the entire compass!
The ability to enter locations manually is mandatory for iPod Touch. Amazing how many developers miss this.
Worst App Ever!!! By Jasmine =-P
I hate this app. At night in order to find your location you have to match the picture with the stars. You would have to be an expert on the stars to match it perfectly to find your location and at that rate you wouldn't even need the app because you could find North, South, East, and West on your own. You need Internet to make the app work so if I'm lost in the forest and I don't have Internet how am I supposed to use my compass?!? You have to recalibrate ( I think that's what it's called) the compass every time you use it. That's why I really hate this app.
- Category: Entertainment
- Released: Dec 07, 2010
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 5.6 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Vito Technology Inc.
- © 2010 Vito Technology, Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad Wi-Fi (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini Wi-Fi, iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPod touch (4th generation), and iPod touch (5th generation).