I was really excited to hear about Google’s exciting new Field Trip app. Apparently for those using Android this is old news, but it’s finally made it’s way to IOS. Here’s a description pulled from the Itunes store.
Field Trip, your guide to the cool, hidden, and unique things in the world around you is now on the iPhone! Field Trip runs in the background on your phone. When you get close to something interesting, it will notify you and if you have a headset or bluetooth connected, it can even read the info to you.
Field Trip can help you learn about everything from local history to the latest and best places to shop, eat, and have fun. You select the local feeds you like and the information pops up on your phone automatically, as you walk next to those places.
The hyperlocal history experts of Arcadia and Historvius will unveil local lore in places you never expected. Trend-setting publications like Thrillist, Food Network, Zagat, and Run Riot will point out the best places to eat and drink. Experts at Sunset, Cool Hunting, WeHeart, Inhabitat, and Remodelista will guide you to the latest unique stores and products. Atlas Obscura and Daily Secret help you uncover hidden gems no matter where you are. Songkick and Flavorpill guide you to local music.
What did you discover today? Enrich yourself with a Field trip during your commute. Live like a local when you travel to new places. Eat and shop off the beaten path. Or simply discover the obscure history about your neighborhood during your next walk to the park.
Get ready to see this world with new eyes!
So this sounds damn cool to say the least. I immedietly had to get it. but, I was in for a surprise.. A bad surprise.
Apparently Field Trip and voiceover do not get along. When using voice over once you make it past the secodn screen, you can say good bye to field trip. relaunchign the app produces the ability to send a crash report, so at least Field Trip knows it’s crashed.
this is the first time I’ve ever seen an app that disagrees with voice over. Turning voice over off makes the app work just fine. I’m curious as to what causes this odd behavior, and really hope google will find a way to fix this glaring problem.