Monday 6 August 2012

Georeader: Get Your iPhone To Detect Landmark Locations & Tell You About Them [iOS]

When you visit historical places and landmarks, you often do not know much about them. Unless you take a book a with you, there are not really any helpful guides on hand that explain the significance of the location you are visiting. It is even more unfortunate when landmarks are in the way of your trip and you pass them without realizing how significant they are.

A phone app that helps you solve this problem is Georeader.

Georeader is an excellent phone application that has been out on Android for quite some time; in fact, we have covered it on MakeUseOf in the past. Android users have used the application to automatically detect when they are nearing a popular landmark. The phone app then provides a short account of the landmark and plays the information as speech so you can see the sites without worrying about reading the information text.

Now the Georeader application has an iOS version out too. The iOS version is sized at nearly 61 MB and is compatible with iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad running iOS 5.0 or later. You can use the iOS in much the same way; the app detects your geographical location and when you are nearing a landmark, it speaks out its history. The iOS app is connected to the largest historical databases, including Historical Markers, National Register of Historic Places, Historic Bridges, and more.

The app lets you add custom points too along with their own histories. These custom points can be used to make your own walking tours through the Georeader website. A list of points with available histories is always viewable in the application along with their distances from your current location.

The iPhone app is not free and costs $2.99


  • A user-friendly web service.
  • Has versions for Android and iOS.
  • Detects historical places and landmarks when you are near them.
  • Displays history of these places and uses speech to play the text.

Check out Georeader @

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