Must Have Olympic Apps Pair Function and Fun
A large overnight snowfall, taking Whistler Blackcomb’s base to 303 cms, had postponed the Men’s Super Combined. All other Whistler events moved forward as planned. If you’re app-i-fied, you had probably already known that. Today’s mobile apps make it easy to stay up-to-date or track a day on the slopes GPS-style.
Amidst all the buzz and excitement, staying informed of news and events from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games felt like an overwhelming task. Luckily we had technology to help us along, namely mobile applications that shared Olympic moments, kept us on schedule, provided up to the minute medal counts and even helped us cheer on our favourite teams.
One of the best Olympic apps was hands down the "Official Mobile Spectator Guide" (links open in iTunes) for the Games presented by Bell. The interface is intuitive, the design is slick and the content is comprehensive. Both Sport and Culture event information was available in the app, including the lengthy list of free concerts. You could display information for either Vancouver or Whistler (or both) as well as view enriched data on all Olympic venues. A ‘Favourites’ function also provided ease of access to your preferred sporting events, venues or cultural experience. INSIDER TIP: Give this app a shake and you may just see your favourite furry friend appear!
There were two apps available from the official broadcasters CTV and NBC. Above and beyond schedules and venues, these news-provider apps brought you the stories and headlines, photography and video highlights of the Games. CTV’s app also featured a comprehensive section on the athletes. NBC’s app brings in the social side of technology allowing you to share content via Facebook or Twitter or even within their own ‘Huddle’ groups.
If you’re looking to annoy your fellow fans, be sure to cheer on your favourite team or athlete by downloading the Cowbell2010 app. Choose your Nation flag and shake, shake, shake away!
If you’re looking to impress your fellow fans, download the "Winter Games Medal Table" application to become a fountain of Olympic medals trivia.
Several mobile apps dedicated to Whistler, Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Games, also exist. To enhance your resort experience, try one of these:
1. RealSki – the first augmented reality trail map application for ski resorts. The app uses the camera, accelerometer, compass and GPS to map ski-trails of more than 80 North American mountains including Whistler Blackcomb.
2. Snowseekers Whistler Go-Guide – unlock the best of Whistler by having the latest and greatest information from dining and après to events and attractions right at your fingertips.
3. Whistler 3D – a three dimensional map app of the Whistler Blackcomb ski area allowing you to trace your tracks!