The Best Dives of Bonaire (Temporary Project Name), apart from being an eBook, is a navigation software.
In Bonaire, there is a 3G network and several Wifi points but no GPS yet on board of the rental car’s fleets.
You can’t get a good signal everywhere on Bonaire. Our idea is to provide both online and offline applications.
The RoadBook and the DiveGuide are working the same way
Since the beginning of June, the Map War has unofficially began. Apple bought the company C3 technology in order to provide a sophisticated integrated service of their own in iOs 6 and Google has just released a 3D map service.
From now on, Google maps can work offline on Android. The 3D mode goes along with the street view, the underwater view and the satellite mode.
We have choosen to work on two platforms, Android and iOs. We are now in the process of building applications for the Kindle Fire, the iPad 3 and the iPhone 4S for a start.
Our aim, at GlobeDivers is to bring a bathymetrical view of the reef, at least from the shallow waters to a depth of 35 meters. Garmin is proposing an extended vector nautical chart since nearly 10 years now. The map comes with photographies of the harbor and a 3D underwater view which indicates depth and relief and follows the boat position via GPS.
Adapt this concept to a scuba diver and you have a map, with the pictures of the dive site, entries and exits with underwater photographies of the flora and fauna. Then add a 3 D model of the reef, the way the diver sees it plus 3 D objects of coral gardens and shipwrecks. Finally, insert and conform the data into an existing road/pedestrian navigation software. It may fit very well the Dive and Drive paradigm.
The 3D is perhaps not so needed now to many users but it opens up the road to implement new algorithms, it is paramount to software developers. Think about the game industry and see how 3D engines have changed the business.
©2012 Olivier Douvry/GlobeDivers