iPhone App: Offroad Clinometer
Jan 25, 2010
Finally, a solution to the tedium of looking away from your iPhone when you're driving across a dangerous sidehill. Look at the pretty iPhone digital representation of your danger instead! Bonus: Toyota drivers can pretend they're driving a Jeep.
Fourwheelers needing a way to rationalize their purchase of an iPhone should check out the Offroad Clinometer. It lets you see what should be painfully obvious to you, but because it's shown on an illuminated digital screen, it gains a significant boost in credibility over real life.
Seriously though, I do see a real benefit to this app (and clinometers in general). I wouldn't use them for gauging when you're about to tip over, because the tipping point varies according to the slope, type of terrain, and your vehicle's center-of-gravity, all of which could change suddenly. I would, however, use them to show a newbie that their seat-of-the-pants clinometer is grossly mis-calibrated. People new to fourwheeling usually think that a sidehill is far, far worse than it really is. This impartial display of the vehicle's true angle should help quell their fears.
It's also great for adding some context to photos taken from inside the vehicle.
- Smooth operation gives accurate values even over rough bumpy roads
- Optional disable auto-lock
- Adjustable audible alarm
- Digital readout changes color as danger increases
- Optional view pitch angle as grade percentage
- User-programmable danger zone (aka "red zone")
- Danger overlays the gauge when entering the "red zone"
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