WEDDAR - The first people powered weather report service in the world.
Made by two Portuguese: Ricardo Fonseca with co-founder Gonçalo Catarino, Weddar launched last month, and has already seen it’s app downloaded in 86 countries by over 26,000 users. Found this today on Springwise website, which held an interview with Ricardo.
In the words of Weddar: “And because it doesn’t make sense that we still depend on old, machine-based, general area location and innacurate Public Weather Report Services. Weddar is People Powered Weather Service.”
// Download the App only available for Iphone on the Apple Store. (They say they are working on the Android customers out there)
Food Spotting : A visual guide to good food and where to find it.
Food Spotting, one of the hottes start-ups on the internet, began in 2009 when cofounders Alexa Andrzejewski (Adaptive Path), Ted Grubb (Get Satisfaction) and Soraya Darabi (New York Times) realized that while there were many restaurant review apps, there was no easy way to find or rate specific dishes. Once you log in, you can upload a photo of you’re favourite meal at any location in the world, and tag it relating to the address of where you had this meal/drink, and share it with everyone. You can also SEARCH by location and food if you’re not looking to upload anything, and just want to find a good place to eat/drink, in your vicinity.
In this screen shot here, I typed in ‘Shanghai’ and found lots of local places (that I know are real because I’ve been there too) where people have tagged their pictures, and others have rated the establishment too.
App Watch: Color - The super hyped up Photo-sharing app of the moment.
So while this has been buzzing around the tech sphere for a few weeks now, apparently a lot of people still havent heard of it (The Quora X Silicon Valley syndrome) so i thought ill share it with you guys.
Founded by Bill Nguyen - previously of Lala together with 6 other founders, including the previous Chief Scientist of LinkedIn, Color has been under fire from critics insisting that the app is overhyped. This was mostly due to the their insane $41 million funding from the likes of Sequoia Capital, Bain Capital, and Silicon Valley Bank. Pre-launch.
With social photo apps on the rising end of the hockey stick curve (Instagram, PicPlz and Path), Color has certainly managed to make a noteworthy first impression. Unlike the rest of the apps, Color is bent on taking social photo to a whole new level. Think Twitter for photos.
Unlike “traditional” closed networks apps, with Color, your photo stream is made public and shared with everyone around the vicinity (100 ft) and its dynamically updated which means you will be able to see a live visual diary of whats going on around you. Just imagine using it at music festivals and conferences and being able to keep track and view the entire buzz surrounding you, through the perspectives of others no less.
You will be able to set up groups with your friends BUT the stream remains public which means you will also be able to view other group streams to see what photos they are taking too.
With Color, you have an Elastic Network where your social connections are displayed accordingly to how “strong” your bond is with particular contacts, for example if Color detects that you and another user are really close by (ie. hanging out) your bond with that user increase which means you will probably see your first degree friends or family on top of your list.
By clicking on your friend’s profile, you will then be able to see photos taken within 100ft around them!
So why $41 Million in backing you ask? What do all the VC firms see in Color? Well Nguyen has visions of leading the revolution of how we experience and socialize with apps in this mobile culture. Using GPS and other data collected, Color might eventually make personal recommendations to you and that includes interesting people!
Will Color live up to its hype? Only time will tell but for now get in the loop and try it here
And yes, one last thing. That domain , Color.com. Really? Awesome what money can buy you.
I'm Ana Cecilia, Born & raised in beautiful Porto, Portugal. Currently I'm working at Made by Many as a Service Designer. In June this year I graduated from the Digital Media program at Hyper Island in Stockholm.
This blog started as a way to document my journey as a Hyper Island student and my learnings & experiences. I've continued to use it as a means to explore and document my surroundings and things that inspire me.