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I do sports where there’s a real chance of getting lost. A common joke is about the guy who, when asked to show his compass at the pre-race equipment check, pulls out his iPhone. Now the joke’s been flipped on its head. Spyglass is an advanced compass and GPS navigation app for iPhone and iPad. It’s the real deal – it works as you drive, cycle, sail, fly or hike.

Spyglass uses a variety of hardware sensors. There’s the milspec compass operating in 3D space so you can see direction hints for several targets at once, updated in real-time. For example, you could lay the compass over a live camera image or maps to see which way you’re facing. A gyrocompass – as used in air and marine navigation – will let you reach unbelievable precision.

Tactical GPS lets you find and track your location, coordinates in geo and military formats, and includes readings for altitude, current and maximum speed and course. It’s also stuffed with tools such as maps, waypoint tracker, speedometer, altimeter, sniper’s rangefinder, coordinate converter, inclinometer and angular calculator. Now you can visually measure the heights of mountains, store locations you’ll need later, and calculate distances from dimensions.

Forget meditation – this is the real way to find yourself.

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