tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-75626989090167613172018-09-16T21:03:55.949-07:00BattleTacUnknownnoreply@blogger.comBlogger16125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7562698909016761317.post-73674096957505075282015-05-29T02:36:00.000-07:002015-05-29T02:36:05.800-07:00MGRS, the military grid<span style="color: #252525;"><span style="line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">The military grid reference system, MGRS, is the geocoordinate standard used by NATO militaries for locating points on the earth. (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_grid_reference_system">more</a> on Wikipedia)</span></span><br /><span style="color: #252525; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;"><br /></span><span style="color: #252525; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">We had MGRS support in BattleTac for long ago, the coordinate&nbsp;of the map center is always displayed. If you want to read the coordinate of a point, you have to scroll the map center over it.</span><br /><span style="color: #252525;"><span style="line-height: 22.3999996185303px;"><br /></span></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cdyQcyR7Hig/VWgVmpPShkI/AAAAAAAABGI/sTO8QzfSitM/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-05-29%2Bat%2B09.30.05.png" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="242" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cdyQcyR7Hig/VWgVmpPShkI/AAAAAAAABGI/sTO8QzfSitM/s400/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-05-29%2Bat%2B09.30.05.png" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">MGRS coordinate of map center is displayed&nbsp;in the upper-right corner.<br />Map is "Range Vranow", created by our user "zafa"</div><br /><span style="color: #252525;"><span style="line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">Recently we have announced several enhancements to the grid handling:</span></span><br /><br /><h4>Coordinate read-out</h4><span style="color: #252525;"><span style="line-height: 22.3999996185303px;"><br /></span></span><span style="color: #252525;"><span style="line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">MGRS can express positions with different precision. We include 2x4 digits at the end of the coordinate which gives the fairly good 10-meter precision.&nbsp;</span></span><span style="color: #252525; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">On the image above the coordinate is </span><b style="color: #252525; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">33U UR 2821 6507</b><span style="color: #252525; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">.&nbsp;</span><br /><br class="Apple-interchange-newline" /><span style="color: #252525; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">When you want to read this coordinate out, you may want to avoid characters not interesting for your communication partner. What characters are interesting and what not, depends on your situation but on milsim events most of the time the 1-km and the 100-meter digits are the important ones: They allow you to report the position with 100-meter precision on a 10 km x 10 km square only by reading out 4 numbers. So we highlight those numbers for you with blue color.</span><br /><br /><h4><span style="color: #252525; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">Grid drawing</span></h4><br /><span style="color: #252525;"><span style="line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">The grid drawing feature &nbsp;helps you read the coordinates of any point on the screen and also to roughly estimate distances:</span></span><br /><span style="color: #252525;"><span style="line-height: 22.3999996185303px;"><br /></span></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EDBX8Tvr10w/VWgoc0C3b1I/AAAAAAAABGY/yLoTtzliAS4/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-05-29%2Bat%2B10.49.49.png" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="285" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EDBX8Tvr10w/VWgoc0C3b1I/AAAAAAAABGY/yLoTtzliAS4/s400/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-05-29%2Bat%2B10.49.49.png" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">MGRS grid helps estimate distance and reading out non-center coordinates.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Note that the grid is not parallel to latitude and longitude lines, but it nearly is.</div><span style="color: #252525;"><span style="line-height: 22.3999996185303px;"><br /></span></span>To read out a coordinate using the grid, you have to find the numbers on the left and bottom edges of the square containing it. E.g.: The point with number 13 is in the square 81 (left edge) and 51 (bottom edge) so its 100-meter precision coordinate is 33U UR 281 651.