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The Cam View

The 'Cam' view is your way of seeing your team members against a 'real-world' backdrop - what's known in the current jargon as 'augmented reality' (the 'AR' in 'locAR').

It uses your handset camera to provide a live image which is overlaid by the graphical markers indicating team members, user nodes (waypoints, tracks, etc) and other features. If you are using your actual (rather than simulated) GPS position and your team members are sending you their real locations accurately then there's a good chance that they are actually in the direction indicated by their marker on the cam-view display.

The camera view also offers the ability to capture images and, if you wish, share these with your team or publish them via the web. This is controlled under the Snap menu.

The cam-view features a HUD (Head-Up Display) overlay including a compass and 'artificial horizon' bar (which you can normally see when holding the handset roughly vertical in landscape mode). Line markers indicate 10-degree pitch steps above or below the horizon.

The cam-view top-level menu is shown below. This is visible on first entry to cam-view and is similar to the 'Map View' top-level menu. In fact the Data, Nav, Text and Team buttons are exactly the same as for the map view.

Map

The Map button ends the Cam View mode and returns to the Map View mode. It leaves the landscape screen orientation selected (Cam View always uses landscape orientation).

Opts

The Opts menu shows controls to enable or disable the various optional cam-view display components.

Rad

Enables or disables the 'radial' scan display. This is the green bar with a central yellow block at the bottom edge of the screen, representing a 360 degree 'all round' view. Either end of the green bar indicates the direction behind you. The left hand half indicates directions to your left, with directions to your right in the right hand half of the radial bar. The yellow section covers the portion of your view ahead shown through your handset camera, with the current azimuth (compass direction) shown in red.

If you are moving, a downward arrow just above the radial bar shows your heading.

Any team nodes or user nodes within your selected scan range are shown as vertical blue or red bars, respectively, above the radial bar. Nearer nodes appear taller than those further away. Nodes that are also within the camera view are linked to their display symbol by a line.

Spd

Enables or disables display of a large numeric speed indicator (which is only shown if you are moving).

Spot

Enables or disables display of the cross-hair cursor at the centre of the display.

Pitch

Toggles the pitch at which the artificial horizon is centred between zero pitch and the current handset pitch. This can be used to show the compass indicator even when the handset is not actually looking up at the horizon.

HUD

Enables, in rotation, the low-res/high-res artificial horizon compass markers and pitch bars.

Range

Determines the distance out to which nodes are included on the radial display. If there are many nodes within the current team or view then shorter range settings help to reduce clutter.

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