The concept of this app is simple: Schedule the times you’re traveling and your app does the rest. It checks your location from time to time, and publishes its findings to a webpage so your friends and family can follow along with your globetrotting. As you add photographs and locations, your travel log populates itself.
Polarsteps is optimized for travel, which means that you don’t need data roaming or cell coverage to let the app do its thing: GPS works independently of mobile reception and the app synchronizes its data whenever you hit a pocket of cell reception — or when you log in to the Wi-Fi at the hotel at the end of a long, dusty day of travel. In addition to locations and photos, Polarsteps tracks a ton of other data, including distance traveled, countries visited and more.
The Amsterdam-based company raised €500,000 ($563k) in seed funding from Silver Point Ventures and TMG last week. The funds will be used to bring its iOS app (currently in public beta and available for download, free) to feature-completion, and to launch an Android version. The platform includes Apple Watch app and a web-app.
This app is not alone in this market. There is another one called Esplorio.