<br /><div><br /></div><h4>Estimating distance using the grid</h4><div><br /></div>To estimate a distance you just have to count the lines between the two points. E.g.: between point 13 and point 8 you have to cross two vertical and two horizontal lines which means that the distance is about 400 meter if you walk only "horizontal" and "vertical". This is an overestimation of the real distance, but the error is never more than 41% compared to the straight line&nbsp;(worst case according to the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagorean_theorem">Pythagorean theorem</a>) and you rarely can walk in a straight line so I find this estimation accurate enough.<br /><br /><span style="color: #252525;"><span style="line-height: 22.3999996185303px;"><br /></span></span><span style="color: #252525;"><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;"><br /></span></span>Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7562698909016761317.post-17996881453688401732014-12-07T04:38:00.000-08:002014-12-07T04:38:27.913-08:00Share .KMZ maps!Starting from version 1.5.0 our new mapping infrastructure is available in every version of BattleTac. Maps are created in .kmz format using Google Earth and shared on our website.<br /><br />BattleTac shows you the list of maps near to you so you can select the map you want to use:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tPcUUo5sFQs/VIREa2fwNrI/AAAAAAAAA7o/_kjd4jxPcak/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-12-07%2Bat%2B13.12.58.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tPcUUo5sFQs/VIREa2fwNrI/AAAAAAAAA7o/_kjd4jxPcak/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-12-07%2Bat%2B13.12.58.png" height="400" width="323" /></a></div><br /><br />The selected map will be displayed on top of the base map:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jwajA3a-9b4/VIRFMYEh7AI/AAAAAAAAA7w/VyHuEEzWCik/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-12-07%2Bat%2B13.16.16.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jwajA3a-9b4/VIRFMYEh7AI/AAAAAAAAA7w/VyHuEEzWCik/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-12-07%2Bat%2B13.16.16.png" height="325" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br /><i><b>Tip: turn off the base map while you are using a shared .kmz map to lower the network traffic generated by map usage.</b></i><br /><div><i><br /></i></div><h3><br /></h3><h3>Creating maps</h3><div><br />Maps are created with Google Earth and saved in .kmz format. At the time we only support Image Overlays so you have to draw your map as an image and create the .kmz map from it as showed in this tutorial: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLzvg2vnUDM">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLzvg2vnUDM</a>.</div><div><br /></div><div>Waypoints are not yet supported, you have to draw your points to the image or share them as POI in the app before the event.&nbsp;</div><h3><br /></h3><h3>Sharing maps</h3><div><br /></div>You can easily upload and share .kmz maps on our website:&nbsp;<a href="http://battletac.com/mapping.html">http://battletac.com/mapping.html</a>.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1HGQxsiB3ic/VIRHgBAiPvI/AAAAAAAAA78/VTiGIEAs7f8/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-12-07%2Bat%2B13.24.30.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1HGQxsiB3ic/VIRHgBAiPvI/AAAAAAAAA78/VTiGIEAs7f8/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-12-07%2Bat%2B13.24.30.png" height="278" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br />You have to add a name and a short description to your map so users can select the right map from the list.<br /><h3><br /></h3><h3>Offline maps</h3><br />The offline map feature is unchanged, it is available in the full version. You can store .kmz maps on the device and use them. This way you can use private maps and this also helps you when your internet connection is slow on the field. Later we will also implement caching of online maps in the full version.Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7562698909016761317.post-40555331932525000092014-01-28T01:31:00.002-08:002014-11-06T03:39:02.884-08:00Organizer's View in Full versionsStarting from v1.4.0 you can connect to 2 radio channels in BattleTac Full, which comes handy if you are an event organizer and you want to monitor both side.<br /><br />When you turn this view on, you can set up two radio channels and you can select which one do you want to see on the map. Of course you can display both side at a time. The secondary radio channel will be displayed using different colors so you can easily differentiate.