The future of Geocaching is about to change. At least, it will do with my caches.
Being a big fan of utilising the latest technology to make geocaching fun, the roll-out of iOS11 on Apple devices has thrust augmented reality mainstream and is about to take the world by store. By blending digital objects and information with the environment around you, ARKit takes apps beyond the screen, freeing them to interact with the real world in entirely new ways.
The App I intend to use with my next cache is called ‘World Brush’ and its tag line reads ” AR app where you paint on the real world for others to find” – can you see where I am going with this yet?
The ability to ‘paint’ at Ground Zero and leave it for others to find, days, weeks or months later, throws up all sorts of possibilitys.
Now, Groundspeak possibly will not let your run a ‘virtual’ log book, where you can sign your name in the sky to prove that you were at GZ but I see no reason why you cannot put the hint actually on the bridge under which the cache is hidden, or perhaps put the code to a padlock up in the branches of the tree?
The downsides to this plan? Well, apart from Android users not being able to access this app (or at least the pictures that have been left behind) is one small downside as is people not running iOS11, Garmin GPS users or just those that are not tech-savy but for the rest, I think this could be a lot of fun indeed.