Google’s Niantic Labs has just launched Field Trip, an app which can be “your guide to the cool, hidden, and unique things in the world around you.”
Field Trip runs silently on your smartphone in the background and pops up a card with details about the location when you get closer to something cool or interesting. It will even read out the info to you if you have a Headset connected.
Field Trip can help you learn about everything from local history to the latest and best places to shop, eat, and have fun. You select the local feeds you like and the information pops up on your phone automatically, as you walk next to those places.
The app is only available in the US as of now and lets you discover your surroundings. The name Field Trip refers to going out on an excursion to find out or discover more about the location you’re living in. The app encourages you to “live like a local when you travel to new places.” It helps you discover eating and shopping places, historically significant areas, and just about anything deemed important. This app is optimized only for smartphones as of now, and that too only some Android smartphones. An iOS version is in the making and Google hopes to launch it soon.
The main feature of the app is that it lets you discover thousands of interesting places and experiences that fall under various categories such as Architecture, Historic Places & Events, Lifestyle, Offers & Deals, Food Drinks & Fun, Movie Locations, Outdoor Art and just about any obscure Place of Interest around you. You can choose from three different modes to set the frequency of Field Trip notifications and can take a look at a lot at worthy places by tapping on “cards” in map view to pull up enthralling points of interest. There is even an option to use the app even while you’re driving. The app description claims that “Field Trip can detect when you’re driving and automatically “talk” about interesting places and experience around you.” Sharing through email and social networks such as Google+, Twitter and Facebook is supported and you can give the place a thumbs up or down to let Field trip learn what you may find interesting in the future.
It’s available in the Google Play Store as of now and requires Android version 2.3 and up to install. Do keep in mind that it’s only for US as of now and Google will roll out the app worldwide eventually as it does with all its software. Google has also released a promotional video for Field Trip, check it out below, it’s very serene and beautiful, though it doesn’t give much details about the app.