Mike McAllen of Grass Shack Events Media talks about some nifty mobile applications for your phone for meeting planners and production peeps! 🙂
Easiest way to read more about these is to open up your itunes store and cut and paste each in the search box on the top right hand side. Please contact me if you have any great travel or meetings/event related mobile applications or ideas for one.
Sit or Squat- (Free)
Choice Hotels Locator (free)
Lonely Planet Mobile Phrasebooks($10)
Sunrise Sunset Finder (.99) pro ($1.99)
Cheap Gas (Free)
Where am i?
Wikitude AR Travel Guide ($1)
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Mike McAllen: Okay. Welcome back. You are back with Meetings Podcast. Once again, I am Mike McAllen with Grass Shack Events and Media. Jon Trask is currently working on some huge, hugely time-sensitive RFPs. He said he had like three days to turn around some very big shows, which is interesting. Things seem to be picking up for all of us. Tom Hillmer on the other hand, is traveling the world as usual. Actually, he’s just traveling in Florida right now as what I – I got a little iPhone message from him today, on my iPhone not an iPhone message. I don’t think he has an iPhone but he sent me this mobile message saying that he is currently in Florida for a 2010 program, site inspection. He was in Sara Soto yesterday. He’s going to Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and then he goes home. So, he’s got quite a little busy schedule.
I wanted to kind of talk about all these applications for our iPhones and for our blackberries and our – the new Pre that just came out, the Palm Pre that there’s so many options now for – your phone is actually a mobile device that can really – the applications that now they have on mic and the iTunes – I have an iPhone so I kind of go to the iPhone but all these new other mobile phones are coming up with the applications that can really help you. And I wanted to take you through some travel applications, some production applications and some car applications that I think maybe would help you when you get out there on the road because most of us nowadays have these apps and I was just thinking myself about maybe putting together and making an app for Grass Shack Events and Media, maybe for production, maybe helping you with your numbers and rooms for throws first, for projection throw, how many people you can really fit in a ballroom with a stage with your projection, that kind of a thing. Maybe doing something like that so if you have any ideas on that that you’d be looking for as a meeting planner or a production person, please e-mail me at [email protected]
Check out some of the apps in the stores and they can really make your life easier. So, I was thinking about it’s efficiency, time-savers and also, for fun. Here’s a couple of travel apps that I saw. One, which kind of cut my eye that I thought was kind of funny is – we’ve all been in this position, I guess that didn’t come out right, for we’ve been in this position, we need to use the bathroom and we are all over the place. So, this one app is called Sit or Squat and it’s for the Blackberry, the iPhone and it’s free. It’s GPS, of course GPS-enabled so it tells you – it automatically points out the nearby public restrooms and includes details as whenever they’re open and if they have a changing tables. It relies on user’s submit a data and some members even upload photos and rate the toilet. So, I thought that was kind of an interesting one. Again, it’s called Sit or Squat and I’m going to put all these in the show notes of our – of the podcast page at the MeetingsPodcast.com so you could check them out there.
That’s a very handy one. I don’t know about the photos again, but that’s very handy. Some things that we all need are places to eat, restaurants and some good review sites are Urbanspoon and Yelp have both of those on my iPhone and they’ve come in handy several times and they both – they let you search based on your location. It finds your location through the GPS and they have all kinds of key words that you could use or price points so you could put in like a Mexican food or you can put in fish tacos or whatever that you want. Sorry, I’m hungry. It’s lunchtime. So – and they both have that.
Another one, if you need to find a place to stay, a real good one is Hotels.com’s iPhone App and it give us tons of reviews and hotel descriptions, ratings of prices. You can view where the properties are on the map and you can even book on there with your finger.
Another one of hotels is called Choice Hotels Locator. The Hotels.com one is free and so is the Choice Hotels Locator and that one, it’s from the business that runs Comfort Inn and some other branch and it pulls up info and makes reservations at 5,800 of its properties worldwide, which is pretty cool. Also, the Urbanspoon and the Yelp are free, free apps. So, that’s kind of fun.
