UPDATED What do you think?  Is an iPhone/Android app that tracks planes and displays them in an augmented reality a terrorist plot just waiting to unfold? Some say yes, others, especially those who produce that app say the info is already readily available and poses no real threat.

The app is called Plane Finder AR and currently is only available in the UK.  According to it’s developer that apps taps into a network of British plane spotters that use Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) receivers to intercept transmissions from passing aircraft.

Much like other iPhone augmented reality apps you just need to fire up the app, which taps into the iPhone’s camera, and then point it any direction.  It will then display small bubbles of information about each plane as it comes into view of the iPhone’s camera.

Update: The app is available in the US, but the tech to track the plans, and perhaps the nerds that do so, aren’t really prevalent in the US of A.  There is a free version that doesn’t include the AR here.

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Christen Costa

 
Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."