A new version of the REALSKI Augmented Reality iPhone app was released today, offering detail guides to trails and other on-mountain features at more than 80 mountains in North America. The details follow:
“AVON, Colo. – Version 1.1 of REALSKI, a new augmented reality (AR) iPhone App created by Resort Technology Partners (RTP), is now available on the iTunes® App Store and offers more than 80 mountains in North America from which to choose. This new mobile Smartphone phenomenon—made possible by technology built into the iPhone 3GS—helps skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts navigate trails and on-mountain features at some of the U.S. and Canada's top ski resorts.
After launching REALSKI, users turn on their iPhone's built-in camera, and move it up, down, and around to scan their surroundings. Digital overlays will change in real time to match what the camera sees. This allows users to find the location of facilities and points of interest, including:
– Named runs including skill designation (green, blue, black) and directional heading
– Lift names with loading and un-loading areas
– Lodges, restrooms and restaurants
– Special areas such as terrain parks
Once users download version 1.1 of REALSKI, they can make In App purchases of the AR navigation maps to North America's most popular resorts with their iPhone 3GS. Each download is only 99 cents.
"With a big mountain such as Whister Blackcomb, REALSKI provides a new solution to an age-old problem: finding your way on the mountain. REALSKI is much easier to use because you don't need zoom in and out like you do on other mobile ski maps," said Mark
Sedgwick, director of information technology at Whistler Blackcomb. "The fact that you are instantly oriented to the surrounding that you are looking at creates a more natural and easy way for skiers to navigate."
"I am excited about the future opportunities of REALSKI based on the overwhelming positive response from initial users and industry leaders. These discussions have lead to further enhancements to the application that we will be introducing to the market," explains Michael McDermott, senior vice president of sales, marketing and product management at RTP. "One of the enhancements that we are actively pursuing is expanding REALSKI to Europe."
John Gifford, General Manager for Stevens Pass resort in Washington state is equally enthusiastic about REALSKI, and said, "As both the GM of Stevens Pass and an iPhone App user, I was excited for our resort to be one of first to be included in the launch of this new augmented reality technology. We hope many of our customers can utilize this new and easy-to-use mobile navigation system."
REALSKI requires an iPhone 3GS (iPhone OS 3.1 or higher) as it relies on the GPS, compass, camera and accelerometer to make AR work.“