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UawedjWwBO4/Uud1UhsAWnI/AAAAAAAAA0g/Ujt9L2Tl3kc/s1600/iOS+Simulator+Screen+shot+28+Jan+2014+10.07.45.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UawedjWwBO4/Uud1UhsAWnI/AAAAAAAAA0g/Ujt9L2Tl3kc/s1600/iOS+Simulator+Screen+shot+28+Jan+2014+10.07.45.png" height="320" width="180" /></a><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tTh8EkL71dY/Uud1XGPQa0I/AAAAAAAAA0o/vYJw2dmns58/s1600/iOS+Simulator+Screen+shot+28+Jan+2014+10.07.42.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tTh8EkL71dY/Uud1XGPQa0I/AAAAAAAAA0o/vYJw2dmns58/s1600/iOS+Simulator+Screen+shot+28+Jan+2014+10.07.42.png" height="320" width="180" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Eda70yNah4c/Uud1Za4DPnI/AAAAAAAAA0w/qkByOd3Evgw/s1600/iOS+Simulator+Screen+shot+28+Jan+2014+10.07.39.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Eda70yNah4c/Uud1Za4DPnI/AAAAAAAAA0w/qkByOd3Evgw/s1600/iOS+Simulator+Screen+shot+28+Jan+2014+10.07.39.png" height="320" width="180" /></a></div><br />You can also mark POIs and send messages to each channel or to both. This way you can send out organizing messages to both channels or you can give some help to one side if the game gets unbalanced.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FR7FpP-BdXA/Uud2G63wo_I/AAAAAAAAA04/He0rPnU9FPE/s1600/iOS+Simulator+Screen+shot+28+Jan+2014+10.06.51.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FR7FpP-BdXA/Uud2G63wo_I/AAAAAAAAA04/He0rPnU9FPE/s1600/iOS+Simulator+Screen+shot+28+Jan+2014+10.06.51.png" height="320" width="180" /></a><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TA0TXZPo0AA/Uud20olQ0NI/AAAAAAAAA1A/7BOMcf3_cL0/s1600/iOS+Simulator+Screen+shot+28+Jan+2014+10.20.37.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TA0TXZPo0AA/Uud20olQ0NI/AAAAAAAAA1A/7BOMcf3_cL0/s1600/iOS+Simulator+Screen+shot+28+Jan+2014+10.20.37.png" height="320" width="180" /></a></div><br /><br />With a little creativity you can use this feature as a tool to improve the game experience!<br /><br />Please note that your position will not be reported while using this mode and the in-game status control is also disabled because the organizer is not part of the game.<br /><br />As always we welcome your suggestions! This is just the first version of this feature, we have a lot of plans to improve it but your ideas can be also included!Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7562698909016761317.post-84090576606616840422014-01-22T00:48:00.000-08:002014-01-22T00:51:43.109-08:00Choosing the right data plan for BattleTacHow much traffic BattleTac consumes? This is an important question especially if you use BattleTac on a dedicated device without 'unlimited' plan.<br /><br />The simple answer is 4MB/hour, but it depends and you can tune it.<br /><br />The system was designed from the ground up to work seamlessly on low quality internet connection because this is typical on the field. Data usage is optimised, network outage is handled, lost commands are sent again automatically after network recovery.<br /><br />The traffic volume varies greatly, between 0,1MB/hour and 10MB/hour. The following factors affect it:<br /><br /><ul><li>Map usage: Maps are downloaded over the network so you can save some data with scrolling sparingly to previously unseen map areas. This is important on large areas, use a lower zoom if you work on a large area. (A high zoom is not very usable in that case anyway)</li><li>The radio refresh rate (position update interval): This is the time between two synchronisation with the BattleTac server. You can change it to tune your data usage. Higher interval means lower data usage but not so accurate tracking of units on the map. The default is 30 secs which is a good balance. You can set it to 10 secs to have near-real time tracking, or you can set it up to 15 mins if you are on a really big area event where things do not happen very quickly. <i>This setting is not available in the Lite version, it uses the default 30 secs!</i></li><li>The number of units and POIs on the map and the number of messages you receive. This means that on a big event with lots of units you will have bigger traffic.</li><li>Ad display: The Lite version displays ads which changes every minute. This also consumes some traffic.</li></ul><div>What does it mean? If you want to play 6 hours per week, you will need 6hours x 4 weeks x 4MB/hour = 96MB monthly data plan.</div><div><br /></div><div>If you have a smaller plan then I suggest you starting with normal settings, monitoring the traffic for 1-2 weeks and tuning the 'Position report interval' according to what you see.