04 April, 2014
A few years ago I came up with an idea. I wanted to build an app that found geolocated photos from across the world, and showed you how to get to them. It worked a little something like this: think of a place, search for it, see inspiring photos and then get directions to the exact spots the photos were taken. An app built for travellers, holiday goers, photographers and procrastinators.
At the time I didn’t really have the technical chops to build it myself, so I drafted up a spec and went on the hunt for a developer to help me out. Unfortunately, due to costs and time constraints, this didn’t work out, and so I decided to shelve the idea and move onto other things.
For about the past year I’ve been dabbling in Rails development, with my mind often being blown by its incredible power to build out ideas and apps in a small amount of time. Recently, I came to the realisation that I could build Take Me There myself, and so with a few weeks set aside, I went and built it.
So what is Take Me There? Well, in the words taken from the app’s about page:
Take Me There was created to help you discover the stunning world around you. It cuts through the cruft and only shows you geolocated photos, meaning you can see the exact location every photo was taken.
Using the 500px API, Take Me There gives you access to hundreds of thousands of photos at your fingertips.
Travel inspiration, holiday inspiration, Monday morning office escapism, photography enthusiasm; the list of potential use cases goes on…
Right now the app is very new and a bit buggy. It doesn’t filter out the cruft as much as I’d like it to, but pulls through more good stuff than it does not so good stuff.