While travelling, we often find ourselves caught in the moment, the feel, and the beauty of a place. Sometimes, we wonder, where did this come from? What forces came together to shape it? In short, what’s the real story behind what we see before us? While tour guides offer some clarity, it isn’t enough to get the bigger picture. So, here are four technological innovations that will add a different dimension to your next travel experience!
Using augmented reality, to make history come alive, FlippAR is a relatively new app, which as of now, only covers the city of Bangalore. It has been launched in association with the Karnataka Tourism Department.
An experiment which was successful in Cubbon Park, the app has expanded to include several parts of the city and works by pointing your phone towards the monument or statue. Once detected, FlippAR reveals a detailed history of the monument, in a video, audio, and text format, as though all your Google searches were in one place.
It also allows visitors to add their own memories of the area, creating a treasure trove of memories!
This app was developed by Srikanth Iyer when he realised that local tour guides did not offer satisfactory information.
Committed to making sure travellers could get in-depth information and access to the various stories surrounding a popular location, he launched Pinakin. Currently, the app deals extensively with locations in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and not only includes history, but mythology, oral stories, and facts about architecture.
The app is available in several languages including Tamil, Kannada, English, and Hindi and covers a broad range of information!
This is basically a combination of one huge guidebook and the assistance of a local expert. As you explore a new city, country, or even travel to places off the beaten track, Triposo offers basic history, nearby places to eat/drink, and tips on the best places to visit while travelling!
They combine content on travel from numerous sites and compile it to make sure that locations and information provided reflects the most popular, and reliable facts. The app currently has over 500,000 downloads and covers over 50,000 destinations, including India!
Although limited to locations in Karnataka, Exploritage is not without plenty of information! A guidebook told in a narrative style, it volunteers interesting facts about the heritage, culture, and stories of different monuments in Karnataka, from Belur-Halebeedu, to Lalbagh and Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace.
Developed by Sandeep Desai, it aims to provide the traveller with exhaustive information, and leave them feeling like they learned a thing or two.