Moby Trips

Launched a new app for Moby, Systems inc. called Moby Trips (download from the iTunes Store). This app builds upon Simple Location Sharing by adding features such as waypoints (pins), photos, and recording your path via GPS. The app uses the same, flexible, nodejs backend which powers Simple Location Sharing. I’m continuing to work on this app in my free time, so any feature suggestions are welcome!

Two interesting challenges I ran into were the manor in which iOS’s Asset Library class handles deleted files, and keeping the server and iOS client synchronized throughout areas of patchy cell service. Next time I may try to use Meteor’s Open DDP protocol to overcome this challenge, as REST wrangling became much more trouble than expected.

Future improvements include synchronization of the data across multiple devices, a more comprehensive HTML5 viewer, the ability to enable and disable live streaming, and exporting of your data to various formats such as GPX and Open Street Maps.

Relisten

I’ve been working on a side project, Relisten.  This is a web application for Facebook and Spotify users that aggregates listening history into weekly playlists that can be “relistened” through Spotify. The app came from my usage of Last.fm and the realization that no such tools exist for data on Facebook.

Relisten was an exercise in using the Facebook javascript API and HTML5 localStorage. The technical goal of Relisten is to achieve a fully functional web application without any server-side processing. Facebook data is retrieved from your own browser and stored locally, allowing for an intrinsically scalable app.