January 14, 2011 in Productivity (E)
[prMac.com] Germantown, Maryland - Currently, eight states have laws prohibiting drivers from using any handheld cellular phones while driving including California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Washington, D.C. and the Virgin Islands. In addition, thirty states have bans on text messaging, of which 11 enacted these laws in 2010. Mobile phone application developers are beginning to get smarter - making applications that require little or no use of the hands to operate. App developers have been creating applications that assist in hands-free text messaging and social updates while driving as well as voice-activated searching and phone calls.
There are several applications available for the iPhone, Blackberry, Android, and Windows mobile platforms that assist in hands-free text-messaging while driving. Hands-free systems are available on several platforms and are becoming increasingly popular among phone users and application developer, AlchemAid, has created an application that takes hands-free one step further - offering the hands-free note taking application NoteMinder, launching in the iPhone App Store this month. NoteMinder lets users record notes, phone numbers, and other important information by simply shaking the phone to record and shaking again to stop the recording. The message is then automatically sent to a preselected email address that users set up on their first use of the application.
NoteMinder's Bluetooth headset functionality allows users to record notes and memos without ever putting a phone to an ear and additional functionality offers a press and hold to record feature in addition to text and multimedia messaging capabilities, text notes, and multiple send options. Users that prefer a simpler option can download the free NoteMinder Lite application that offers less functionality and one-touch operation to record and send a note or memo.
When asked about the inspiration for NoteMinder, founder of AlchemAid, David Cornblatt, stated, "Those thoughts and ideas that come to you at 3:00 AM or while driving in the car are sometimes really important ideas and it's a task to remember them once the initial thought has passed. Staying organized is important to staying happy and relaxed, but with all of the things that we do in a day and the busy lifestyles we keep, it's hard to stay organized without a little support. NoteMinder is a way to record all of the thoughts and notes throughout the day that are important."
The company is very clear about its mission with NoteMinder. The application is not made to replace productivity and organizational tools with features like calendars, sync, and task management. It's designed to increase the use of productivity and organizational tools by ensuring that all of the thoughts, ideas, dates, reminders, and phone numbers throughout the day get recorded. Users can take advantage of this functionality by placing those notes and reminders into their organizational products at the end of the day or whenever the timing is more convenient.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.2 or later (iOS 4.0 Tested)
* 5.1 MB
Pricing and Availability:
For a limited time, NoteMinder 1.0 is now offered at the discounted price of $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. NoteMinder Lite is available as a free release.
AlchemAid is a customer-centric company focused on providing mobile users with the tools they need to address common issues in daily life. AlchemAid is dedicated to creating applications for mobile devices and integrated Web apps that address common issues in daily life. From remembering to work out, recalling a passing thought that occurred while driving, or maintaining a healthy, positive outlook throughout the day; the applications developed by AlchemAid are created for better living. Copyright (C) 2011 AlchemAid. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.