Mobile App Offers ‘Glympse’ Of Where You Are
A company called Glympse, Inc. launched a mobile phone app allowing users to share their location and provide a GPS-tracking map to a select group of people for a certain period of time.
For example, when Godot is running he late, he could send word and interactive Google Map application showing where he is, how fast he’s traveling, and what time he expects to arrive. Those waiting for Godot could know he’ll be there in about 10 minutes and they should just get started without him.
Available on T-Mobile G1 phones at launch, Glympse will also be made available for iPhone, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile.
“We created Glympse to help people exchange location information in a way that’s much more rich and powerful than phone calls and texts, but just as easy,” said Bryan Trussel, co-founder and CEO of Glympse, Inc. “In reality, there are very few people who we want to know where we are all of the time; yet, there are lots of people who we want to know where we are some of the time.”
Glympse also has a timer, called “GlympseWatch,” which allows the sender to set an expiration time on his or her trackability. Recipients don’t need to download anything to “glympse" the sender’s whereabouts. Selected recipients with an Internet-enabled device can access the information without log-in or passwords either.
Here’s a fun YouTube video demonstrating Glympse with, erm, hand people.