Get Alerted to Everything Cool Around You By Letting Google Know Where You Are, Always

– Jordan

From Lifehacker


Field Trip app is a virtual local tour guide that’s always running in the background. It pops up interesting local information—from local history and architecture to the best restaurants and shopping—without you having to ask for it.

After you choose whether you want just occasional notifications or frequent ones, Field Trip runs quietly in the background, looking for anything notable around you. The app pulls in information from a ton of sources including: Zagat and Eater in the food & drinks category, Architizer for architecture, and The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations and Atlas Obscura for unique (and possibly bizarre) finds.

When it finds something, Field Trip notifies you with a ringtone and/or vibration. It can even read the title and description to you. View the event, place, or thing on a map and read more about it within the app. You can also choose to get more or fewer notifications from individual sources.

Why I’m curious:

When Sonar came out some people where quite freaked out, frankly people were still freaked out with Highlight too but they were also starting to expose more of their information in order to benefit from the creepiness. Now with people getting more comfortable with the idea of giving up where they are at anytime a big name like Google can really lead the movement into make it the new norm. I’m awaiting the day when serendipity is automated through your device on a daily basis.


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