How Apple Watch can help you float your boat in Maryland

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Maryland DNR Apple Watch
Maryland residents can prepare to set sail with their Apple Watches.
Photo: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Apple Watch might not be waterproof, but it will help Maryland residents get sailing, anyway.

The state of Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has launched a companion Apple Watch app to help residents find waterways to explore. This makes Maryland the first state government with an official app for Apple’s recently released smartwatch.

“Just in time for summer, boaters, paddlers, anglers, and swimmers can now easily locate Maryland waterways using DNR’s new app for Apple Watch,” DNR Secretary Mark Belton said in a press release. “We’re thrilled to be among the first to adopt this innovative technology to better serve our residents and visitors.”

The new functionality pairs with the existing AccessDNR iPhone app and maps everything you need to know to two buttons. It uses geolocation to point you to the water trail or boat launch of your choosing while your iPhone stays in your pocket. So you’ll have that hand free for an oar or your fishing pole or whatever.

With state governments getting in on the latest in wearable tech, we look forward to other official apps heading to our wrists. Like one from Utah that will lead you to all of the most photographic rock formations in Monument Valley. Or a Nebraska app that directs you to the quickest way out.

Via: MarketWatch