Windy & Winding is an app for spontaneous weekend trips and adventurous holidays. It provides you with a great way to work out where to travel. You won't need any guide books or travel agents, instead you launch a virtual balloon and let the weather guide you.
The balloon will go where the wind blows it, based on real time wind data. You can follow your balloon from within the app: on a map, and using Augmented Reality (pointing your phone at the sky and seeing your balloon fly). Your balloon will even update you on it's whereabouts through Twitter.
But that's just where the fun starts. You can now use your balloon's path for your own trip away: you simply follow your balloon's trail. Expect the unextpected, this is going to be your most exciting and surprising trip away ever.
And if you get close enough to where your balloon lands, you'll even get your balloon back - ready to launch for your next travel adventure.
So purchase and launch a balloon, see where it goes and go after it!
- Launch a balloon from anywhere in the world
- Follow your balloon on a map and through Augmented Reality
- Also see other balloons from other people that are close to your balloon
- Follow your balloon's Twitter updates
- Allow your balloon to tweet to your own Twitter account
- Compose and send tweets yourself
- Get driving directions to your balloon (directions open in the Maps app on your iPhone)
- Land your flying balloon any time you want
- Pick up your landed balloon if you get close enough (to within 500 meters). When you pick up your balloon you can launch it again.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
- July 22, 2011 Initial release