Polarsteps automates your journey running a blog
Journey is enjoyable and glamorous and all, however everyone knows what packing your rucksack and heading for the Amazon is actually about: Making your family and friends a deep shade of jealous inexperienced. Polarsteps simply raised a seed spherical to proceed creating its automated journey running a blog app, to make the jealousy-machine run simply that tiny bit smoother.
As you journey, your journey log begins taking form.
The Amsterdam-based mostly firm raised a modest €500,000 ($563k) in seed funding from Silver Level Ventures and TMG final week. The funds will probably be used to deliver its iOS app (presently in public beta) to function-completion, and to launch an Android model.
The idea is straightforward: Schedule the occasions you’re touring and your app does the remaining. It checks your location occasionally, and publishes its findings to a webpage so your family and friends can comply with alongside together with your globetrotting. As you add pictures and places, your journey log populates itself. The prototype for the app was examined on an epic motorbike street journey from Amsterdam to Cape City. The ensuing journey log is spectacular, and is the supply of a extreme case of itchy ft in your correspondent.
Polarsteps is optimized for journey, which signifies that you don’t want knowledge roaming or cell protection to let the app do its factor: GPS works independently of cellular reception and the app synchronizes its knowledge each time you hit a pocket of cell reception — or if you log in to the Wi-Fi on the lodge on the finish of an extended, dusty day of journey.
“The app is presently in public beta, and everybody can use it,” says Koen Droste, the corporate’s co-founder. He clarifies that the Beta label displays that the app presently has a restricted function-set and that it alerts that Polarsteps is underneath lively improvement.
The Polarsteps platform consists of an iPhone / Apple Watch app and an internet-app. An Android model is coming this summer time, the corporate says.
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The implementation of Polarsteps could be very properly finished, however the concept itself isn’t notably unique: there have been a slew of corporations and options on this area through the years. Particularly, the Polarsteps answer has various issues in widespread with esplorio.
The thought for Polarsteps got here to Niek Bokkers, one of many firm’s founders, when he set out to sea on a crusing peregrination again in 2013. To maintain his household within the loop on his location and probability of nonetheless being alive, he created an app that mechanically up to date his family members on his location. His family and friends’s response satisfied him that maybe there can be a wider viewers — and the thought for an iOS-based mostly model was born.
Along with places and pictures, Polarsteps tracks a ton of different knowledge, together with distance traveled, nations visited and extra.
“The funding spherical this month means we’re now going full steam forward on an Android model. We hope to launch it this summer time”, says Droste.
The app is free to obtain and obtainable now on iOS.