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Practice Skydive Altimeter for iPhone (altitude awareness)

 


mixedup  (D License)

Sep 15, 2011, 3:44 PM
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At the risk of being labelled a geek (oh well) I admit during AFF I knocked up a practice skydiving altimeter (not a real altimeter) for the iPhone. I lost altitude awareness on AFF stage 3 and was really nervous for the next jump. So I knocked this up to practice with. I think it did kind of help, going through the dives & remembering to look/read the alti, but with hands that were moving/mimic'ing the actual dive.

This won't of use to anyone beyond AFF/AFP, but during these first 9 jumps this might be of use. Anyway had some fun learning how to put it up on the app store.

http://www.skydivingaltimeter.com/

http://itunes.apple.com/...d=463197450&mt=8


(This post was edited by mixedup on Sep 15, 2011, 3:57 PM)


peek  (D 8884)

Sep 15, 2011, 6:06 PM
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At the risk of being labelled a geek...

You are, but that's a good thing!

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I knocked up a practice skydiving altimeter for the iPhone.

Nice work. Not all DZs have those custom made practice altimeters, but with iPhones becoming more prevalent it might make practice altimeters more available.


popsjumper  (D 999999999)

Sep 15, 2011, 6:47 PM
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How cool is dat? You be da Man!


Premier DSE  (D 29060)

Sep 15, 2011, 9:56 PM
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howzabout a Droid app?


theonlyski  (D License)

Sep 16, 2011, 3:46 AM
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howzabout a Droid app?

Just drink the cool-aid and get an iPhone... Tongue


MikeJD  (D 10605)

Sep 16, 2011, 5:08 AM
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I didn't download it, but from the description and screenshot it looks great. Nice work!

A Windows/ Mac version would also be welcomed, I reckon. After all, you can visualise anywhere and sitting at your office desk is no exception. It'd bring a whole new meaning to clockwatching at work. :)


speedy

Sep 16, 2011, 5:13 AM
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Only problem is I am used to working in meters and not feet.Unsure


MikeJD  (D 10605)

Sep 16, 2011, 11:22 AM
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Only problem is I am used to working in meters and not feet.Unsure

Doesn't seem like too much of a deal to add metres as an option, and that would greatly increase the user base - although it would need a new skin for the altimeter graphic.

Still, it's easy for me to say - I'm not the developer. Laugh


mixedup  (D License)

Sep 16, 2011, 1:25 PM
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Only problem is I am used to working in meters and not feet.Unsure
Oh. Probably should have thought of that one. Will add it to the list to update.

Re non-iPhone: if I had the time...took me quite a bit to get the hang of programming in objective-c for iPhone/IOS :). Pity there's not a magic button to compile to whatever platform you want.


Premier DSE  (D 29060)

Sep 16, 2011, 10:03 PM
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howzabout a Droid app?

Just drink the cool-aid and get an iPhone... Tongue
I did.
It doesn't work in most of the places I go, even on the same carrier.
And I have a wrist band holder for my Droid so I can watch how-to videos during an AFF jump.


Yorick  (D 108976)

Sep 24, 2011, 8:52 AM
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Nice app.

My suggestions:
- custom fall rate
- turning the beeps on/off (maybe in the heights list: "off; 6,000; 5,500; etc ...")


Namowal  (A 63059)

Sep 24, 2011, 10:56 AM
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A Windows/ Mac version would also be welcomed, I reckon.
Yes, that would be great! I had to replace my phone recently and considered splurging on an iPhone, but the money I was blowing on learning a certain sport Winkmade it out of the question...


mixedup  (D License)

Sep 24, 2011, 1:43 PM
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Nice app.

My suggestions:
- custom fall rate
- turning the beeps on/off (maybe in the heights list: "off; 6,000; 5,500; etc ...")
Ok thanks. I'll put them on the todo list http://www.skydivingaltimeter.com/?page_id=32


(This post was edited by mixedup on Sep 24, 2011, 2:45 PM)


mixedup  (D License)

Oct 6, 2011, 4:53 PM
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Only problem is I am used to working in meters and not feet.Unsure

Metric support now added in version 2.0 (i.e. can choose to see a metric altimeter face, and set various height in meters now).

http://itunes.apple.com/...ter/id463197450?mt=8


bofh  (D 13995)

Oct 19, 2011, 12:44 AM
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During a rainy day I made a metric altimeter in SVG, so it could run in a lot of different browsers:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4048510/alt_m.svg

It does not have a GUI to change the parameters, but they are in the beginning of the file if someone wants to make a custom version.

Later I also made an imperial version:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4048510/alt_f.svg
and a version that could be controlled via an admin interface on another computer, but after a web server upgrade that doesn't seem to work reliably anymore. It simply made an ajax call to the server looking for a control file and an admin page updated the control file (via a php script) with start/deploy/stop commands for the clients. I can send the code to that version if someone is interested (the current admin interface controls all clients so I don't want to share my installation).


Kerridwen  (B 37029)

Oct 19, 2011, 7:20 PM
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You made it? THANK YOU!! It's helped me be more aware of how long it takes me to do different tasks (like waving off and pulling). Huge help and thank you for sharing plus doing it for free too!


(This post was edited by Kerridwen on Oct 19, 2011, 7:23 PM)


JasonMax  (A License)

Oct 20, 2011, 7:06 PM
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just bought it and installed it on my phone....now I can practice in my spare time.

thanks!

Jason


dorbie

Jul 30, 2012, 12:56 PM
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Coming soon.


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BigRageDave

Aug 9, 2012, 8:59 AM
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https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=elevation.general&hl=en

Altimeter app for Android. Haven't testedt it yet but the reviews state it's pretty solid.


mixedup  (D License)

Aug 24, 2012, 3:23 AM
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got some requests for a Droid version (and metric support) - links here: http://www.dropzone.com/...ost=4364085;#4364085


dorbie

Aug 31, 2012, 3:27 PM
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https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=elevation.general&hl=en

Altimeter app for Android. Haven't testedt it yet but the reviews state it's pretty solid.

I hope you realize how unsuitable that is?

This thread is about a ground training utility. NOT about a real altimeter. Anyone using a phone or any other GPS device as a skydiving altimeter has a death wish.



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