Written on Saturday, December 20, 2008 by Giorgos Saslis
- Marauder (Windows Mobile): measures crowd density by detecting nearby Bluetooth-enabled phones.
- Ballyhoo! (Symbian): a mobile coupon redemption tool for point-of-sale terminals that are equipped to handle near field communication (NFC).
- Memento (Android): a photo geo-tagging and organizing tool
- Mem 2D (Windows Mobile): Information-retrieval tool from posters via 2d barcodes.
- MobileTrader (Symbian S60): A mobile trading application for people within a certain distance (1.5 miles)
- Moca (Android): a mobile medical diagnostics program for developing nations. Medical field workers can send data (photos or videos, sound -- e.g. coughing, and answers to a series of questions doctors would ask) instantly back to doctors in the bigger cities to diagnose.
- Eclectyk (Symbian): near-field communication (NFC) applications that aims to replace the cards in your wallet
- UberCal (Windows Mobile): synchronizes your mobile Outlook calendar and Google Calendar
- CashTrack (Android): application that’s used for splitting bills
- TrainMe (Android): a.k.a. “Pocket Fitness Trainer” tool, contains images and videos of certain exercise moves for people new to working out, and it'll also create customized workout plans for you.
Looking at these apps qualitatively, it's interesting to see that:
- OS: Android tops the list with 4 entries, while Symbian and Windows Mobile both got 3.
- LBS: 40% of the apps (Marauder, Memento, Mobile Trader, Moca) have to do with location-based services. Shows you where the market is going.
- Mobile Payments: 40% off the apps (CashTrack, Eclectyk, MobileTrader, Ballyhoo!) were about payments via mobile, or about organising payments and making them easier in general.
If I had to pick a winner, well I just have to go ... with: da da da da dum ... Moca!
It just comes to solve a real problem people around the world are dying from, and that is access to doctors. If mobile can also help solve that for us humans, then we are taking a big step forward with this type of applications. Well done guys!