Weather Forecasting has Never been so Realistic and Funny!
Named after Shango, the ancient african god of thunder and weather, "shangoo" is the first Augmented Reality Weather App. The App allows users to visualize the weather forecasts and data by means of a unique and innovative Augmented Reality interface.
The application uses AR to overlay real-time 3D weather effects associated with real weather forecasts onto the view of the mobile device. By means of the geo-location feature users will access the weather data in the place where they are with a maximum 5 days interval, or can search any location worldwide.
Several meteorological effects have been rendered in the application, including clouds, thunders, rain, snow and fog.
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shangoo is immediate. It's no longer necessary to interpret symbols to read the weather forecasts. Thanks to the dynamic effects of the application, the user easily understands what the weather will look like.
shangoo is contextual. By means of geo-location, users will have access to weather data directly in the place where they are located.
shangoo is realistic. The weather data are rendered through dynamic and realistic 3D effects (including audio) that are associated with the expected weather conditions at the time of the visualization.
shangoo is amazing. The app creates infinite Alternate Realities, that is, situations in which the user can, for example, have the experience of a tropical beach in the southern hemisphere during summer along with the snow in Helsinki during winter.
shangoo is connected. Use your smartphone 's Internet connection to download the data associated with the prediction from anywhere in the world with a span of 5 days.
shangoo is social. Thanks to the social feature, users can share their experiences on major social networks and with the world.
Real-time weather forecasting
Daily forecasts for night, afternoon, evening and morning
3D Weather effects
Current location forecasting
Share with Facebook and Twitter
No Ads during visualization
Search other locations worldwide
How can I become a beta tester for the Android version?
Just request to join the shangoo beta program in Google groups. After your request has been accepted, just follow the instructions you will get in the group.
What is "shangoo" all about?
shangoo is the first Augmented Reality Weather App for smartphones. It uses mobile sensors and gps receiver to get the localization information and orientation of the user's viewpoint. The localization and orientation information is used to overlay 3D dynamic effects onto the camera view. The effects are associated with the selected weather forecasts.
Where can I use the application?
You can use the application both outdoor and indoor.
What do I need to make the application run correctly?
Besides having a supported smartphone, you need to activate the gps receiver. Also an active internet connection is required. If the gps receiver is not enabled and you have no internet connection available, then you will not be able to use it.
How do I change the day of the forecast?
It's really easy. The day is displayed:
1) on the upper right corner of the view and
2) in the middle of the main interface ring.
To change the day, you can either tap the small arrows on the left and right of the displayed day or click the small dot just above the day and perform a complete round movement (clockwise to move forward, counter-clockwise to move backwards).
How do I take a picture and share it on social networks?
To take a picture you have to:
1) rotate the phone from portrait to landscape
2) once in landscape a small camera icon will show in the bottom center of the view. Just tap it and choose between Facebook and Twitter to share the picture.
How do I change the location?
To change the location you need to buy the paid version of shangoo. Once you have installed it, tap the name of the current location, or just tap the small placemark symbol (if the location is not yet visualized). Soon after the search slot will show up. You can type in the name of the location you are searching for in english. The search results will show a small number of matching locations, if available. You have to select the one you are interested in.
I have installed and launched the application on my Android device. No matter how long I wait, the application seems to hang while downloading data. How do I solve this issue?
Maybe your device is not updated. Try to update your Android operative system.
How do I remove the ads?
The free version of shangoo comes with ads that appear from time to time during visualization. You can only remove ads by purchasing the paid version of shangoo which costs less than 1 euro.
What mobile devices are currently supported?
The application is currently available for Android and iOS. The app page on the store contains all the details.
I get the interface wheel on the iPhone 5 but not on the iPad 2 or 3. I have tried tapping on the date and centre of screen but the interface ring doesn't come up. How can I solve this?
To visualize the interface you should keep the device a little bit in front of you, almost in vertical position, but in any case it never on a plane parallel to the floor. In this latter circumstance, in fact, the app cannot tell if the device is in portrait or landscape.
How do I refresh the forecasts data during visualization?
Generally, the app updates the data from time to time. If you want to force the update of the forecasts, you should tap on small weather icon located at the bottom right corner of the display.