I created SAMi out of a very personal need to monitor my son at night after he was diagnosed with epilepsy. Using a networked IR security camera, I built the first version in 2009. The code was written in python and ran on a dedicated old Dell laptop. Over the years I've refined the design, tweaking the detection algorithm until I had a system that worked reliably for us. With the help of funding from the Epilepsy Foundation (I won their first "Shark Tank" competition) and the support of friends and family I've turned my bespoke python based solution into an iPhone app. www.samialert.com is my new website where we've recently launched SAMi to the public, we are starting to ship cameras worldwide. The response so far has been gratifying.
posted by cosmac
on Apr 2, 2014 -
Interesting instant-search dictionary app for iOS and Mac which finds words based on some of the letters they contain irrespective of order. For example you can type KQV and it will find you the only 13 words that contain all those letters (like EQUIVOKE). It's remarkably useful for word games like Letterpress (whose dictionary it is wrapped around) or for checking goes at Scrabble, or for a lot of word-related messing about. [more inside]
posted by w0mbat
on Mar 20, 2014 -
A simple app for creating a line graph.
It works by entering a number, a date-time is automatically associated with that number when it is entered. Two or more numbers and you got yourself a line graph. Not much more to it, there's the ability to create multiple graphs, and to edit entries, but tt's light weight by design.
Note: Requires a modern browser with HTML5. It worked for me on PC (Chrome), Android and iPhone, it should work on everything else.
There's a shorter alternate url as well: g.joha.us [more inside]
posted by forforf
on Mar 12, 2014 -
I had a baby this year, and we had a LOT of trouble with breastfeeding and pumping. I used basically every baby app I could find and found most to be frustratingly bad. So I made my own, and after 6 months of development (during naps no less) it went up on the App Store today. It works for nursing, pumping, or bottle-feeding moms, and even supports twins/multiples. And it is designed to be used one-handed. [more inside]
posted by annekate
on Jan 6, 2014 -
A web app to help blocked fiction writers write the next sentence (and the one after that, and the one after that...) [more inside]
posted by raisindebt
on Oct 12, 2013 -
As a long time reader of Ask Food & Drink, I've made a foodie/cook iphone app. More info and promo code inside. [more inside]
posted by cl3m
on Oct 8, 2013 -
My husband and I wrote this Android app for serious Scrabble players to train their anagramming ability. Unlike similar apps it allows the player to choose between various scrabble competition dictionaries (SOWPODS, TWL, etc), to choose to get a rack that includes J, Z, Q or Z, to require that at least one 7-letter word is available and to specify whether or not blanks should be allowed. Word definitions are available, although in my experience most Scrabble players don't really care about those! There's also a free version
people can try out that doesn't have some of these "professional" features. [more inside]
posted by lollusc
on Aug 15, 2013 -
In the wake of the recent wiretapping allegations, I thought this might be of interest. Frank
is a fairly unique iOS app which we've developed for secure chat. It permits frictionless, accountless, completely anonymous, end-to-end encrypted conversations, voicemails etc. Free at this point, although we will have to start charging for it sooner or later to cover server costs. Elevator pitch below the fold. [more inside]
posted by unSane
on Jun 10, 2013 -
Privacy policies now are actually required across app stores and people are risking fines and being sued for not complying with the COPPA. So iubenda makes it really easy to comply with these requirements.
(it's not just California btw. but California makes it clear that any app that is geared towards Californians, falls under their regulation).
Btw. we're always happy receiving feedback through the site, @iubenda or on here as well. :)
posted by iSimone
on Jun 6, 2013 -
I was working on being able to identify musical intervals by ear, but the apps I had tried weren't very fun. So instead of cursing the darkness, I got a few musical folks together and we made Project Unison, an app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch that turns interval ear training into a fun arcade game. [more inside]
posted by buriednexttoyou
on May 1, 2013 -
Make fake iPhone and iPad apps to rickroll your friends (or worse...). More information about the project in this blog post
posted by beeker
on Mar 31, 2013 -
Nametrix is an iOS app I created initially for baby naming, but it ended up being way cooler than that. It uses public data on millions of people (US census, US campaign contributions, Wikipedia) to determine what professions, political parties, and other affiliations each name tends toward. For example, Ellen is a disproportionately common name for 1) psychotherapists, 2) librarians, and 3) activists. Ellens also overwhelmingly lean toward the Democrat party and have tended to be most popular in the northeastern part of the US. As far as I know, nobody else has made anything remotely like this... Pretty fascinating stuff, right? What other kinds of metrics would you like to see?
posted by hodgebodge
on Jan 24, 2013 -
The Our Oregon Mobile Voter Guide is an app for iPhone and Android that presents progressive ballot measure recommendations for your location (Oregon only). Where do progressive groups that promote conservation, equal rights, reproductive health, senior care, and economic fairness stand on the ballot measures that matter most to Oregonians? Always up-to-date and relevant, the Our Oregon Mobile Voter Guide gives you the information and news you need.
posted by OverlappingElvis
on Oct 20, 2012 -
This site generates random Basic
, or Original D&D
characters. It's a little web application written and designed by me in Python. You can add "text" to the end of any URL to get a plaintext character sheet.
posted by chunking express
on Oct 16, 2012 -
I've been participating in the creation of a free iPhone app called BarNotes
. If you're the type of person who likes creating and sharing fancy cocktails, if you enjoy documenting in detail all the great drinks handed to you by your favorite bartenders, or even if you just want to be a voyeur and salivate over recipes - this app would be for you.
