Chimani, a Maine-based company that makes smartphone apps for the national parks, has bolstered its library of apps, and added new features to heighten your experience.
Each day this week Chimani will release a new park app. The new mobile apps include Grand Teton National Park, Glacier National Park, Olympic National Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and Bryce Canyon National Park. These, as well as all other Chimani apps, are available for free on Apple iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon AppStore starting today.
The new park apps continue Chimani’s goal of helping visitors get the most out of their national park experience.
Each app delivers constantly updated content, detailed maps, ranger-led event schedules, auto touring points of interest, hiking details, restroom locations, free shuttle bus schedules, and breaking news alerts. Users can also view sunset and sunrise times for the most memorable scenic overlooks, access tide schedules along the coast, review lodging options, and much, much more. And as always, each Chimani app is designed to work without a cell phone signal.
Chimani’s Viewport Augmented Reality Tool
Chimani’s new Viewport tool - an augmented reality viewer available as a $1.99 in-app purchase - allows users to access an entirely new layer of information as part of their park experience.
“Whether it’s the South Rim of the Grand Canyon or Glacier Point in Yosemite, visitors often overlook the richness that surrounds these dramatic viewpoints,” says Kerry Gallivan, CEO/co-founder of Chimani. “Using Chimani’s Viewport tool, visitors can pan around the scenic outlook and identify points of interest which are often left undiscovered. It is yet another Chimani tool that allows visitors to get the most of their park experience.”
Cell phone signals are poor and non-existent in most national parks, therefore Chimani apps are designed to function without any type of data connection. This ability also applies to the new Chimani augmented reality viewer - visitors can be in the most remote corners of a park and still discover new points of interest.
Crowd-Sourced Topographic Maps
Chimani continues its innovation in mobile mapping technology for the outdoors by introducing topographic maps based on data from Openstreetmaps.org - the largest online mapping project in the world. Chimani is now able to produce rich topographic maps that are updated monthly with the most recent data available for park visitors.
Social-Sharing Using Near Field Communication Technology
For the Android versions of the apps, Chimani has introduced a beta feature of a social-sharing tool that uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to connect with other Chimani users and share contact information.
“We modeled this feature after the tradition on the Appalachian Trail of exchanging something with people that you meet on the trail,” says Mr. Gallivan.
By touching two Android phones together, the users profile is exchanged using NFC. No cell phone signal is required and when the exchange occurs within a particular park, a unique badge is unlocked between users as a bonus.
Chimani’s Suite Of National Park Apps
The Chimani suite of national park apps include 14 of the most visited national parks in the United States. These include Acadia National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Cape Cod National Seashore, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Glacier National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Olympic National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park and the National Parks app - which is a virtual passport tool for all the National Park Service units.
Each of the national park apps are an indispensable resource for anyone visiting our most treasured national parks. Each delivers constantly updated content, ranger-led event schedules, auto touring points of interest, hiking details, restroom locations, free shuttle bus schedules, and breaking news alerts.
The Chimani apps are available for the iPhone, iPad, Amazon Kindle and Android devices. They can be downloaded directly fromApple's iTunes App Store, Google Play and Amazon AppStore (keyword: "chimani").