This is an excerpt from our longer post on Measuring boule to jack. More and more people are carrying smart phones these days, so it seemed appropriate to revisit the topic in a post of its own.
I haven’t yet had an opportunity to try these apps. If you have, please leave a comment and tell us about your experiences. What app are you using (or did you try)? How well is it working for you?
There are three primary issues with any measuring technology.
- How quickly can a measurement be made? How easy is it to use?
- How likely are you to accidentally move a boule or jack when using it?
- How precise is it?
Smart-phone apps are a technology that, at least in theory, should score high on all counts. They should be quick and easy to use. They involve ZERO risk of touching and moving boules or jack. And they should be precise.
There are a number of smart-phone apps, available on both iPhone and Android platforms. Here are a few of the more promising ones that we’re aware of. (As of November 2014, there are now too many to list. So our last link is a search for “petanque” apps at the Google app store.)
|mMesur from Obut||iPhone & Android, free.|
|Petanque BoulOmeter||iPhone, free|
|Metre Petanque||Android, free|
|Metre Petanque PRO||Android, $1|
|Who has the point? A qui le point?||Android, under $2|
|Petanque||Android, under $2|
|Search for PETANQUE apps at the Google app store||Android|
For older players, a smart-phone app has both pros and cons. Regardless of your age, a smartphone (and a data plan) can be prohibitively expensive. And older players can sometimes be technology-averse. I know a few older players who refuse to touch a computer or a smartphone.
On the other hand, for those with knee, back, eyesight, or stability issues, a smartphone can be a great tool. You can measure without squatting or getting down on your knees. And without having to get back up!
But of course there are other tools for dealing with such flexibility issues. One that I’ve found works quite well is… a younger team-mate. 🙂