I have a family member who is chronically late, to the point that we've given her a personal time zone. If she says she's going to be somewhere at a certain time, we know to expect her at least half an hour later.
Well, here's an app that will put an end to her well-intentioned but inaccurate ETAs: Twist
, an app for iOS, lets you tell other people your estimated arrival time based on your location and method of travel.
The app is able to calculate how long it will take you to arrive at a particular destination, then alert people of your choosing that ETA, as well as let them know if you're running late and when you're "almost there."
The app does have its limitations, as this GigaOM article
points out: It doesn't work underground, so the subway's out. And it seems to only work well if you plan well in advance.
Still, this is an interesting take on the typical location-based app. It eliminates the need for a courtesy call to let someone know you're running late or stuck in traffic. It also keeps all designated parties aware of what your ETA is even when you stray off course; it accounts for changes in the time if you make a pit stop or get stuck in traffic. I'm pretty stoked to share it with my chronically late family member.
If you use the Twist app, let us know how it works for you in the comments.