posted by komara
on Sep 30, 2012 -
I decided to quit my programming job at Google, start a small company
, and write an app with my best friend Graham Bartram. As he's a top flag expert
these days, the result was FlagWaver
. Watch his beautiful high quality flag artwork ripple in a virtual breeze as you spin and zoom them, even drag the simulated fabric with your finger. [more inside]
posted by w0mbat
on Sep 19, 2012 -
For residents of CO, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI, and WY: this is a page that formats the National Weather Service Central Region's "weather story" forecast information for your iPhone, including an icon so you can it to your home screen. Information on how to customize to your location is in the extended description. Source on Github
. [more inside]
posted by stopgap
on Sep 12, 2012 -
The thing started with a simple question: I have a savings plan without a fixed interest rate I regularly put money in. I even put extra money in it if there is something left at the end of the month or if my bank advisor tells me so. But when it came to examining the result I was left alone. All I could see was the actual balance. No one would tell me if my savings run well or not. So how do I find out the performance of my savings? What is the "real" interest rate I have got? [more inside]
posted by matthiasw
on Sep 7, 2012 -
Samvada (currently free in the app store) turns your iPhone/iPad into a set of sympathetic strings, tuned to the notes of a raga. Designed for practicing and performing Indian Classical music, Samvada is also fun to use for everyone - it turns everything the microphone picks up into tuneful sound.
posted by iotic
on Aug 29, 2012 -
The team I head up just launched an app we've been working on for months. It's called Split Decision: the nonsense vs knowledge game. It's a trivia game where what matters isn’t knowing the answer beforehand, it's choosing right, right now. It’s a nice inversion of what normally matters in quizzes, as the choice mechanic helps get rid of the predestination and futility you can get with Trivial Pursuit et al, and gives the game more pace and fun. [more inside]
posted by Sifter
on Aug 23, 2012 -
Costumemuse is an amusing way to come up with costume idea. It is a search engine of costume ideas. So if you're looking for inspiration for a movie themed costume or you want to see how many different variations of a Poison Ivy costume are possible it's the place to go. [more inside]
posted by aTrumpetandaDream
on Jun 13, 2012 -
I made an Android app for the popular Meow Reader website.
Swipe your way through our gallery of reading cats. Be amazed by their beauty and their solid grasp of the written word. These cats are the antithesis of LOLcats, educated, refined bookworms with a curiosity that could kill. [more inside]
posted by stungeye
on Mar 10, 2012 -
If you've ever been watching a movie and found yourself wondering “hey, wasn't that guy in $MOVIE_TITLE” or “say, what's got $PERSON_1 and $PERSON_2 in it”, Double Feature is for you. With its Movie Match feature, you can type in two movies and get back a list of the people that worked on both movies. With Name Search, you can punch in two names and get back all of the films those two people both worked on. That's literally all that Double Feature does. If you'd classify yourself as a movie buff, I think you'll really like it.
posted by scottjacksonx
on Feb 29, 2012 -
Jotunheim is an iPhone app that lets you post to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, and mlkshk. One at a time or all at once. So, you can keep your people up-to-date, even if they're not all on the same social network. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt
on Dec 1, 2011 -
So my friends & I have been working on this iPad music app for the past several months & it's just now available in the App Store as of tonight! As the name suggests, it emulates the table-top gear that a DJ or producer might use. It’s an expandable
modular studio where you can mix and match a variety of unique devices including samplers, mixers, effects, sequencers and etc. We've done quite a bit of iOS music app development in the past few years but this is the first app we've designed from the ground up for the iPad & so we're pretty psyched to find out what everyone thinks about it. I had an *amazing* response for the last thing I posted here (youarelisteningtolosangeles.com) so I figured this would be a great place to get some early feedback. There's plenty of demo videos & stuff available at the link so check it out and if you've got any questions, definitely let me know in the comments!
posted by idontlikewords
on Jul 27, 2011 -
An interactive camera app that responds to movement in real time, warping the image feed. Wave your hands around, move your head or pull facial expressions, and watch the image distort in amazing ways. [more inside]
posted by iotic
on Jul 6, 2011 -
I made a little free iPad app called Picture Chat. In it, two people (sharing the same iPad) talk not by speaking... but by typing any of the over 500 pictures to form picture sentences. In this video, you can actually see two of the robots (that come with the program) automagically talking to each other -- see robot communication weirdness ensue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBRmL7YXCZ8
posted by philipp
on Jun 26, 2011 -
"Up U Go!" is an iPad game I've been working on for the last few months. You control Burt, who is flying all around the world with the help of his trusty balloons. Dodge the local wildlife—as well as the buildings and trees—and swoop down to collect enough helium to fly on to the next land! We have what we think is a pretty great control scheme and we're all really proud of the way it came out! [more inside]
posted by Brainy
on Jun 23, 2011 -
Birthdays belong on calendars. But what about events with more flexible due dates? Things like watering the plants, cleaning the bathroom or replacing the water filter every six months.
And what about things you're looking forward to? How many days exactly is it until your cell phone contract expires or your homebrew is ready for quaffing with friends?
Cosmos Timer is an iPhone app that can track these kinds of events. It can handle events that are only a few minutes (boiling the perfect egg) or several years (your next tetanus booster shot) - and it shows a nice countdown which you can share with friends.
posted by kamelhoecker
on Jun 21, 2011 -
I have been collecting screenshots of clever stunts and UI details in web apps and thought I'd make it a tumblog and generally available. What can I improve?
Thanks for all suggestions (and even submissions of course)
posted by iSimone
on Jun 8, 2011 -
I am just finishing Q Scan for Netflix. It's my new iPhone app that let's you quickly scan retail Blu-ray and DVD barcodes to add movies to your Netflix Queue. You can also manage your queue within the app, check out new releases, and explore the Netflix movie catalog.
posted by jdlugo
on Feb 21, 2011 -
It's an app that generates pairs of colors at random, then puts them in a pattern, then lets you adjust and save those colors. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt
on Oct 14, 2010 -