</div>Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7562698909016761317.post-8727696158414623012013-12-10T00:04:00.001-08:002013-12-10T00:04:11.142-08:001.3.6 is out: Guest Access & LocalizationsStarting from this version user registration is optional: you can use BattleTac as guest to try it out or to track assets on the field. You need to register a user only when you want to upload your profile image.<br /><br />Another news is that BattleTac is now translated to&nbsp;French, &nbsp;Hungarian,&nbsp;Italian, Portuguese, &nbsp;Spanish and Russian! If you feel that translation to your native language is the main thing what is missing from BattleTac, contact us!<br /><br />There are also some usability improvements and a lot of bugfixes in this version. If you experience any problem, please send an issue report to us: you can send it from the support menu of the app, or using our website!Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7562698909016761317.post-22836848737105990062013-10-17T11:48:00.000-07:002013-10-17T11:51:59.068-07:00How to use Message TemplatesWe recently introduced message templates to BattleTac. This feature converts the painful chat system to a really effective communication platform. Here's how it works:<br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-flfX9lVLYOY/UmAuLerfu8I/AAAAAAAAAyY/aU6PJXTcVNo/s1600/iOS+Simulator+Screen+shot+Oct+17,+2013+8.36.10+PM.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-flfX9lVLYOY/UmAuLerfu8I/AAAAAAAAAyY/aU6PJXTcVNo/s320/iOS+Simulator+Screen+shot+Oct+17,+2013+8.36.10+PM.png" width="180" /></a><br />There are 2 template types:<br /><br /><ul><li><b>Auto-send</b> templates are basic radio procedure words like "Roger.", "Positive." or &nbsp;"Radio Check.". When you select one, BattleTac sends it immediately. Auto-send templates end with a dot.</li><li><b>Building block</b> templates are words or expressions you use regularly during radio communication, e.g. "Action in " or "Get back to ". These templates are meaningful only as part of a sentence. They will be inserted into the message at the position of the cursor so you can continue writing the message.</li></ul>The most important thing is that you can edit the templates so you can create the ones you really need. To create an auto-send template, simply enter a dot at the end of it. Templates ending with non-dot characters are building block templates, but I suggest you adding a space at the end to allow easy continuing.<br /><br /><b>Protip</b>: You can create auto-send templates which are also part of a sentence: These will end the sentence and send it immediately. One example can be " minutes." , which - when you create it - makes it easy to enter a message like "Action in 5 minutes." (Where only the number 5 will be entered directly)<br /><br />Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7562698909016761317.post-9861856217847110372013-10-10T04:53:00.001-07:002013-10-11T00:19:41.176-07:00Custom Maps in BattleTacThere is no GPS tracking without quality maps. Detailed satellite imagery of the field may be good enough: BattleTac shows you Google satellite as the default map.<br /><div><br /></div><div>But there is more: You can create your own map and publish it to other players. A custom map is far more usable than the best satellite imagery: it contains a lot more important info and a lot less unimportant detail, as seen on this example:<br /><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6k9EhMenht4/UlaNiIHHjxI/AAAAAAAAAxs/cOiT76PLTsE/s1600/Screen+Shot+2013-10-10+at+1.18.28+PM.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6k9EhMenht4/UlaNiIHHjxI/AAAAAAAAAxs/cOiT76PLTsE/s320/Screen+Shot+2013-10-10+at+1.18.28+PM.png" width="296" /></a><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7khZkJWc8gs/UlaNh3zFegI/AAAAAAAAAxw/uiGlV3J7tGk/s1600/Screen+Shot+2013-10-10+at+1.16.44+PM.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7khZkJWc8gs/UlaNh3zFegI/AAAAAAAAAxw/uiGlV3J7tGk/s320/Screen+Shot+2013-10-10+at+1.16.44+PM.png" width="308" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><span id="goog_1757731739"></span><span id="goog_1757731740"></span>If you have a precise drawn map of a field, you can upload it to our site and we will publish it to every BattleTac user. <i>But you have to align the map to the GPS coordinates before uploading! </i>A simple .jpg image is not enough: if we want to track GPS positions on it, we must know the exact position of your map on the world map. So you have to process your map using MSR MapCruncher.