Google has released a new iOS app today called Field Trip. The app had previously been an Android-only one before today’s launch. The app is a location-based augmented reality app that displays information on your screen or into your Bluetooth headset when you are near an area of interest.

Field Trip uses technologies from a little bit of everybody to a accomplish its goals. It uses code and search from Google, maps from Apple, and hyperlocal place information from companies like Thrillist, Food Network, Zagat, and Run Riot for food results; Sunset, Cool Hunting, WeHeart, Inhabitat, and Remodelista for shopping results; and Songkick and Flavorpill for local music gigs.

From the apps App Store listing, these are some of its highlights:

  • Discover thousands of interesting places/experiences that fall under the following categories: Architecture, Historic Places & Events, Lifestyle, Offers & Deals, Food Drinks & Fun, Movie Locations, Outdoor Art and Obscure Places of Interest around you.
  • Choose from three different modes to set frequency of Field Trip notifications. See “Field Trip” worthy places around you on a map, by tapping on cards in map view to pull up enthralling points of interest around you.
  • Go on a Field Trip while you drive. Field Trip can detect when you’re driving and automatically “talk” about interesting places and experience around you.
  • Came across an amazing story or restaurant? Mark it as a favorite to easily come back to it at any point.
  • Capture the memory of a special place, by sharing a wondrous discovery through email and social networks such as Google+, Twitter and Facebook.
  • Wondering where the gem that you recently discovered is? Find your discovered field trip cards in the “recent” section.

Field Trip is a free download.

Google releases new iOS app ‘Field Trip’ originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 07 Mar 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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