You know how a song or playlist just fit's a certain spot? You might listen to a completely different playlist when you're walking along the water, when you're at the gym, or at the office. Tunaspot is a location-based music discovery platform that provides a map that lets you zoom into anywhere in the world and find out what playlists people are listening to and have shared there. Yesterday they launched an app on Spotify in their native Sweden, as well as Denmark and Norway.
Tunaspot CTO Christian Nilsson tells us they're doing a rolling launch to be sure they can scale and respond correctly, but the service can also be reached outside the launch countries by going to this link.
When we last coveredGrafetee, co-founder Juha Huttunen mentioned to us that their geo-location platform was working on some interesting partnerships, but law enforcement was not the angle I would have predicted. The Helsinki-based geo-location app is now being beta tested with Finland's police force, who will be monitoring images and text submitted through a certain channel on Grafetee.
Police will also be able to send location-based updates to warn users of situations. The app is both location-aware and time-sensitive, so Grafetee will only display content when they are near a location or specific event.
It should be noted that rather than this being a tool for emergency services, Grafetee and the Poliisi have built this aspect of the service to be a platform where people can communicate with the police and leave suggestions and ideas on how to make their neighborhood safer. In the case of emergencies, citizens should still call 112, the Finnish police emergency number.
Helsinki-based Grafetee is looking to become your home for location-based information. They're positioning themselves as both a billboard for posts of location-based information, and as well as an innovative service that sends things from the web to a location-based feed on your phone. Grafetee just soft-launched last week, and is available for iOS and Android.
Just opening up the Grafetee app doesn't give you a complete picture of where the company is going. The app is currently like a collection of location-based feeds; opening it up gives you a chat function, where anyone can post pictures or updates based on location.
A cool little app that found its way to us is Streetheart, built as a side project by Arvid Janson, the co-founder of Stockholm's Hoa's Tool Shop. The app helps document and explore the street art scene anywhere in the world an iPhone's camera and location-based features.
"I like connecting online to offline, which is why one of the most important features – to me – of the app is the possibility to place the photos on a map. One part of this is obviously due to the inherent fragility of the format, to document what has been, but to me it's more about giving people another way of looking at their cities," says Janson.
Automatic check-in apps for Foursquare have been available for some time now, but they all suffer from two major issues; poor accuracy and high battery drainage. To address these problems, Finnish startup Walkbase has introduced Checked, the world’s first indoor positioning client for Foursquare.
Hot on the heels of Grey Area comes Lokus Digital, a Finnish mobile games startup that plans to take location-based multiplayer games to a whole new level. Founded by three University of Turku graduates, the company’s mission is ambitious - to blur the border between gaming and reality.
Location-based applications have already become a huge part of smartphone users' lives, but are currently only about as accurate as the distance you can throw your iPhone. Thanks to a Finnish startup, location-based services are soon going to see a big update in accuracy.
Today, Walkbase announced the public beta of their indoor positioning platform for mobile applications. The service's cloud based room-level positioning API will now be available for developers to use, ushering in a new era of location based applications and advertising for the Android platform.