What’s Out Your Window?

Wednesday November 13, 2019 Written by Smith

Ever looked out an airplane window and wondered what crazy stuff you were flying over? Now there is, as they say, an app for that.

It’s called Flyover Country, and it works by cross-referencing your phone’s GPS (which thankfully still works in airplane mode) with a bunch of paleontological and geological databases to detect interesting features visible from your seat. It then brings up cached Wikipedia articles on anything you might want to know more about. “What’s the deal with that weird rock?” you might ask, to which the app will respond with all the authority of the internet.

The time-killer was designed by a University of Minnesota geologist named Shane Loeffler, who came up with the idea after realising that, unlike him, most flyers aren’t able to look out their windows and see how exciting the stuff beneath them is. Now with the click of a button you’ll be able to spot every dinosaur dig, extinct volcano and weird rock. Just like a geologist. 

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