Atlas by Collins™ is an iOS app that reinvents the atlas by telling stories by visualising data onto a beautiful 3D globe. We built the app at the OTHER media for Collins Geo. I was the lead developer on the project and wrote the vast majority of the code.
The app includes a thoroughly detailed gazetteer with over 200,000 entries along with many downloadable globes. Each globe allows you to see themed information presented in beautiful mapping and graphics. In the Energy globe for example, you can overlay the Earth with information on energy resources, reserves, production, and consumption.
We recently released version 2.0 that saw the introduction of the globe store that brings an even larger range of globes available as in-app purchases.
The app has received lots of attention including App of the Week on Gizmodo, the 20 Best iOS And Android Apps Of 2012 on TechCrunch, it won the Digital Data Product award, Overall Winner award and CHK Cup at the IMIA Map Awards and has been featured several times in the App Store.
Building the app was a massive project and we learnt a lot in the process. It integrates OpenGL ES and UIKit to provide an immersive combination of a 3D globe and an informative and easy to use 2D interface. We also made use of technologies such as Core Data for storage, Core Graphics for custom drawing and HTML 5 for content styling.