jTribe has finished its first iPhone application. It's called FirePin and is a simple iPhone app that allows a user to track trips.
We have chosen a minimalist approach and tried to avoid things that we found annoying on other iPhone apps.
Yes it is yet another tracking app. But this one is different. This is not a hard core GPS tracking system. It is about letting other people know where you are on a trip. Sharing and protection were the key design goals of the app.
Introducing our "no sign-up"approach
When the iPhone came out I ended up with 5 new user accounts on the Internet and stopped using apps that ask me to sign-up. Our app does not required the user to sign-up. Install and use it straight away.
"no sign-up" and still protected
The location data that is send to our FirePin location store is kept anonymous. It is impossible (even for us) to conclude who has submitted locations.
Power to the iPhone user
The user can manage and control all data from the iPhone.
Creating new trips,
sharing trips with friends and family,
accessing trip history and
displaying trips in the iPhone Map application.
However, access through a non-iPhone web browser is also possible and supported and offers some more advanced feature such as post-editing trips interactively in our integrated Google Maps application.
We are using it too
The jTribe folks (who are owners of an iPhone) are using FirePin too. Our first-time users thought: "Why should I use this app?" But then we found heaps of useful things we could do with it and it became kind of addictive.