Another thought that I had was – which were some cool ones was for communications and we all know that we sometimes get in these situations where there’s a lot of translation problem sometimes and one of them is the Lonely Planet Mobile Phrase Books, which you can get their apps and they’re $10 per language in the app store for the iPhone and you can get translations for hundreds of sentences and phrases. Pretty cool thing to have just in case you need it. Phrases are grouped into easily searchable categories like transport, banking, emergencies. Once you found out what you want, your phone shows a phonetic pronunciation and even reads it to you, which is kind of cool. So you could – probably, you could it turn it around and play it for the – whoever you’re trying to talk to in the other language, kind of a cheat but good thing to have just in case you need to get something.
A laser option is called Point It and it’s for $5 on the iPhone music store. It’s an offshoot of the popular tourist book consist of everyday travel images but the idea, you display the appropriate photo to express yourself. Kind of handy if you can’t get across what you need to say, you can show a picture of it so it’s kind of point it, kind of an interesting idea also. So, that is for like eating and sleep – no, that was for communications, I’m sorry.
So, another one – did I say Skype already? I’m not sure if I talked about Skype. Skype was the other one. I don’t know if you’ve used Skype before. It’s an application you can use on your computer using a VOIP technology, Voice Over Internet Protocol and it might just change the way you – when you go out into other countries because you can dial out from there and not put the minutes on your phone, pretty cool. And sometimes, it’s as little as $0.02 a minute so something to look into. But you will need a WiFi spot to use that but still, pretty cool.
Some interesting things here were some security ones that I thought might be, kind of goes into communication area that you could use. The iSafe, which creates a safety profile of your location and a female voice alert when you enter a high-crime area, which is interesting to have. I wonder if that would work here in Oakland, California. It probably would be screaming at you all the time. iSafe is pretty good idea but I don’t – I think you should just not really locate – use that as something. I think it’s kind of a funny thing to get for a dollar but really use your street marks our there. Don’t rely on your phone. If you’re in a bad neighborhood, get out of the bad neighborhood.
Another one is a Private Eye. It aims to retrieve your stolen iPhone. For it to work, the thief must click on your phone’s icon reading private, which opens a screen that says, “Access assessing pictures.” It’s a stalled tactic so the app can e-mail you to the phone’s location. Kind of a funny idea, huh?
So, let’s see. So, some other good ones. So, some onset applications, let’s look into that a little bit. So, there’s one called the PC Cam Video Shoot. Another one that I found was called the Photo FX and it’s $3, $2.99 which is really low and it features 26 filter simulations of various optical lab processes, some photography effects and some kind of – some sorts of Tiffen Glass Filter types. It’s very cool for someone who is a shooter and I would look into it more if you are. That’s – probably, most of the people listening to this podcast wouldn’t want to use that or wouldn’t have a use for it but I thought I would throw it in there because it’s so much cheaper than the other one and it’s just very, very good.
Let’s look into some other kind of production ones. There is the Lomo Slate, which is if you’re shooting with different cameras and the cameras don’t have a way of synching with each other through the time code, you can use this application. Pretty cool tools. A lot of these tools are – you’ve seen them when you’re starting a movie and they slap the slate in front of the cameras. You don’t have to, you kind of use this application now and it gives a clapper – this app gives the clapper beep to mark the beginning or an ending of a take so it’s kind of a cool idea too, that’s called the Lomo Slate. So, check that out.
Another one is if you need an audio reference of what you’re – maybe you’re talking head that sit on camera, you can use this application called Speak Easy. It plugs into a mic that comes with the iPhone and you’ve got a digital recorder that will – like even like a year ago, that would cost you hundreds of dollars to get something like that. So, it’s free and you can save it, send it off to a transcriber and they’re you got a nice transcription of your audio.
