Apple Watch app shows live travel statistics

Travel app Polarsteps enables travelers to log their journey and check travel stats right from their wrist

22 APRIL 2015

Polarsteps, the new app that allows travelers to automatically track their adventures, has announced today the launch of their Apple Watch app. With this update to the iPhone app, owners of an Apple Watch can log their route and see travel stats right from their wrist.

With the Polarsteps app for the Apple Watch, travelers can easily add their current location to the route they traveled. Whenever an internet connection is available the information is automatically updated on an interactive world map, that can be shared in real time with friends and family at home. Besides keeping track of the route, travelers also get to see live travel stats - such as distance and trip duration - directly on the watch. For hardcore travelers there is a screen that shows the total stats of all their previous trips.

Polarsteps launched its iPhone app only a few weeks ago, and adding an Apple Watch app to their selection was a natural next step according to the founders. "We decided to build Polarsteps because of our own need for an easy and beautiful travel log that would help keep friends and family at home up to date. From the beginning, we've been investigating smart ways to leverage all the technology that travelers carry with them nowadays, so taking advantage of the new possibilities that the Apple Watch brings is an obvious step in our quest to make logging and sharing your travels as easy as possible," says Polarsteps CEO Koen Droste.

The Apple Watch app can be installed by downloading the Polarsteps iPhone app from the app store. For travelers who don't own Apple's latest gadget yet, routes can also be logged through the iPhone app or the beta version of the desktop site at www.polarsteps.com.

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Over Polarsteps
Polarsteps wordt met liefde gemaakt in Amsterdam door enthousiaste avonturiers met een passie voor reizen, design en tech. Niet voor niets werd het idee voor Polarsteps geboren tijdens een zeiltrip over de Atlantische oceaan. De scale-up bouwt sinds de lancering in 2015 hard aan dé plek waar reizigers hun trips kunnen plannen, tracken en voor altijd blijven herinneren. Inmiddels maken wereldwijd meer dan 2 miljoen reizigers gebruik van de app.

Over de app
Polarsteps trackt automatisch je route en de plekken die je bezocht hebt tijdens het reizen. Simpelweg door je telefoon in je tas of broekzak mee te nemen. Zodra je verbonden bent met internet, plot de app vanzelf al je routes, belangrijke locaties en foto’s op een kleurrijke kaart die live met vrienden en familie gedeeld kan worden. Als je reis is afgelopen maak je één met druk op de knop een prachtig fotoalbum met al je foto’s, verhalen en reisstatistieken bij elkaar.

Reizigers kunnen Polarsteps gebruiken via iPhone, Android en de website: www.polarsteps.com


About the company
Polarsteps is created by a bunch of enthusiastic adventurers with a passion for travel, design and tech. The Amsterdam-based scale-up aims to build the place to go to for travelers that want to plan, track and remember their trips.

The first prototype of Polarsteps was invented when co-founder Niek Bokkers wrote a small app on a Transatlantic sailing trip that shared trip updates with his family via a satellite phone. His trip went viral among fellow travelers, who loved the concept of an automatic travel tracker. A later prototype for the app was tested on an epic motorcycle road trip from Amsterdam to Cape Town.

Based on those experiences, the first public beta of Polarsteps was launched in 2015. Following rapid traction amongst travelers, the company raised multiple rounds of investment which were used to further develop Polarsteps into a cross-platform experience. Polarsteps is now available on iPhone, Android and through the website at www.polarsteps.com.

About the app
Polarsteps automatically tracks your route and places you've visited while you are traveling. Just carry your phone in your pocket or bag. Once connected to the internet, the app seamlessly plots travel routes, key locations, photos, and videos on a colorful world map that can be shared in real-time with friends and family. When your trip is finished, a beautiful instant photo album can be generated with the push of a button.

Travelers can use Polarsteps on iPhone, Android and through the website at www.polarsteps.com.

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