February 26, 2012
Last Alert, an innovative app we covered last week, is coming closer to its funding goals. In anticipation of the funding, app developer Dan Shapley is moving forward and implementing new features to ensure that Last Alert will function above and beyond expectations. Now designed to be fully VoiceOver friendly, Last Alert will be completely accessible to those with limited or no vision. The blind community will be able to be prompted vocally to the last location of their iDevice when the battery has died. Last Alert is not a jailbreak app, as many assumed. It works by intermittently taking battery readings instead of running constantly in the background, saving battery life. Once it senses a low battery it emits an audio warning. If not placed on a charger it will then take note of the GPS location of the iDevice and sends an email with the coordinates to the user. If installed on another iDevice the user can launch Last Alert and be directed to the last known location of the dead iDevice via written prompts, compass and a sonar ping which gets faster as you get closer. Another new feature adds an elevation reading to the data collected. This will ensure that those who live or work in multiple story buildings will be able to determine which floor their iDevice died on. To help push Last Alert to full funding see the Kickstarter page. You can choose to pledge as little as $2 and as much as $50 or more. For a low donation of $5 you will be one of the first to have the app, and if you are really into home made cookies Shapley promises to send you a box if you pledge $50, also he will recognize you as a hero and saint to anyone you wish. Shapley is now beta testing Last Alert and is very pleased with the results. We love his sense of humor and the clever way this app could make our lives easier. Just this week I lost my iPhone when it ran out of power. My first thought was Last Alert and how handy it will be. If the video above does not work please click here. Are any of you backers? If you backed $50 or more will you share your cookies? UPDATE: Last Alert ($0.99) and Last Alert Pro ($1.99) are now available in the App Store.
Last Alert Pro