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’!