Disrupt London Hackathon 2015
James Hitchcock and Moti Ferentz, together with the remainder of their group, have been visiting London for TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015’s hackathon — however they didn’t fairly have entry to the info they wanted in order to seek out their method round.
So, as a part of the hackathon, they constructed SMSNav.me. Customers faucet a button that sends a textual content message with their location — captured from the GPS hardware with no knowledge connection — and the place they’re making an attempt to go. The service then sends them again instructions which might be opened up within the software. All this works as a result of the GPS know-how can run whether or not or not there’s an lively knowledge connection, and doesn’t require a brand new native sim card or one thing alongside these strains.
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“We have been touring rather a lot, arriving right here, we had the identical drawback,” Hitchcock stated. “We didn’t have a knowledge connection, and it was actually useful to make use of simply GSM providers, to have the ability to get from level A to level B with none knowledge.”
It might additionally work with out the app, sending the “from” and “to” instructions by means of only a textual content message and never opening up SMSNav.me. The consumer will then get the instructions by way of a textual content message.
The purposes for one thing like this might additionally transcend merely instructions — it’s about compressing knowledge, sending it and receiving it utilizing textual content messages. Proper now, the instructions seems like the obvious course to go in initially (particularly for getting into new nations), however there’s probably extra that might be finished, Ferentz stated. In fact, it’s not prefer it’s attainable to compress a video in a textual content message, however there might be different potential purposes.
The staff nonetheless has to discover a strategy to generate income off the app if it’s going to show into an actual firm. Hitchcock stated the group hadn’t determined whether or not to do something with it extra formally, however was fairly assured within the app’s utility. “We’ll should discover a approach to make it pay for itself, it’d value us each time somebody makes use of it,” Ferentz stated. “However it might be a great venture to maintain going.”