The Working Waterfront:n New phone app enhances Acadia, national park experiences

How many of us have toiled up a mountain to enjoy the view at the peak in Acadia National Park, onlAA-Idlebrook_Chimani-2y to play the guessing game of what the view is? Even with a paper map, it can be hard to determine which islands or mountains are part of the panorama.

Now, there’s an app for that.

Portland-based Chimani has created a sort of a digital guidebook of an app for Acadia and several other national parks that comes with professional voiceovers and an augmented reality function. Smartphone users can look at the view on the phone’s screen and receive information on each landform or body of water.

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Assateague Island: Beyond the Ponies

IMG_4041You don’t have to be a childhood reader of Marguerite Henry’s classic Misty of Chincoteague to be fascinated with the wild horses of Assateague Island National Seashore. In fact, these may be some of America’s most famous horses outside of the Triple Crown — an embodiment of untamed freedom galloping down the beaches of coastal Virginia and Maryland.

However, there’s more to a visit at this 50-mile-long park than stalking the ponies, although admittedly that’s what initially drew us down the coast this summer.

The park’s north entrance, within easy range of Ocean City, offers the bonus of access to wide, uncrowded Atlantic beaches, for example — and you may even find wild horses nibbling the grass as you pull into the beach parking lot. If you have a 4-wheel-drive vehicle and are feeling bold, get a permit to drive beyond the short paved park roads and down the beach, where you can camp in splendid isolation. Continue reading

Park Service Centennial Challenges Include Engaging Millennials

National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis with Chimani Editor Bob Curley

National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis with Chimani Editor Bob Curley at the OWAA 2015 annual meeting

It’s sometimes said that America’s National Parks are in danger of being loved to death, but National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis sees a very different threat looming as his agency is poised to mark its centennial: an aging visitor demographic and apathy among younger Americans about the outdoors. Continue reading

Chimani’s National Park App Featured on Google Play

Screen Shot 2015-07-17 at 10.24.17 AMChimani’s National Parks app is currently featured on the “New & Updated” section of Google Play’s app store, prominently displayed alongside apps from such big brands as HBO Now, Cartoon Network, and Target.
Far from random, our listing in such a high-profile spot in the store was the result of a rigorous review process by the Google Review Team. Their take on the app? “It’s awesome!”

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Greenlight Maine picks 26 semifinalists to vie for $100,000 prize in entrepreneur contest

AR-150629958 (1)“Greenlight Maine,” an upcoming weekly TV show in which Maine entrepreneurs can vie to win a minimum prize of $100,000, said it has selected the 26 semifinalists to compete in the Greenlight Maine weekly TV show that will air statewide this fall.

The semifinalists were pared down from a field of 44 this past Saturday at the end of Maine Startup & Create Week. Mainebiz wrote about the 44 quarterfinalists in a June 22 story. Those 44 were culled from an initial field of 84 entrants.

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