<br /><br />MapCruncher is simple tool created by Microsoft Research. You can download it from <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/mapcruncher/" target="_blank">here</a>. You can watch a 5 minute intro video about it <a href="http://www.metacafe.com/watch/496160/5_minute_msr_mapcruncher_tutorial/" target="_blank">here</a>. To learn more about the publishing process, read our <a href="http://battletac.com/web/guest/documentation?p_p_id=54_INSTANCE_R3Kv&amp;p_p_lifecycle=0&amp;p_p_state=normal&amp;p_p_mode=view&amp;p_p_col_id=column-1&amp;p_p_col_pos=1&amp;p_p_col_count=2&amp;_54_INSTANCE_R3Kv_struts_action=%2Fwiki_display%2Fview&amp;_54_INSTANCE_R3Kv_nodeName=Documentation&amp;_54_INSTANCE_R3Kv_title=Importing%20Raster%20Maps" target="_blank">documentation</a>. It shouldn't take more than 10 minutes to convert your map!<br /><br />As always, you can get help on the <a href="http://battletac.com/web/guest/forum" target="_blank">support forum</a>!<br /><br />If we have a custom map of a field, it will be displayed to every user automatically. You do not need to do anything, just use BattleTac and enjoy the map! The custom map is displayed over the base map so it is possible to upload a transparent map and get similar results as Google Hybrid:<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-K6RodUOYZyo/UlaVBVhT7HI/AAAAAAAAAyE/xVFQIsZtwP0/s1600/Screen+Shot+2013-10-10+at+1.52.18+PM.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-K6RodUOYZyo/UlaVBVhT7HI/AAAAAAAAAyE/xVFQIsZtwP0/s1600/Screen+Shot+2013-10-10+at+1.52.18+PM.png" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Map of F<span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 14px; text-align: left;">ields of Fire mystic, ct, USA (Created by&nbsp;</span>Andrew Wawrzynowicz<span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 14px; text-align: left;">)</span></td></tr></tbody></table><br />Please note that there is a setting, 'Custom Maps': you can save a small amount of network traffic if you turn this feature off. Do this only if you are sure we don't have a custom map of the field or if you do not want to use the available map.</div>Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7562698909016761317.post-19325768268836279752013-07-20T09:15:00.001-07:002013-07-20T09:15:42.421-07:00Heads Up Display in version 1.3.0!Check out version 1.3.0, it is available on both iOS and Android! We have implemented the HUD which was the most required feature in our recent <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BattleTac" target="_blank">feature poll</a>.<br /><br />We have designed the HUD to be usable and battery-friendly, that's why it doesn't use the device camera. (<a href="http://blog.battletac.com/2013/04/the-state-of-augmented-reality-and-its.html" target="_blank">read more</a>)<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Qu3MNaGpOo0/UeqzpxllaJI/AAAAAAAAAxE/CwKvfvMaGLk/s1600/device-2013-07-03-100101.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Qu3MNaGpOo0/UeqzpxllaJI/AAAAAAAAAxE/CwKvfvMaGLk/s320/device-2013-07-03-100101.png" width="192" /></a></div><br />It contains a logarithmic scale to measure the distance and a compass display. If there is space available under the HUD, the map is also displayed.<br /><br />On Android you can switch the HUD on/off using the back button, on iOS you have to use the menu.<br /><br />Please note that the HUD needs <b><i>accurate</i></b> compass and location to work correctly! We have found during the tests that some devices have very inaccurate compass. BattleTac tries to figure out the compass accuracy and report if it is bad, but it is sometimes not possible. You can play with the compass using special compass apps to figure out its accuracy. Although there is room to further development in our app, the accuracy depends mainly on the hardware. If you have a quality phone (like an iPhone) and no hardware problems, it will work correctly.<br /><br />Mount your phone on the gun or your arm and have a nice time with BattleTac!Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7562698909016761317.post-526865293840952092013-05-20T00:25:00.000-07:002013-05-20T00:25:26.425-07:00Service Outage<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EhXEqF-pxvc/UZnPQN7eorI/AAAAAAAAAwk/01fOgDqERl8/s1600/trainwreck.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EhXEqF-pxvc/UZnPQN7eorI/AAAAAAAAAwk/01fOgDqERl8/s320/trainwreck.jpg" width="266" /></a>Today, starting from 00:41 AM UTC we experienced an outage. At the time of this writing the service is up again. We apologize to everyone who was affected.<br /><br />The cause of the issue was a hardware problem and that our service failed to migrate automatically to the new hardware.<br /><br />We have identified some key improvements to our setup that we are implementing immediately.Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7562698909016761317.post-58953090706025450222013-04-17T01:35:00.000-07:002013-04-17T01:40:29.367-07:00The state of Augmented Reality and its use in AirsoftGoogle just shipped the first Glass units to developers: big step towards usable augmented reality applications!