Tipple project

Tipple is a mobile location-aware app software that can present users with audio or text content in situ. Tipple’s original focus was on presenting book content in the places in which the books narration was situated. It has now been developed for three application areas:

  • presenting location-based information (e.g., Manawanui, Hamilton Gardens),
  • collecting location-based information, i.e., citizen science (e.g., Catch-a-Carp, What’s-in-ya-Trap), and
  • as event app in which time and place of sessions are presented with reference to locations (e.g., Orientation Week, Open Day)

Tipple is currently being developed as a software suite to allow non-technical users to create their own mobile location-based apps.

Research projects

The Tipple software suite has been adapted to provide apps for selected research projects:

The Manawanui Land Diversification app was developed in collaboration with the Manawanui Development Ltd Partnership and To Kahi Research Institute. This app has been designed as a digital footprint to template the current and emerging land diversification initiatives within Manawanui Development Limited Partnership, Ngāti Korokī-Kahukura and is inclusive of land and surrounding waters.

For detailed information, visit the Manawanui project page.

Addington Heritage

1000 Hot Springs: Geothermal ecosystems are globally rare and are an iconic feature of the New Zealand landscape. Yet, little is known about the unique populations of microorganisms which inhabit these environments or the ecological conditions that support them. The 1000 Springs project created a catalogue of the microbial biodiversity and geochemical information for 1,000 geothermal hotsprings in New Zealand’s central North Island. Our 1000 Springs mobile app provided the public with location-based information, bio-diversity and biochemical information relating to the hot springs.

Community projects

The Tipple software suite is used in a number of community projects:

The Hamilton Gardens app was developed in collaboration with the Hamilton Gardens and offers information about the themed gardens based on the location of the user. Users can continue walking through the gardens while the app reads the text aloud.

For detailed information, visit the Hamilton Gardens project page.

Typical location-based apps provide data to their users – for Catch a Carp we have reversed this process, making users the providers of data. As a typical citizen science app, Koi carp data from community users is collected to inform decision making about this pest in the Waikato water ways.

For detailed information, visit the Catch-a-Carp project page.

The Orientation Week app for the University of Waikato is in its third version in 2019. It provides students and staff with information about events and sessions that happen during the February Orientation week. As of 2018, events at both Tauranga and Hamilton Campuses are covered.

For detailed information, visit the Orientation Week project page.


The Cambridge museum app for historical tours provides tourists and locals with information about historical places and Museum exhibits. The app offers information and pictures of stories, local historical places, and self-guided walks.

For detailed information, visit the Cambridge Museum project page.


What’s in ya Trap

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