Big Props to Mobile

For all the complaining we all do about our phones and phone service, I just want to take a moment to acknowledge how far mobile, as a medium, has come.

It’s so simple we tend to take it for granted, but I’m consistently impressed by how much better Google maps on the iPhone has gotten month after month. In this picture, not only can I see exactly where I’m sitting in my house, I can see my car out front. It’s almost a little creepy, but just so cool. Google Maps, I love you. There, I said it.

This kind of tech enables all sorts of cool new ways to use the phone. I’m thinking in particular of my friend Zach Saul’s (and company) game Seek n’ Spell. If you can manage to find 2 or 3 friends that are both nerdy and athletic, I highly recommend you download the game and spend an afternoon in the park playing. Just watch out for inanimate objects. Imagine playing Scrabble, except you have to run around a virtual board picking up letters as they fall from the sky. We looked so ridiculous playing the game that SFGate even did an article on us.

More recently, I’ve been enjoying playing with Monocle in Yelp’s app. It’s an amazing piece of software that should be getting way more press than it is. As far as I know, it’s the first publicly available, FREE, augmented reality app. It’s just so cool. I can’t wait to see what other augmented reality apps pop up as other datasets get plugged into the Monocle engine. The screenshot here I took while walking along the Embarcadero in SF, and it literally overlays info onto the businesses around you, and changes as you walk or change direction. It’s a little mind-blowing.

That’s my love-fest for today. Now if only AT&T could figure out how to make it so I can complete a call without it dropping out…