Wonder What Flights Are Above? Ask Siri

a close-up of a logoI’ve had an iPhone for years and find it to be an invaluable device.

Since I teach kids 1:1 in various locations and don’t have a physical office, my phone also serves as my computer (so to speak) throughout the day.

When Siri was first introduced, it sounded like it had the potential to be a useful addition to the iPhone. At first I played around with it but I gave up bothering with it within a couple of weeks. I find Siri to pretty much be a gimmicky, useless app. And it’s not like Siri understands what you ask her most of the time!

However, I just came across a really cool trick that Siri can do thanks to Yahoo Tech.

Have you ever looked up to the sky and wondered how many planes might be flying above? Siri can let you know that, along with other bits of information about the planes overhead.

If you have an iPhone, just ask Siri: What flights are above me?  You’ll be amazed at the results.

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After a relatively quick search, a list of flights came up with various bits of information about them. It comes displayed in a nice, clean grid.

The results include:

  • Airline & flight #
  • Altitude
  • Angle
  • Type (of plane)
  • Slant distance
  • A Sky Map

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Pretty cool if you ask me! Maybe Siri isn’t completely useless. This makes me wonder what other hidden talents Siri might possess!

Here is another useful tip from the article:

If you actually want to visualize each flight above you at any given time, try the Plane Finder AR iOS app. You can hold it up to the sky, and little blue squares with flight information will appear where the planes are actually flying.

Check out the Yahoo Tech article Use Siri To See What Flights Are Above You HERE.

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