Verne: The Himalayas is a new app that invites you to explore Google Mapsâ€™ 3D imagery of the Himalayas alongside a 500 foot Yeti named Verne
Kathmandu, August 5, 2016: With Pokemon Go gaining ubiquitous popularity around the world and nudging millennials to get out of their homes to explore the real world through a virtual lens, Google has introduced a new app that allows users to explore the final frontier-the Himalayas.
Although the new app, Verne: The Himalayas, is not related to the global phenomenon Pokemon Go, it also gives users the ability to explore the rugged Himalayas in a completely different way. Using Google Mapsâ€™ 3D imagery, the apps puts users in the furry feet of a 500 foot yeti named Verne.
Launching the app the developers said, â€œVerne: The Himalayas is a new app that invites you to explore Google Mapsâ€™ 3D imagery of the Himalayas alongside a 500 foot Yeti named Verne. As Verne, you can run up Mt Everest in seconds, skate across icy lakes, chase yaks, discover bits of information, ride a jetpack, play traditional Himalayan instruments, and more.â€
In the app, you control Verne, the Yeti named after Jules Verne, via a virtual joystick; and a second virtual button makes him jump. There app includes a variety of points of interests includingphotographs from vistas such as the Hillary Step; jet packs you can fly around with; hang gliders; balloons that lift you up for amazing views; 360-photos such as ones from the Everest Base Camp; poles with speakers that offer relevant information; and more.
The app looks to be a fun tool that allows you to explore the unforgiving mountainous terrain through the comfort of your home. And though aimed primarily as an educational portal for children, the developers hope that the app will catch the eye of those young at heart as well.