Travel Start-Up Guidestock Creates New Method of Augmented-Reality Traveling

Guidestock – an easy-to-use application for travelers and city walk lovers that provides the opportunity to interact with city sights. Users can also earn money for sharing their unique travel experiences, by recording and publishing audio tour guide.

Guidestock is a new way of interacting with a city and its sights through a cell phone application based on augmented reality. A combination of GPS navigation, guides recorded by real travelers and photos of city sights give you the experience of having visited a place. There is also an opportunity to record your own travel experiences using either web or app toolkit to create your own guide, which you can share with your friends by embedding it in your blog. Also, tours published inside the app can earn their creators money through a variety of royalty schemes.

Today is launching a beta version of its online toolset for crafting audio tour guides, and invites travelers to take part. Check what the Guidestock CEO has to say about it.

“We are proud to help tourists note and share their amazing travel experiences in this wonderful new way. Our toolset gives you an opportunity mark your tour on a map from start to finish, highlighting city sights or specific places you would like to emphasize in your personal travel story, and the tool will automatically create a GPS-navigated guide for your tour. It is as easy as marking a route through a city on a printed map! Next you can add prerecorded narratives, and link them to corresponding tour segments.”

“The tool offers the ability to cut and mute your recordings, so they’ll readily fit a walk along the corresponding distance. If you have something else to say about a building, monument, or any other object, you can use ‘stand’ mode – the user will be notified that he should stop and listen, and the place you are talking about will be identified by its photo.”

This isn’t rocket science; record your travel experience on any audio recording device, take pictures of city sights, get to your laptop and visit There, pinpoint your path on a city map, indicate interesting places along the way, add photos and your audio recordings, and press “Submit” The tool will automatically compose all your data in to your personal audio tour guide. Just name it, add a catchy description, and wait for your royalties to come in.

“The company goal is to change the way we travel. People don’t need to buy expensive books, research about where to go while planning trips, or listen to boring audio tours on devices they rent for $20. We plan to invite 500 content providers from top travel destinations to collaborate on audio guide creation till the end of April.” Guidestock Marketing Director says.

“An announcement of the publishing application for users is planned for June 2013.  And I’m sure it will become the trip application of choice for hundreds of thousands of tech-savvy and future-minded travelers,” the company CEO concluded.

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Written by Ryan Lum

Ryan is an avid bucket lister. Travel, photography, blogging and adventure are some of his hobbies. He once went on a trip to Spain and was robbed of all his stuff except his clothes. No money, no insurance, no identification and no way to contact family and friends from back home. Did he end his trip? No way! He ended up running with the bulls in Pamplona the very next day.


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