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General Caching / Re: AR (Augmented Reality) caches
« Last post by Bear and Ragged on July 12, 2018, 06:53:53 pm »
The reviews for the app don't sound too good...
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General Caching / Re: AR (Augmented Reality) caches
« Last post by Gackt on July 11, 2018, 07:57:36 am »
I have just intalled the Metaverse app on my phone, but it doesn't like it. It downloaded and installed ok, but when I start it, the phone freezes. Think this one is going to have to wait till my next phone upgrade.
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General Caching / Re: AR (Augmented Reality) caches
« Last post by walktall on July 08, 2018, 09:57:33 pm »
Can I ask, did you need to use mobile data for this, or did you just need to download the game to your phone/GPSr and play offline?

Did a quick test just now, with this particular AR. The app will not start without a data connection but once started, you can turn off data and it runs to the end.

I did find it handy to have my GPS, as I put the co-ordinates into that to move to the next location.

I had a quick look at the AR builder, lots you can do and the CO said it was a lot easier then Wherigo :)
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Cotswold Caching / Locationless Caches
« Last post by Gackt on July 07, 2018, 02:04:54 pm »
Locationless Caches


Terracaching LC - Coordinate Palindromes

What is a Locationless Cache?
A Locationless Cache (LC), typically challenges you to find a particular object and log your find by posting the coordinates.

Some LCs require you do a little more to claim your find, for example post a photograph of yourself, or of your GPSr, at the location to help prove you physically visited the location.

To add an extra element of difficulty to obtain a find, some COs include an additional twist to the 'little extra'. An example could be "Find a street sign with a colour in the name, e.g. Caches Green. Take a photo of yourself by the street sign wearing an item of clothing of the same colour." ...some include much harder challenges.


What I like about Locationless Caches
I was a relatively latecomer to Geocaching, discovering the activity ten years to the month after the first ever one was placed. As with many people, after just a few finds it became vey addictive. Every time that I found myself visiting an out of town location I would look up Geocaches to hunt down.

After a few months of playing this game I began to learn of other geocaching hosting sites, some of which hosted related games, for example gpsgames.org. Some had LCs listed, and this became an additional work lunchtime activity for me when there were no new physical caches close by to hunt down.

LCs, as Geocaching did near the start for me, now form part of my way of life. If I am visiting a new area I will check the listings to see if I can grab a find that I ordinarily would not be able to near home. I am also mindful of the vast amount of listings I have perused, and have a different way of looking at my surroundings to see if I can spot criteria for logging an LC whilst out and about my normal daily life. Like Geocaching, Locationless Caching has taken me to places, shown me things, and made me do things I would maybe of never have seen or done, otherwise.


Terracaching LC - Have you hugged your body artist lately?


Where can I find Locationless Caches to go hunt?
LCs have not been a type of cache available on geocaching.com for many years. You will need look at other hosting sites to join in this fun activity. Here are a few:

waymarking.com – Groundspeak’s site dedicated just to LCs. You can log in using your existing geocaching.com account.

terracaching.com – Over 1000 active and mostly unique LCs available to hunt, as well as other hosted cache types like Traditionals and Cybers. They a have points systems to add an additional element of fun and to help keep general quality high, and leaderboards.

geocaching.com.au – Australia’s own all-in-one cache listing site, but available to the world to play. In amongst its plethora of hosted cache types are hundreds of LCs of varying quality.


Want to try finding a Locationless Cache right now?
We have one hosted right HERE, so you can start straight away without leaving this site  :)

If you haven't tried Locationless Caching before, I recommend you do give it a try. Let us know how you get on below :)

Have fun!
V Gackt V
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GPS Games / LC01 – Pun intended
« Last post by Gackt on July 07, 2018, 01:38:08 pm »
LC01 – Pun intended

For this simple Locationless Cache you are required to find a sign that uses a play on words to humorous effect.

The sign could be the name of a business, a street, or maybe an order or warning. You can use a sign located anywhere except from inside your own home.

To post a "found it" log here, start your log with FOUND. Post the coordinates of the sign, and a photo of it with your GPSr in shot. Example...



You may use old photos if you have one that meets the criteria. You may log as many finds as you like, but only one find per sign/location.
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General Caching / Re: AR (Augmented Reality) caches
« Last post by Gackt on July 06, 2018, 12:22:39 pm »
Interesting.

Since my little play with Pokemon Go, and quite a while before that.. Monstercache, I haven't had a go at any AI type GPS games. Can I ask, did you need to use mobile data for this, or did you just need to download the game to your phone/GPSr and play offline?

Whichever, it is nice to see some new styles of caches placed on the Groundspeak site.
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General Caching / AR (Augmented Reality) caches
« Last post by walktall on July 01, 2018, 10:01:30 pm »
I hadn't realised that Groundspeak are looking at other methods of finding caches using Augmented Reality apps to guide you there.


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2.19. Augmented Reality (AR) and geocaching

From June 06th, 2018 to Sept 06th, 2018 you can submit a Mystery Cache for review that requires the finder to use an Augmented Reality (AR) app to find the cache. This is an experiment to see how the geocaching community will use AR technology. Any caches published within this experiment may be archived at a later date by Geocaching HQ if circumstances change.

At the end of this time period, Geocaching HQ will decide if the published caches will be grandfathered or archived.


I tried this cache AR_Geohound Hunt as a FTF and to try out this new AR approached. The AR worked it got me to GZ, I just couldn't find the cache :o :(

This is the only one I've tried and don't know what the capabilities are but it gave me co-ordinates which I put into my Garmin, once there I hit the Ready (got there) button, it asked a multi-choice question, I got it correct and it gave me the next co-ordinates to go to, I put them into my Garmin, etc, until it got you to the cache. That was it, the camera had gone into power save, so the Geohound (in this case) was just on a black background.

Anyone else tried one?

Here's a screen shot of Geohound with this post in the background  8)
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Cotswold Caching / Re: Welcome to the new home of Cotswold Caching
« Last post by walktall on June 30, 2018, 09:05:15 am »
I wondered if a certain other person had shot out to get them, especially as I know it takes me about 30mins to get over there but was getting a bit close to the end of the month  :o

Been very few new local caches to me published this month. The closest was when there was a major Internet outage in our area, no broadband or mobile signal and only saw the cache after it had already been found :(
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Cotswold Caching / Re: Welcome to the new home of Cotswold Caching
« Last post by tarmacjohn on June 28, 2018, 06:37:41 pm »
I looked at those two, luckily for you I couldn't be bothered.  ;)
I might start looking for a few soon
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Caching Gear/ Tech Talk / Re: The demise of the GPS receiver
« Last post by Griff Grof on June 28, 2018, 10:09:34 am »
I’m definitely using my smartphone for caching more than I was back then. I use Groundspeak’s Geocaching® app, which isn’t perfect but it’s free (now) and does the job.

The big benefit of caching by phone is convenience, including being able to search for caches on the spot - there’s no hassle in terms of planning where you’re going, downloading the GPX file etc.

However, I do tend to use a GPS when completing a series/longer walk. There are various reasons for this, including the longer battery life. 

We had a poll about this on the GAGB FB group earlier this year and 45% said they (mostly) cache using a smartphone, 35% GPS and 18% both. So, there appears to still be a place for the GPSr within the caching community.
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