MILTON — A web-based free mobile phone application that will allow users to view several virtual walking tours, including ones in downtown Milton and Milton State Park, while also promoting fitness and area history, is scheduled for launch in September, said several partners in the project Monday afternoon.
Standing at the kiosk in Milton State Park, Stu Thompson, Bucknell professor of electrical and computer engineering, explained that the student-created app, “Ready, Set, Fit,” leverages local history, culture and botany to incentivize people to get out into the community and exercise.”
The developers looked to the Milton Historic Downtown Walking Tour, created in 2005, as a key element of their initial launch. The tour, part of a Milton in Motion initiative, aims to promote fitness and health, historic preservation and education. In its original form, it featured 16 stops at more than 60 photo and literature kiosks that explained the history of Milton.
“Now,” added Katie Faull, Bucknell professor of German and humanities, “with the help of mobile technology, this walking tour has become a pilot project for a new interactive smartphone app that delivers relevant, historical information at the stops on the path and tracks steps taken. We’re excited that we’ve gotten to this point in the development of the app, because now we are partnering with a community organization and we’ll actually be able to see how what we’ve developed in the lab is used in the field.”
The application has been developed over the past three summers.
After the initial launch, Faull said, student developers will then work on “crushing the bugs” that are inevitable when you launch a new application.
Vanessa Venios, events coordinator of T.I.M.E. — The Improved Milton Experience — said, “what this will do will allow everyone to use…