(A brief history by Dan Shapley)
It started with a question: ''Daddy, where's my iPod?''
With three young children in the house, those four words above were repeated so often that it literally became a daily chore to track down a missing iPod, or heaven forbid my wife's or my own iPhone. Apple's ''Find My Phone'' app was a godsend in those early days, and is still admittedly a very useful tool with what my wife and I have affectionately termed the ''iHunt''.
The trouble is that more often than not, Find My Phone couldn't help us because the battery on the missing device had been run dry by one of the kids. The iPod left for dead, wedged between couch cushions, left in a closet, kicked under the bed, face down in the yard, etc., and once again we'd begin the iHunt.
A time for action
As I've done a thousand other times about a thousand other topics, I asked myself ''Wouldn't it be cool if someone came up with a way to help with this problem?'' I'd complain to friends how frustrating it all is...until one of them said, ''What if there was an app that would alert you just before the battery died?'' Well, I thought that was a pretty darn good idea, and in a moment of clarity I also thought ''Hey, I could be the one to do this. I've got some skills, some business know-how, and (after having to replace two missing iPods) I've got the motivation.''
Thus was born our first app: Last Alert
Also see: King Pong