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When you visit historical places and landmarks, you often do not know much about them. Unless you take a book a with you, there are not really any helpful guides on hand that explain the significance of the location you are visiting. It is even more unfortunate when landmarks are in the way of your trip and you pass them without realizing how significant they are.

A phone app that helps you solve this problem is Georeader.

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Georeader is an excellent phone application that has been out on Android for quite some time; in fact, we have covered it on MakeUseOf in the past. Android users have used the application to automatically detect when they are nearing a popular landmark. The phone app then provides a short account of the landmark and plays the information as speech so you can see the sites without worrying about reading the information text.

Now the Georeader application has an iOS version out too. The iOS version is sized at nearly 61 MB and is compatible with iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad running iOS 5.0 or later. You can use the iOS in much the same way; the app detects your geographical location and when you are nearing a landmark, it speaks out its history. The iOS app is connected to the largest historical databases, including Historical Markers, National Register of Historic Places, Historic Bridges, and more.

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The app lets you add custom points too along with their own histories. These custom points can be used to make your own walking tours through the Georeader website. A list of points with available histories is always viewable in the application along with their distances from your current location.

The iPhone app is not free and costs $2.99. The developers behind the app were generous enough to provide 10 free codes for our readers, 10 first people to comment will get them.

Features:

  • A user-friendly web service.
  • Has versions for Android and iOS.
  • Detects historical places and landmarks when you are near them.
  • Displays history of these places and uses speech to play the text.

Check out Georeader @ http://www.mygeoreader.com 

  1. Beth Ritter-Guth
    August 1, 2012 at 7:47 am

    This looks like an AWESOME app for students!!!

  2. Andrey Zvyagin
    August 1, 2012 at 2:11 am

    I would like to try

  3. Nemo
    August 1, 2012 at 2:01 am

    I would like to get it too its amazing but im not among the 10 :(

  4. Autumn Godwin
    August 1, 2012 at 1:41 am

    This totally would have helped while I was in Amsterdam trying, in a very Harold and Kumar way, to find the Anne Frank house. To this day I think it was a farce ...

  5. Patrice Weaver
    August 1, 2012 at 1:36 am

    This looks like a fantastic app.

  6. Vakul
    July 30, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    This sounds like a good app. Would like to have a copy

  7. Stephanie Evans
    July 30, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Am I one of the first ten?

  8. Nick
    July 30, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Great, this will be useful for my upcoming vacation in Florida.

  9. Digant Chauhan
    July 30, 2012 at 5:23 am

    love to have one. Just reposting comment as it is not appearing in list.

  10. Indy Fab
    July 30, 2012 at 3:38 am

    Sounds good. Especially for when you unexpectedly have free time to explore

  11. Nelson Maldonado
    July 30, 2012 at 12:25 am

    This would be awesome on those road trips where all you see is highway, restops and other travelers. It would be great to make a few detours in the name of History.

  12. Mark Meck
    July 30, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Awesome idea, how many times drive by something and not know the neat stuff nearby

  13. UD98
    July 29, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    i think this is a cool concept.

  14. UsherDavidson
    July 29, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    This looks really cool! can't wait to try it out.

  15. David C
    July 29, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    In California there are historical landmarks list by number. I've often thought it would be great to have an ability to look them up with a smartphone as you pass them by, I'd love to try this app out

  16. Kevin
    July 29, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Seems like a quality app. I wonder if they will offer any integration with foursquare.

  17. Jerry Swiatek
    July 29, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Dang...I just got back from vacation and would have LOVED to have an app like this. This looks fantastic.

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