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen='allowfullscreen' webkitallowfullscreen='webkitallowfullscreen' mozallowfullscreen='mozallowfullscreen' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/v1uyQZNg2vE?feature=player_embedded' frameborder='0' /></div><br /><br />We are experimenting with AR since 2010 when we integrated BattleTac with Layar.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8llDKG5vgr4/UW5PRmWq7iI/AAAAAAAAAvw/2TvlNymZt_U/s1600/layar-1-saturated.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="262" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8llDKG5vgr4/UW5PRmWq7iI/AAAAAAAAAvw/2TvlNymZt_U/s400/layar-1-saturated.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />Unfortunately the current AR technologies are nothing more than toys: I think this is the main cause of the failure of AR in the smartphone world.<br /><br />The problem is that if we want to augment the visual reality then it is not enough to just display extra information on top of what the user sees, but we have to modify the visual content. So the display must be capable to modify the visual input on the whole field of view. Smartphones can augment the view of the camera, but your eyes are a lot better than the camera so you do not want to see through the camera.<br /><br />That is where the goggles come in. <a href="http://reconinstruments.com/products/snow-heads-up-display" target="_blank">Recon Instruments</a>&nbsp;already ships HUD (Heads Up Display) goggles and now Google Glass is here. There is no difference, both goggles are just HUDs and we have to design the display system accordingly.<br /><br />And the same is true when using your smartphone as a HUD: you want to use your eyes to see the reality and use the HUD to display extra information. What you do not need is the video stream from the camera.<br /><br />So instead of a Layar-like camera-based display system we plan to implement a HUD which is not so fancy but more usable. Something like this:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EPAMHm5soOo/UW5ZRXv4GtI/AAAAAAAAAv4/RhdmSyiYf0E/s1600/hud-design.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="284" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EPAMHm5soOo/UW5ZRXv4GtI/AAAAAAAAAv4/RhdmSyiYf0E/s320/hud-design.png" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Planned functionality</td></tr></tbody></table><br />Not displaying the camera image allows us to widen the field of view and display distance information in an easily readable way: You do not need to read numbers to know the approximate distance of a symbol. Additionally, this display works even if you use your phone in the normal, convenient position when the camera sees just the ground.<br /><br />And we have to wait for the next generation of AR goggles in the hope that they will be real AR goggles so Augmented Reality will be really reality, not just a special effect:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen='allowfullscreen' webkitallowfullscreen='webkitallowfullscreen' mozallowfullscreen='mozallowfullscreen' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/xa-kIWQXDNY?feature=player_embedded' frameborder='0' /></div><br />Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7562698909016761317.post-49202558297795394752013-03-27T09:49:00.001-07:002013-03-27T09:49:24.867-07:00New feature: Status Page<a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2Xu5p-iwM5Q/UVMZz7XUYyI/AAAAAAAAAvU/jgh-mpzFyhc/s1600/device-2013-03-27-170743.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2Xu5p-iwM5Q/UVMZz7XUYyI/AAAAAAAAAvU/jgh-mpzFyhc/s320/device-2013-03-27-170743.png" width="192" /></a>Just released v1.2.1 with a design facelift and the new App Status page.<br /><br />The App Status page displays every essential information you need to check the health of the system:<br /><br />If you have no network signal, then the Data Connection will display <span style="color: red;">Offline</span>. &nbsp;If the GPS accuracy is bad (worst than the one you have configured in settings) then it will be displayed using red. So if you don't see any red text then you are OK.<br /><br />With the 'Sync now' button you can force the COP synchronization which means that the app will upload your current position and download the positions and messages from other units.<br /><br />This COP synchronization happens automatically in every 30secs - 15mins according to what you have configured, but one way to conserve the battery is to set the position upload interval to a high value and report the position manually using the 'Sync now' button.