I’ve been playing with an app called, I’mOK. It’s essentially a mobile app that rewards kids for texting dads and moms. Children can use the GPS-enabled app to let parents know their location. Users can also use the app to text what they are doing, send photos, and tag friends. The goal of the app is to encourage children to keep their parents informed on their whereabouts. In exchange for checking in, kids are rewarded with points that can be redeemed for items like spending money, a new video game or special privileges. The I’mOK app is free and is compatible with Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad devices (iOS 4.0 or later). Bottom line: it’s a useful app that helps parents keep track of their children.
I’ve been playing with a Garmin nuvi 1300 GPS Navigator for the last few days. State Farm sent it to me for hosting a giveaway (the nüvi 1300 GPS is the prize). According to Amazon, the list price is $250 (it’s actually $150), but they are currently selling the gadget for $88. The nüvi 1300 is my first GPS device. I never had a need for one because I like to look up unknown destinations before I drive there. I call it being prepared, but some people probably think I’m just an anal control freak. However, GPS technology hasn’t only been beneficial to the regular consumer. Companies are using this technology for fleet tracking systems to benefit their businesses as well as their employees.
After playing with the nüvi 130, I can see why people like GPS devices. They are fun to play with and useful too. In short, I like the Garmin nüvi 1300 GPS Navigator. However, if I was to invest in one, I would buy a model with bluetooth technology. In my opinion, if you’re going to mount a GPS on your windshield or dashboard, you might as well turn it into a hands-free device for your cell phone.