Recho: Audio Recordings Tied to Specific Places
Recho is an iPhone app that allows users to discover (and record) short audio messages that are tied to specific locations. In a lot of ways, it’s similar to geocaching, where users are given a specific longitude/latitude with the promise of some hidden object. In this case, that object can be a message, a song, a story… anything that someone decides to leave behind.
I really love the idea of discover audio, and found the discovery interface to be quite neat. The creators first pursued this idea of a location-specific app due to their love of podcasts:
Over lunch today, I decided to walk around a bit to see if I could find any messages (and to leave one of my own). While I saw a large number of possible messages, one drawback for me was that I couldn’t tell just how far away they were.
On first glance, they seemed to be a few hundred feet away. I walked for several blocks, and couldn’t tell whether I was getting any closer or not. But on closer inspection, I realized that the messages showing up on my screen were a few hundred kilometers away!
I guess the UI shows me a minimum number of nearby messages (because otherwise, if there were no messages close by the screen would just be blank). This seems like a big challenge with the app, in that it’s got to have a lot of participants/messages for others to want to participate and adopt it.
A tough challenge faced my many a startup, but I really like the concept here. On my walk, even though I didn’t discover any messages by others… I ended up leaving one of my own.
If you’re near Wabash and Jackson… consider downloading the app and have a listen. And if others in Chicago end up playing with this thing, drop me a line (or a location). I’d love to hear what you come up with, and… I’m all ears.
[via Product Hunt]