Whereigo Launches

Posted in Announcements on Jan 03, 2008

Groundspeak launched “Whereigo” today and it looks to be another great addition to their lineup of GPS based, fun products.

From the website:

“Whereigo is a toolset for creating and playing GPS-enabled adventures in the real world. Use GPS technology to guide you to physical locations and interact with virtual objects and characters.

In late 2001, after running Geocaching.com for over a year, Jeremy Irish and Elias Alvord came up with an interesting challenge: How could they take their favorite adventure games and bring them outdoors with GPS technology?

The idea is that you can move around in the real world using GPS and a handheld device to experience media-rich content relating to your location. The experience can be a tour guide, an adventure game or anything dreamed up by an author.


Using the Wherigo Builder application, Wherigo authors can build interactive adventure games, tour guides and other innovative activities for Wherigo players to enjoy outdoors. The Wherigo experience combines physical and virtual elements, overlaying engaging story lines and useful information onto a real-world background.

Using the Wherigo Player application and a GPS-enabled device, participants can visit physical locations, take and use virtual items, interact with virtual characters and solve real-world puzzles.

If you are familiar with adventure games like Zork, Myst, or the Secret of Monkey Island you can think of Wherigo as an adventure game construction set for the real world.

If you aren’t familiar with adventure games, the idea is that you can move around in the real world using GPS and a handheld device to experience media-rich content relating to your location. The experience can be a tour guide, an adventure game or anything dreamed up by an author.”

This is an idea that holds great promise and as it grows will be a great addition to Geocaching and Waymarking.

Find out more at www.whereigo.com

Keep on cachin’!

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3 Responses to “ Whereigo Launches ”


  1. Bob -

    I have been interested in this since Groundspeak beta-tested this. Unfortunately, the launch is less than ideal. The game is played on a platform that requires about a $400 investment. A PPC with a GPS will run at least that and the new Garmin Colorado is priced there. Garmin does not even list that unit on their site . . . at least not that I could find.

    That is going to be quite restrictive as to who can actually play the game. It sounds like while they’ll work on adding to who can play, older models (i.e. Magellans) will be obsoleted.

    It’s too bad. The game sounds fun. Who is going to invest that kind of money in hopes that someone else in his area will as well? Geocaching took off because the initial cost was so low for someone to get involved.

    Oh well . . .

  2. Richard -

    I completely agree with Bob. The Colorado 300, which is the low-end model in the series, is listed at $533.32. If/when I do ever decide to upgrade my GPSr, I’d be more likely to choose something more affordable, such as the $100 eTrex, and stick to geocaching for the time being.

    I think Garmin may be updating their web site. They do have information on the Colorado devices now, but interestingly, no reference at all to Whereigo.

  3. Patrick -

    If you buy these products for their core original function; and are just
    upgrading for some better feature – ie resolution, , etc;
    the whereigo is a free bonus.

    That aside, who knows, there might be an interesting upside to getting in early.

    While the cost is high for many; so was addressing the internet in the beginning.

    Many of those who paid the price to get into emerging technologies early found lots
    of rewards (financial, etc), as the popularity wave built. Whereigo seems to have
    potential commercial upsides for developers.


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