5 Great Outdoor Tech Hobbies
Eric Carrell | August 23, 2016
Gone are the days when techie’ synced with geek’ and was defined as a person who sits in front of a computer all day and has no taste for anything going on outside. Tired of the stereotype, techies have been out to develop fun stuff that can be enjoyed outside while still maintaining their love for technology.
And the results are amazing; fun tech activities that attract even non-techies and encourage people to explore the outdoors and be active. Here are the best five tech activities you are likely to enjoy outdoors:
- Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go uses iOS and Android mobile devices to find virtual creatures (Pokémon) all over the world using GPS locations. The player can then capture, train or fight with the Pokémon. The power to catch Pokémon increases as you go up the levels and you can also join teams later on. A portable Pokémon Go plus device that can be worn on the wrist keeps you in the game even when you do not have your device at hand.
The fun of it all is the feeling of excitement a player gets when their phone vibrates to indicate there is Pokémon nearby, and the trick of throwing a Poke Ball to capture it as it tries to escape. Also, the possibility of finding Pokémon anywhere offers the thrill of exploring the world, as Pokémon are often located at popular, local attractions, like parks, trails, museums, and more. It’s the perfect excuse to lace up your shoes and go for a walk while still playing a video game.
The game was released barely two months ago, but it has already caught on deeply in many parts of the world.
Another GPS powered hide-and-seek, Geocaching is more of a hunt for hidden treasure. This treasure can be anywhere in the world, so traveling is Geocaching’s first shot at having fun. Once you locate the cache, you retrieve or store a treasure or leave it the way you find it. You then sign off to show you were at that location.
Geocaching is a great way to meet new people. There is absolutely no obligation to interact, though, so it works for both extroverts and introverts.
- GPS Mission
This one is pretty easy. You set out on a treasure hunt on some mapped destinations, then answer questions using clues you find at your allotted destination. You compete against opponents and update your progress online, and the winner of the mission is the person who completes the mapped visits before everyone else.
GPS mission is a great way to stay in touch, create new networks and visit new places all while sneaking in some exercise.
- Flying Drones
Possibly the best outdoor activity to give you the video game feeling, flying the best drones is a sure win when it comes to outdoor fun tech stuff. It combines the virtual power of taking control of strong aircraft from a console with the real environment of the outdoors. Obstacles and damage to your craft are real in this instance, so you have to be even more attentive here.
It offers an endless possibility of tricks you can try with your drone and is a great way to rope in players of diverse age groups, from your kids to your dad. The versatility of drones is another fun feature. If photography is your hobby, you can combine flying drones and taking creative shots and films, two birds with one drone!
- Electric RC Car Racing
The Remote Controlled (RC) car is more of a pilot program as the world prepares to embrace the unmanned mode of transport. And before it becomes official, what better way to get involved than having it as a hobby!
It gives you the chance to watch the science of vehicle movement from a distance; to execute all those moves you watch a race and predict what the driver would have done. It offers you a lesson too, as it helps you grab some driving tips that you could actually use in real life. Another excellent bonding activity, as you could just put together a team and have fun all day long!
Technology has been widely blamed for a cropping culture of laziness, with video games taking most of the flak. Techies’ response in the recent past has however been fantastic, with most new outdoor games building on traditional forms of play to combine both physical activity and tech enthusiasm.
Call it common ground, at last.