Another one is a Footage Calculator, which you can find. It has – it’s pretty handy. Same thing, it let’s you kind of figure out based on the frame rayed and the format or resolution how much storage you’ll need, kind of a cool thing.
Sunrise Sunset Finder, anywhere in the world, you can find out in two clicks when the sun will rise or set. That helps on shoots, save money, know when the sun’s coming up, when it’s coming down, makes exterior shots of that much easier if you’re doing the video outside, you know exactly when to make the crew calls. Good production, little hint there.
So, those are some cool productions ones. As I said, I love to make one for meeting planners that I’m kind of in the mix for doing something like that so if you have any ideas, please do e-mail me because I think I’ll put something together for meeting planners.
The last one was car applications, something to do with cars. One was called the GasBuddy and it calls info from a 181 websites that track gas prices in the US and Canada and that’s called GasBuddy. Its $3 less what you’ll pay for regular premium and diesel at nearby gas stations, all shown on a map. Pretty handy, huh? So, if you’re head bringing that car back to the airport, you where to get the cheapest gas you can.
Another one is called the Cheap Gas. It’s a similar application. It’s free. Oh I’m sorry – GasBuddy costs, the first one, GasBuddy costs $3. Cheap Gas is a free application but it has no map feature.
Trapster is for the BlackBerry and the iPhone, which is free. It warns of – Trapster, it warns of police speed traps but even with thousands of user updates daily, the info can be really old. So, that’s kind of – obviously, they’re probably moving their speed traps around but kind of – if you know where they usually are, might be a good idea. I don’t condone speeding though, please. The GPS-enabled Park Mark for $2, remembers where you park your car and guide you back to it. For all of you alcoholics out there, it’s a nice one for you. You can find your car but don’t drink and drive guys. Sorry, that’s not very funny.
And another one was Taxi, Taxis. There are plenty of apps to pull up list of local cab companies. All of these competitors including Cab For Me and Taxi!, I think the best one is called Taxi Magic. It’s free. It’s best because of it’s magic booking feature in over 30 cities including Boston, Washington D.C. and Chicago. You can connect directly to the cab company’s dispatch system and have a car sent to you. No phone call required. So, that is probably one of the best ones in here, that one I’m giving you.
Another one, if you want to get oriented wherever you are there’s one called Wikitude AR Travel Guide. It’s a dollar. It shows the nearby landmarks and popular attractions plotted on the map for you. You can touch the spot on the screen, a museum, a bridge, a skyscraper or something to read the Wikipedia entry about it or to view user’s shared photos, you can check out those too.
So, I think that’s all I’m going to give you because that’s a lot of them and I’m going to put them all – links to them all so you can go, check them out in the Meetings Podcast site, that’s MeetingsPodcast.com.
I wanted to thank, which I forgot to do at the beginning of our show, our sponsors, our wonderful sponsors, Hilton E-Events and Blue Sky Factory. Hilton E-Events of course, you can book events on there. They do weddings now on there and for Blue Sky Factory, of course, check them out because they have some great e-mail provider resources. It’s a great company. Check them out.
And so, take a look at all these apps that I showed you. I think maybe some of them can save you some time, some efficiency in what you’re doing when you’re out there in the world and most of all, it’s really fun. I’ve now spend so much time sitting in wherever we are and staring at that iPhone, playing with it. So, you might as well get the most out of it because it’s pretty good tool and all mobile phones are actually and things are really going mobile.
I wanted to remind everyone that Jon and I will be speaking in July at the WEC, MPI’s WEC in Salt Lake City. We’re going to be doing a talk on online presence and Jon is also doing a talk on how to work with your AV vendor. So, we hope to see you there. If you want to hear anything about online presence, please give me a call or give me an e-mail at [email protected] and I hope to see you there. Maybe we’re going to meet up together. That will be fun. So, thanks again and I will talk to you later. Bye-bye.
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