Lately there has been an outstanding rise of start-up companies based upon the check-in technology. The following list is a selection of the most interesting new media technology applications:
Picplz (@picplz) -> Offers a simple way to take a picture and share it in just a few clicks. It’s easy to add a caption, tag your location and check in. Connect and share with your Twitter, Facebook and more. (SF, USA) | Platforms: iPhone, Android.
Jellydo (@jellydo) -> Create location based reminders. Once authenticated, you can then add todos in jellydo’s website or mobile app. The next time you checkin a venue which is categorized or tagged with the location you chose, you will be reminded by a text message or mobile notification. (SF, USA) | Platform: iPhone.
Foodspotting (@foodspotting) -> A visual guide to good food and where to find it. Foodspotting is the easiest way to find and share the foods you love: Instead of reviewing restaurants, you can recommend your favorite dishes and see what others have recommended wherever you go. (SF, USA) | Platform: iPhone.
Layar (@Layar) -> The Layar Reality Browser shows what is around you by displaying real time digital information on top of the real world as seen through the camera of your mobile phone. This technology is called Augmented Reality. We augment the real world as seen through your mobile phone, based on your location. (Amsterdam, Holland) | Platforms: Android, iPhone.
Waze (@waze) -> Waze is a social mobile application providing free turn-by-turn navigation based on the live conditions of the road. 100% powered by users, the more you drive, the better it gets. Join the community of drivers in your area today! | Platforms: Apple, Android, Blackberry (beta), Symbian, Windows Mobile.
Beerby (@beerby) -> Track and take notes about what beers you drink, find good beer near your current location, discover bars that carry your favorite beers, compete with your friends and more! | Platforms: Android, iPhone.
FourSquare (@foursquare) -> Foursquare is a mobile application that makes cities easier to use and more interesting to explore. It is a friend-finder, a social city guide and a game that challenges users to experience new things, and rewards them for doing so. Foursquare lets users “check in” to a place when they’re there, tell friends where they are and track the history of where they’ve been and who they’ve been there with. ( NYC, USA) | Platforms: iPhone, Android, Blackberry, ovi Nokia, Palm, Windows Mobile.
Facebook Places – Easily share where you are, what you’re doing and the friends you’re with right from your mobile. Never miss another chance to connect when you happen to be at the same place at the same time. Check in to get individual discounts, share savings with friends, earn rewards for repeat visits or secure donations for good causes. Platforms: Apple, Android, Blackberry, Symbian, Palm, ovi Nokia, Windows Mobile.