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What's New at the Space Needle
Written by Stacy Booth, Where Seattle editor.
The Space Needle Observation Deck is more than just a great view. This summer, they've been rolling out a bunch of new features, implementing some of the latest technology to add to the experience.
Space Needle Mobile App
You can download their mobile app for free (iOS, Windows Phone and Android), and with it see the panoramic view you'll get from the Observation Deck. Plus, get more information about some of the landmarks you'll see, like the Museum of History and Industry, the Gates Foundation, the Ballard Locks, the Olympic Sculpture Park and Pike Place Market. With the compass, you'll also be able to see how far away you are from some of Seattle's most famous landmarks, what direction you need to travel to get there, and view the Space Needle wherever you want with the use of Space Spots. These spots are found on the floor of the Observation Deck, or you can download your own Space Spots to use wherever you'd like. The spots on the Observation Deck include the same four you get in the at-home download (the regular Needle, the Needle and fireworks, the Needle in the clouds, and the cartoon Needle), plus two more - one lets you peek into the restaurant, SkyCity, while the other gives you a view of the ground, 520 feet down.
This massive touchscreen (it's 20 feet long and 8 feet tall) is filled with both historic and instant images of the Space Needle. Scroll around and you'll find everything from historic photos of the Space Needle's construction for the 1963 World's Fair, to Mudhoney's concert on the top of the Needle in 2013 to celebrate Sub Pop's 25th anniversary. One end of the SkyPad also displays fun facts about who has been to the Needle (did you know four astronauts have visited?), and you can add your name and hometown to the collection, and then view a graphic of where people are coming from.
Read the rest of the story here: Where Seattle