New app tracks events that don't fit in a todo list or calendar

June 23, 2011 in Productivity (E)

[] Toronto, Canada - Calendars and todo lists are precise. They assume that an event has to happen at a scheduled time, and they don't elegantly handle tasks where the due date is flexible. This makes it difficult to track common jobs such as: Watering the plants, cleaning the bathroom or replacing a water filter every six months.

Their precision also leads to a binary interface where an alert is either in the future and invisible or prominent and demanding attention. By hiding future tasks, calendars and todo lists don't allow for preparation or anticipation of fun events such as the expiration of a cellphone contract or the due date of a baby.

Cosmos Timer is a new iPhone app that can track events with both flexible and hard due dates. There's an alert when the timer expires, but it continues to count up from the due date to show how much time has passed. It remains visibly expired until the user decides to either delete or restart it.

The countdown to the end of the timer is featured prominently in the interface, which allows for users to anticipate events that might be days, weeks or even years in the future. The countdown gives an awareness of future events and can be easily shared with friends.

Cosmos Timer can also handle shorter events and acts as a powerful kitchen timer. It can track a few items in the oven, or any complicated process where different items are finished at different stages.

"Cosmos can be used for everything from a few minutes to a few decades.", explains Jason Moore who led the development of the application. "The beta testers have been using it for everything from managing mortgage applications to limiting how long their kids play video games. I can't wait to see how more people use it once it's released."

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 3.3 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Cosmos Timer 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.

Based in Toronto, Canada, Xinsight is a small but nimble network consulting firm established in 2003 by independent app developer Jason Moore. Xinsight can be as small or as large as any project requires, bringing customer insight early into the design process. Copyright (C) 2011 Xinsight. 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.


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