iPhone contest winner

Congrats to Michael Mistretta, who’s going to be getting a brand new iPod Touch for his winning entry in the iPhone Application Idea contest! I apologize for taking so long to judge the entries – as I said in an earlier comment, I got sidetracked a lot as I explored the feasibility of some of the entries and discovered details about the workings of the iPhone OS.

While I’m not going to talk up Michael’s idea until its development is a bit further along, I’ll share some of the other entries we liked:

  • Location logging that can be used to tag photos after you upload them to iPhoto
  • Consultant’s client billing / project timer / mileage / expense tracker
  • Podcast downloader that updates over WiFi so you don’t need iTunes
  • Enable the iPhone as a touch sensitive input device to replace or augment the mouse
  • A visual bookmark viewer that uses CoverFlow
  • A diet / health blogging app to feed something like Body Lapse

There were a ton of other great entries, many of which I’d love to implement if it weren’t for technical or distribution issues. There are a couple in particular that deserve special mention:

  • A Mojo client
  • A “spaces” capability where apps are activated by turning the iPhone to particular orientations (how sweet would that be?)
  • Download song lyrics for the currently playing song (obvious, but still not there)

Thanks to everyone who submitted ideas! Oh, and if you submitted one that didn’t win but we end up using it later on to build a successful product, you’ll definitely get a “thank you” iPod or some other present 🙂

2 Responses to “iPhone contest winner”

  1. Chris says:

    What ever happened to the software? 🙂

  2. Jon says:

    Sigh… The winning software idea is half-written, but it turned out that the iPhone’s camera is too crappy to actually do the image recognition that I needed to do, so I had to shelve the project for the present. I’m still at work on another iPhone app, but it requires a significant Mac app to coordinate with it, so it’s taking a little while.

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