<br /><br /><div><br /></div><div><i>Note I:&nbsp;This update is available for the paid versions on both iOS and Android. The Lite versions will be updated shortly.</i></div><div><i><br /></i></div><div><i>Note II: This version fixes the bug of 1.2.0 (released yesterday) on iOS which caused app to crash at startup on some devices.</i></div>Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7562698909016761317.post-47675184146006890622013-03-26T04:50:00.001-07:002013-03-26T04:50:55.429-07:00Bad iOS updateToday we have released a new version of the paid app on iOS which contains a bug and fails to start on some devices.<br /><br />Unfortunately Apple gives us no way to get back to the older version so we have removed the app from the store temporarily and uploaded a bugfix version. &nbsp;Now we have to wait for Apple to validate and release it.<br /><br />For those who have installed the update, we are very sorry but no workaround is available. Please use the lite version while you are waiting for the bugfix release.<br /><br />Sorry for the inconvenience, this is definitely our fault.Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7562698909016761317.post-90489158487236906722013-03-10T10:46:00.001-07:002013-03-10T10:55:48.848-07:00Improving GPS accuracy<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">A frequently asked question is: How can we &nbsp;improve the accuracy of the GPS?</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tlfAEeVUWB4/UTzHpayOCiI/AAAAAAAAAvE/5hf3nuJiw1Q/s1600/images.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" height="248" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tlfAEeVUWB4/UTzHpayOCiI/AAAAAAAAAvE/5hf3nuJiw1Q/s320/images.jpeg" width="320" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white;">First of all, you have to know that modern mobile operating systems like iOS and Android handle the GPS, the app just gets the location data from the device.&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white;">S</span><span style="background-color: white;">o all apps are created equal in terms of GPS accuray and</span><span style="background-color: white;">&nbsp;there is no way to improve it inside the app. Only you can do a little bit to improve the accuracy.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white;">There are apps for monitoring the GPS of the device, they show you the number of visible satellites so you will be able to find a place where the GPS signal is better. These apps are not able to boost the GPS, they just give you information about the state of it. This looks professional, I suggest you donwload one of them and play with it, but you don't really&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white;">need this for finding a place with better signal: just find a place where you can see the sky.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white;"><b>Yes, the most important thing is to see the sky.</b> Do not cover the device while you are waiting for a GPS fix, and never expect good GPS signal inside buildings.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white;">If you have network signal then AGPS can work. AGPS helps your device to find the first fix faster, because it will tell it where the satellites currently are so the location calculation will be easier.&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white;">Having the first fix is always the hardest thing.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white;"><b>So the second thing you can do is finding a location where you have data connection.</b></span></span><br /><div><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">If you have one location fix then it may start working on places where the GPS signal is not so good.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br />Note that at home you can get good accuracy indoors because your device uses wifi positioning, not the GPS. But this works only where a lot of wifi stations are near to you so definitely not on the airsoft site.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white;">This means that you can track your location with your smartphone only outdoors.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Lastly, you have to know something about BattleTac: There is a setting:<b> 'Position report interval' </b>which you can change to a higher value (e.g.: 5 minutes) to save battery time, but if you do it, you may get worse GPS performance. This is because 5 mins pause is too much for the GPS, it will 'cold start' every time which is harder as I have said.&nbsp;<b>So if your GPS signal is bad then I suggest you using the default value of this settings.