Snowboarding + GPS + Vista = Fun

February 18, 2007

Still catching up on blogworthy items. As is customary with the release of any new OS, a lot of attention is being given to the new, native features of Windows Vista, the compatibility of devices as well as existing applications. But what about new applications? Vista doesn’t rest on the laurels of traditional, flat, 2D applications. Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is a feature of Windows Vista that enables rich, textured, 3D applications to be built that take interactivity to a whole new level.

One such application was developed by famed design firm, Metaliq. Their Snowboarding application incorporates two of my loves – snow sports and GPS. Marrying 3D rotatable maps of Aspen Ski Resort with GPS data, it seamlessly integrates live data, video clips and a playback reel give you the perspective of your runs as you head down.

I’m a sucker for this kind of app I always take my GPS with me when I go skiing- just “Set it and forget it” while I’m riding. When I get home, Pictures I take on the mountain are geotagged (I like RoboGeo), and I like to review representations of my runs on satellite maps with ExpertGPS or Google Earth. This is admittedly geeky today, but imagine being able to sit down after a vacation with the family, and review your photos, ultimate runs, and home videos and navigate it visually. It’s clear we’re just getting started.

It’s the weekend, and a perfect time to go through Tim Sneath’s blog list of amazing WPF applications. C9 has a great list here as well.

Here’s a list of some of my favorite english-language applications (German, French and others on Tim’s site as well):

  1. NY Times Newsreader
  2. Nostalgia Flickr Browser
  3. British Library’s Turning the Pages
  4. Electric Rain’s Standout
  5. Notescraps
  6. Denounce (RSS/Podcast browser)
  7. Cine.view (NetFlix browser)
  8. Yahoo! Messenger for Windows Vista
  9. Calendar Printing for Office 2007
  10. Wikipedia Explorer
  11. iBloks 3D Movie Creator

Let me know if you find more 😉

One response to Snowboarding + GPS + Vista = Fun

  1. 

    I’m agree with you.