Google is constantly trying to seamlessly blend techology and everyday life together, and now with their new application, they are getting closer and closer to accomplishing just that.
According to the Huffington Post, Google has come out with a new application called “Field Trip”. This ingenious application works as an automated guide to the world around you.
As you carry on with your day to day lives, “Field Trip”, available on Android devices (with an iPhone version on the way), is designed to run in the background of your phone. The application will ping you with notifications about nearby landmarks, surrounding restaurants and miscellaneous local trivia as your day progresses.
“When you get close to something interesting, [the app] pops up a card with details about the location,” “Field Trip”s description reads. “No click is required. If you have a headset or bluetooth connected, it can even read the info to you.”
According to the app’s website, “Field Trip” has two settings. The first setting is “Feeling Lucky”, which will send the user an occasional notification of something interesting. The second setting is “Explore”, which will push a great deal of information to the user. The app can also be turned off to give the user a break from all of the notifications.
The types of notifications that are pushed to the user can be adjusted based on the specific user’s mood or likes. If you want to see more notifications about shopping, then you can adjust the “Offers and Deals” notifications setting, or if you want to learn more about certain builings or landmarks, you can adjust the “Architecture” or “Historic Places” feeds.
In order to produce and upkeep this constant stream of information, Google has teamed up with several large companies such as Zagat (recently purchased by Google), Eater, Inhabitat and The Daily Secret.
“The idea behind the app was to build something that would help people connect with the real, physical world around them,” a vice president of product, John Hanke, told the New York Times.