June 2, 2011 in Productivity (E)
[prMac.com] Venice, California - A new era started in computer-assisted time management with Oops I'm Late in 2007, covered in international press from Engadget to CNET's "Web App of the Week" to Popular Science on one of 5 things to Make Meetings Efficient. Using a calendar application, users no longer have to place Oops I'm late! calls to peers and/or bosses. The software does it for you by calculating the distance between your location and destination, and notifying designated contacts if you are running late. Now available for the first time on the iPhone, iPad and other devices running iOS 4.3 or above.
Oops I'm Late is a unique application that does not require entering coordinates. The program does it for you, integrating GPS into existing event information. The result: no more frantic "I'm late" emails or text messages for the user, and an appreciated status report for the waiting parties.
Oops I'm Late solves the age-old problem of keep in touch with someone while traveling. Up until the last 100 years, communication based upon arrival was dependent upon ship communications that could took months or years if the boat ever arrived at all. In the last 30 years, cell phone advances have caused many people to talk while driving and eating, sometimes all three at once. Oops I'm Late makes the notifications you want instantly, effortlessly and transparently.
Oops I'm Late calculates ETA by dividing distance by rate, taking into account the current time, GPS location and appointment location. The user receives a 60-second visual and audio countdown warning if s/he misses the scheduled arrival time; unless disabled, Oops I'm Late will notify specified contacts and place updates that s/he'll be late.
Currently supported are: SMS text messages and email, Facebook, Twitter with the system configurable option for Geo-enabled status updates. Air charges may apply based upon each user's subscriber agreement with their mobile operator.
It should be stressed that this app allows users to communicate while driving while obeying most texting while driving laws. This would allow for a Ray LaHood (US Sec of Transporation) level of driver non-involvement while still allowing the driver to communicate with the outside world. Additionally, when Oops I'm Late can run in the background, progressively using more power as it gets closer to start time.
The Oops I'm Late's major use case is for familiar locations such as regular engagements, trips to the store, and so on.
* Weekly meeting at distant location with variable start time
* On way to location during traffic on freeway
* Long trips with an unknown amount of starts and stops (think trip to
* Dates, business meetings, special occasions
* Any travel that requires occasional contact as to ETA
* Failsafes: No notification if the GPS is lost, no false positive lates
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 4.3 or later
* 1.4 MB
Pricing and Availability:
OopsImLate 1.0 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category.
Alex Reich is an independent software programmer who works in Venice and lives in Los Angeles, California. Copyright (C) 2011 Alex Reich. 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.