by Joe White
September 13, 2013
Pebble Hike is an iPhone application that allows hikers, runners, and bikers - and particularly those based in the British Isles - to share mapping information with a Pebble smart watch. The reason why Pebble Hike is aimed at Brits is because the service relies on Ordnance Survey (OS) mapping information: the OS is the national mapping agency for the United Kingdom, and its data powers a number of other applications available in the App Store. Once connected to a Pebble smart watch, however, Pebble Hike provides users with three screens of information:
In turn, this it protects the handset from adverse weather conditions (Pebble, remember, is waterproof), and it's all round safer for hikers, runners, and bikers, since it keeps one's hands free. That being said, Pebble Hike is likely to be tough on the iPhone's battery life, due to its need for a sustained GPS connection. Pebble Hike can be downloaded free of charge in the App Store, and it's optimized for the iPhone. For more Pebble related news, see: Oh, Snap! How To Shoot Images Using Your Pebble, Jailbreak-Free, Pebble Users Can Enable Push Email Now Using eNotify For iOS, and Add Additional Features To Your Pebble Smart Watch With Smartwatch Pro.
- A representation of your current OS grid square with a marker showing your location within the square and, if you're moving, your approximate bearing.
- Your exact easting and northing, sheet number and altitude in metres.
- Your longitude, latitude and altitude in feet.