Our app of the week this week is Marco Polo! No, it’s not an app about the 13th Century Italian merchant traveller.
The Marco Polo app is a godsend to phone users who have misplaced their phone. The App works by the user yelling “Marco” and the phone answers “Polo”- yes, the phone yells back at you. So when you’re running out the door and can’t find your phone simply yell out “Marco” and the answer will come. It works in Sleep and Silent mode as well, so when your ringtone fails you, Marco Polo will come to the rescue.
The input phrase can also be customized by the user, so if you don’t fancy yelling out the name of the original Asian travel blogger (see Livers des merveilles du monde). You can choose something else equally wonderful.
Matt Wiechec, a designer and developer based in Toronto, is the creator of the new app.
Wiechec stated “In those moments where we have all lost our phones to the sofa cushions, or left them on the coffee table, or in the bathroom, we now have a fun way to find them again. It’s like playing tag with your phone, just walk around shouting Marco and your phone will ring back Polo, in another room”. Or in my case it will be somewhere underneath my book or laptop, or in a coat pocket or worst of all still in the car.
Word of warning you might need to give your living companions a heads-up about the app and what you’re doing before you start randomly calling out “Marco” all over the house, they might you have a pet mouse, or finally lost your reason all together. Also if you’re watching a documentary on Marco Polo, your phone might get very confused.
We’ve tried the app for ourselves and it really works. It’s only 80 cents and there’s so many different voices to choose from as well. Some voices are inspired by one or two celebrities, we’re sure you can guess who they are.
The Marco Polo app could help you avoid losing your phone ever again, but if there is any danger of you doing so, make sure you have gadget insurance from GadgetInsurance.com
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