Wow! Plane sky pointy info app!
Who among us can say that they’ve never stood and gawped upwards at an aeroplane as it’s flown overhead, gesticulating wildly at it and yelling ‘Uuurgh! Big iron bird! Big iron bird come kill us!’ Exactly – we’ve all been there.
But now, if you’re an iPhone owner, your plane-staring can be enhanced in ways that you probably never thought would be possible – thanks to an app called Plane Finder AR.
The AR stands for ‘augmented reality’ and allows you to point your phone instead of your fist at the passing plane before retrieving a big bunch of info about it, all from available air traffic management data. Stuff like the flight number, its speed, altitude, last port of call and destination, and how far away it is from you. Like, cor blimey.
We haven’t tried it ourselves, largely because we’re operating from a hermetically-sealed bunker that’s 50 feet below the surface of the Earth, but reviews of Plane Finder AR in the app store are largely positive, so if you think it’s the sort of thing you’d use more than once, then go for it.
As far as we’re concerned, it’s all well and good, but until they make an augmented reality app that can identify women who aren’t looking for a relationship and also tells us how many drinks it’ll take to get them into bed we’ll remain slightly unimpressed by these so-called ‘technological advances’.