If you have not been living under a rock you know about the fiasco which is the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The team at Trimble built a free mobile app and website which allows users like you to record the impact of the oil spill from your BlackBerry. You can take photos, notes, video, mark your location and the app will publish it on www.mapthespill.org.
- GPS-enabled: Map the Spill uses your phone’s built-in GPS. It’s designed to work even in areas without cellphone coverage.
- Maps: View your location on street, satellite, terrain, topo, or aerial maps. Tip: Going to remote areas? Preview maps in the area you plan to visit before you leave the cell network or Wifi coverage. The app automatically stores maps on the phone so you can view them again in areas or seas without cell coverage.
- Photos: Capture photos and see their exact location on a map.
- Video: Shoot video to enhance your field reports. Video is auto-saved to YouTube for fast online playback.
- Waypoints: Mark important points of interest you find in the field.
- Audio: Save time and record your observations with an audio waypoint.
- In-App Messaging: Receive important messages from mapthespill.org or response teams.
- News: Read the latest news on the Gulf oil spill in this live feed from Yahoo.
- New Reports: See the latest reports posted by fellow mappers.
- Helpful Info: Find safety tips, important contacts, and more.
- Distance: Track how many miles you traveled during your field report.
- Time: Record the time you spend in the field.
- Social Networks: Coming soon: Share your field reports on Facebook and Twitter.
- Post Reports: Every field report is shared with the public at mapthespill.org. The data can be freely accessed and exported by any person or organization.
So far the app supports the: 8310 8330 (not Verizon) 8350i 8530 8800 8820 8830 (not Verizon) 8900 9000 9500 9520 9530 9550 9630 9650 and 9700
via BBSites – Thanks Tashanna!