I’m always running across people saying, “don’t you wish there was an app for that”. Sometimes I’m surprised to find that actually is an app for “that”. With over 500,000 apps in the iOS marketplace, it’s hard to imagine that we could even need any more. So as the new year begins, here are some I think should be created this year. Some of these are very pie-in-the-sky and require quite a bit of other things to happen in order to be used effectively, but hey! It’s the New Year! Anything is possible right?
1. RefriderMinder – Just in time for those New Year’s weight-loss resolutions out there! Ever wonder what’s in your fridge but your at the store already? Ever get surprised by that old tub of sour cream that’s gone green earlier than you thought? That’s where “RefridgerMinder” app comes in handy. This app can actually detect what’s in your fridge! (Note: “SmartFridge” and optional bar code scanner readers and weight sensors not included) Imagine it, when you put food in your fridge it instantly scans it and let’s you know the expiration date. Enable push notifications to warn you when something is reaching expiration or running out (via weight sensors). With an optional upgrade, you could even have the nutritional information fed to your favorite weight-loss app. If you purchase accompanying tupperware with an electric date/time diode on the lid, your left-overs could communicate to you as well. Finally, if you really wanted to go all out, mini-cams could be installed on fridge shelves that let you actually look at what’s in your fridge via this app. There will also be a companion app called “PantryMinder” coming out not too long after this.
2. BreadCrumbs – During our recent visit to the Big Island of Hawaii, my wife commented to me while we were driving by landmarks, “wouldn’t it be nice if we could have an audio tour happening right now that tells us what significant stuff is around us?”. With the geo-location feature on iDevices, it would be easy enough to enable audio to come on based on your location and the direction your are facing. In fact, there are already a couple apps out there already that already do that. This app would take it even a step further. Users could input their own images, videos, and audio based and geo-tag the location where they are for other users to experience what they experienced. Volcano not erupting the day your are there? No problem! Click on a user-video from the exact spot your are standing and experience an augmented reality version of the volcano erupting.
3. YouTube Ed Edition – This one is exactly what it sounds like. There are a lot of “filtered” apps out there like Kideos, which will categorize some YouTube videos by age level. However, with the recent release of Youtube.com/education, I hope it’s only a matter of time before a separate YouTube Ed Edition app appears on our devices.
4. GreenLightGo – I know we are not supposed to check email or text in our cars. In fact, many states are outlawing the use of any cell phone while the car is in motion. Playing by the rules means we are stuck reading or responding to as much as we can in the 2 minutes it takes for a traffic light to cycle through. Often times, I’m so into my response or research that I don’t notice the light has changed until I’m gently reminded via a driver’s honk to my rear. This app solves that problem. Simply run this app in the background of your device, then when the light you are facing turns green, the screen flashes and sends a small audio alert letting you know it’s time to move. Sounds simple enough right? The trick would be getting the highway department to let this app access their traffic signal cycles.
5. URL in a Flash – The one GIANT roadblock/question I get when talking about iDevices in school or anywhere else is the “yeah, but it doesn’t run flash” response. There are currently several apps that claim to enable some sort of flash integration on the iPad. (Photon being the best, albeit a little clunky and not cheap. Rover is a more limited free option.) With the recent openess of Adobe towards Apple I think a true everything app that runs flash will be out there soon, only in all reality it likely won’t look like this. It will probably be blue with a compass on it and be called “Safari”.
So there you have it. Just enough to wet your appetite to the possibilities. I know I might be giving away a ton of money in free ideas, but the reality is I just want to see these apps invented. (I also didn’t share my top 3 ideas as I do actually hope to invent those 🙂 The scary thing is, I think we all have these rattling around in our heads. I just chose to create fake app icons and put them on a blog. What app have you thought of? Please share via comments below or invent it and share it with me!