This summer marks the 100th year of the National Park Service, and while this is a huge milestone for the agency, that has been met with an outpouring of support from visitors, it also means that our parks are packed.
A few years ago, it was trendy to make a statement like, “young people are losing interest in the outdoors,” or that “technology makes the outdoors boring to the newest generations,” but for those working in the outdoor industry, it’s clear that our national parks are as popular as they’ve ever been.
With over 300-million visitors in 2015, the National Park Service is looking for ways to better spread visitors out into the parks, and away from the crowded popular sights.
Here’s where Viewport comes in:
Viewport is an Augmented Reality viewer built into many of Chimani’s National Park apps. The technology allows users to use their mobile device camera to see the park in real-time on their screen, with pins marking the park’s points of interest right in front of them. By simply moving your mobile device around, you can easily find other, less-crowded areas in the park.
Once you’ve located a point of interest that appeals to you, simply tap on the name and you’ll be given the distance from you to that point. This tool comes in handy when you’re hiking down a trail and cannot see signs, buildings, or other landmarks, when looking for a specific location.
Viewport is not available in all of Chimani’s National Park apps. To download any of the 59 national park apps by Chimani, visit https://www.chimani.com