One of my friends shared a free iPhone app that acts like a digital pedometer. It tracks where you walked, how many steps, how far, and maps it all out.
I returned the favor by telling her about another free iPhone app which sends out notifications to friends, family, or colleagues so they’ll know when you will arrive based on where you are at the time.
Where Are You, Dude?
The combination of GPS and location aware apps means iPhone users now have plenty of ways to track their whereabouts, and the Twist app adds an extra twist.
Twist isn’t complicated to use. Setup where you want to be and when and who to notify. Twist does the rest.
It uses the iPhone’s built-in GPS mashed up with Maps, traffic, Calendar, iMessage, email and more to notify people when you will arrive.
As you’re traveling Twist constantly calculates the remaining time relative to your current location.
If it looks as if you’ll be late, Twist can send out notifications so you can continue driving without worrying about sending email or text while you drive.
The notifications are automatically done for you.
Twist is really clever and simple to setup.
Set it so it notifies people about when you’ll arrive, and updates them if your arrival is delayed (traffic, unexpected stop, late start, etc.).
Twist doesn’t care if you’re driving, walking, or taking a bus, train, or the subway.
It uses your current location and destination to calculate an effective ETA (estimated time of arrival) automatically.
The ETA is then shared only with those on your list of people to notify. An app that uses GPS all the time can drain an iPhone battery quickly, so Twist uses a few proprietary GPS and cell tower math to improve battery life.
The only problem is remembering to setup Twist before you leave so it knows where you’re going, where you are, and it can figure out how much longer it will take to get there.