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  • #: 238594
  • Price: $1.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated: 2009-10-16
  • Current Version: 2.0
  • 2.0
  • Size: 1.20 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Chemical Wedding
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later
  • © Chemical Wedding 2009
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Finally the app your iPhone 3GS has been waiting for.

Cyclopedia uses the iPhone camera, compass (so it only works on the 3GS I'm afraid) and GPS together to create an augmented reality of the world by overlaying Wikipedia information over the viewfinder. By moving the iPhone around you will see articles pop up according to the direction you are pointing, You can then click on the title to get a quick overview article and, if you want to know more , you can then dive deeper into the full article.

You can also display the entries on a regular top-down map and search the whole of wikipedia for anything you want.

When the app first launches it searches for all the articles that are within 30 miles of your current position. It then filters them according to two distance radii you set within the app . Though the default is fine. You can set a near and a far distance to really pinpoint the information you want to see. If you’re in St Mark’s Square in Venice you might set the radius to be close so only the things you can see are shown, but if you’re sitting at the top of the London Eye you might want to set it to give you everything within 1 and 2 miles of you.

To really fine-tune your search, you can also drag the sliders at the top of the screen to set the field of view that they app uses to display the information.


Many people have pointed out that we're lacking access to foreign language entries on Wikipedia. We're sorry about that but it will be fixed in the next update we promise.

There are currently 65, 000 entries in Wikipedia that have geotagged information included in them and all of these are available to you through the system. If you find a location that you don’t feel is included. Go and add the gps data directly into Wikipedia yourself and it will eventually pop up in the app. That’s the beauty of Wikipedia.

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Rated 3/5 based on 3 customer reviews.


0/5 stars

App locks up and crashes at start up screen

Never gets past the startup screen on iPhone 3GS. I deleted it.

5/5 stars

Great App! See thier Others for FIlmmakers!

This is a great application, these guys are amazing! If you are a filmmaker, make sure to check out thier other apps. Artemis and the Directors Finder give you unreal control over your shooting camera and the location of the sun. These guys are just getting started, so make sure you remember thier name: Chemical Wedding

5/5 stars

Great little app!

If there is no GPS data stored in an article on wikipedia then it will not show in the app. That said, this app realy works well!


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