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App Creation #22 – App Inspiration – TomTom Satellite Navigation


Not so long ago satellite navigation systems or Sat Nav’s for short, were considered a luxury item which only the hardcore technology enthusiasts who yearned for the latest gadgetry would dare purchase. Now though, the market for these devices is far more accessible for those who desire a decent aid to our driving needs.

We Have the Technology

When purchasing a stand alone satellite navigation system, you were not just spending your hard earned cash on the software, but the hardware as well. Today, those mobile phones we dare not leave at home are also extremely powerful hardware devices and the need to have yet another gadget accompanying you on your travels is fast becoming nonsensical.

You Have Reached Your Destination

TomTom and many other apps like it offer road navigation for a fraction of the cost compared to stand alone units. Features are comparable with turn by turn instructions, clear display of the roads ahead and not forgetting the vocal instructions.

Text-to-Speech reads out aloud the instructions and road names, reducing the need to monitor the screen at every junction of your journey.

Traffic management is an added monthly or yearly purchase, but you then have a fighting chance of avoiding those delays due to accidents, road works and road blocks.

iTunes Store Link: TomTom U.K. & Ireland

App Creation Series

There are literally hundreds of thousands of applications and games available to download using the digital marketplace. These range from basic clocks to fully fledged 3D gaming experiences rivalling even the leading portable devices that usually only specialise in this field.

Your challenge is competing with this vast library of already impressive offerings which, although a daunting prospect to the fledgling traveller, can be navigated successfully with the right ideas and implementation. Whether you want to create an income generator or simply desire recognition for your efforts, this book will aim to show you the path and inspire your imagination to overflow with possibilities.

Allow me to guide you through the wilderness and raise your chances of realising your development dreams by detailing different routes with this light hearted tour of the Apps terrain. Featuring a myriad of exciting and surprising examples, you can glean important suggestions for your own creation.

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Written by James Woodcock

James Woodcock is a Freelance Journalist specialising in gaming and technology. Ever since he experienced the first controllable pixel movement on the television screen, he has been entranced by the possibilities and rewarding entertainment value generated from these metal and plastic boxes of delight. Writing hundreds of articles including commentary and reviews on various gaming platforms, while also interviewing well known industry figures for popular online publications.

Experience in classic game music MIDI enhancement. DVD and HD Video capture, editing, scripting and creation. Podcasting, Internet Radio DJ and Musician.

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