</b></span>Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7562698909016761317.post-72303491303913985042013-03-04T05:52:00.000-08:002013-03-04T05:52:19.096-08:001.1.0 is out with a lot of usability enhancementsWe have focused on enhanced usability and better information display in this release. The new features are:<br /><br /><ul><li>Recon symbol is now available:</li></ul><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lv4qQzEM_Aw/UTSib3jj7MI/AAAAAAAAAuc/3pJG9alens8/s1600/wh.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lv4qQzEM_Aw/UTSib3jj7MI/AAAAAAAAAuc/3pJG9alens8/s1600/wh.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"></div><ul><li>If your reported position is older than 2 minutes, it will be flagged as 'anticipated' and displayed with a dashed corner according to Mil Std 2525A/APP-6A:</li></ul><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nqaZAT845pk/UTSjUIj38VI/AAAAAAAAAuk/487srTVyfDY/s1600/Screen+shot+2013-03-04+at+14.35.50+.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nqaZAT845pk/UTSjUIj38VI/AAAAAAAAAuk/487srTVyfDY/s1600/Screen+shot+2013-03-04+at+14.35.50+.png" /></a></div><br /><br /><ul><li>If you have a destination, it's distance and direction is also displayed. The direction is displayed both with an 1-2 letter mark and in degrees.</li></ul><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-APkdVTB1HOM/UTSkYv9NIrI/AAAAAAAAAus/KrACLjh0hh8/s1600/device-2013-03-04-142820.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-APkdVTB1HOM/UTSkYv9NIrI/AAAAAAAAAus/KrACLjh0hh8/s320/device-2013-03-04-142820.png" width="192" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><br /><ul><li>The POI and unit pages are more readable, the&nbsp;direction info is also included:</li></ul><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-O5ipJAlARYE/UTSkvUSvCvI/AAAAAAAAAu0/0qQLSJfka5o/s1600/device-2013-03-04-142954.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-O5ipJAlARYE/UTSkvUSvCvI/AAAAAAAAAu0/0qQLSJfka5o/s320/device-2013-03-04-142954.png" width="192" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><ul><li style="text-align: left;">If creating a poi or sending a message fails because of network outage, the system tries the communication again later. It tries again and again for a while before it gives up. If sending a message is not possible for 10 minutes then the message i deprecated anyway so it's OK to give up - we think.</li><li style="text-align: left;">(Full version only): It is possible now to set the location update frequency to 1 minute. The default setting is 30 seconds but we recommend setting this to a higher value to save battery time.&nbsp;</li></ul></div><br />This new version is available in the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.battletac" target="_blank">Android Play Store</a>, and it is on the way to the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/battletac/id505510302?ls=1&amp;mt=8" target="_blank">App Store</a> too - we have to wait about 5 days for Apple to review it.<br /><br /><br /><br /><div>Try out this and give us feedback on our new <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/BattleTac/146702338826431" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>!</div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7562698909016761317.post-37160893588737335812013-02-27T02:51:00.000-08:002013-02-27T02:51:35.971-08:00Rugged cases for your deviceThe device on our header image is an old iPhone 3GS in an OtterBox Defender case. This case is great, waterproof and durable, and costs about USD 50. (Check it out <a href="http://www.otterbox.com/iPhone-3G-/-3GS-Defender-Series-Case/1942,default,pd.html?dwvar_1942_color=22&amp;start=1&amp;cgid=apple-iphone-3g-3gs-cases" target="_blank">here</a>)<br /><br />There are tons of rugged cases available for mobile devices, but if you are on the Android side it may be better to choose a rugged device: They are here for a time now and <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7-57570797-251/sprint-ultra-rugged-kyocera-torque-arrives-march-8/" target="_blank">new models</a> are coming continously.<br /><br />Resources:<br /><br /><ul><li>A list of iPhone cases on <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-18438_7-20016975-82/top-20-tough-iphone-4-and-4s-cases/" target="_blank">reviews.cnet.com</a>&nbsp;</li></ul>Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7562698909016761317.post-30970778203938485632013-02-27T00:31:00.001-08:002013-02-27T00:31:42.331-08:00BattleTac blog startedWe will share here BattleTac tips&amp;tricks, feature announcements and general info about GPS, blue force tracking, rugged devices and other interesting topics related to BattleTac.Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0