February 07, 2013

Help my wife nag me (in a good way!)

Okay, enterprising coders, here’s your free million-dollar (or at least multi-dozen-dollar) idea o’ the day: I need a way for my wife to assign me a task/reminder & geofence it.

For example, yesterday she sent me to the kids’ preschool with a tuition check in hand—which I promptly forgot to deposit. I wished she could have sent me a reminder that was associated with the school’s location. 30 seconds after arriving I could have gotten a notification. Then this morning she forgot her phone & asked me to bring it to work. I wanted to turn her text message into a reminder pegged to my current location: if I try to leave here, ask me about that phone.

I did a little poking & I see that the iOS Reminders app lets me geofence items (i.e. remind me either when I arrive somewhere or when I leave), but I can do this only if I have my phone handy. Via iCloud.com you can add people to reminders—but then you can’t (as far as I can see) make those location-specific.

So, who’s gonna code up not “Find My Friends,” but “Remind My Friends”? (This seems like a great addition to the fun couples’ app Avocado.) C’mon, it’ll be fun to get Sherlocked at WWDC, won’t it? ;->

Posted by John Nack at 5:33 PM on February 07, 2013


  • Ben Hansen — 6:53 PM on February 07, 2013

    can’t you already do that by sharing an iCloud calendar?

  • Nicolas — 9:30 PM on February 07, 2013

    Sadly, no app will fix a terrible husband :P

  • Biz — 4:51 AM on February 08, 2013

    Ditch the iPhone and get an Android. Tasker can do all of that and more.

  • Herman van Boeijen — 5:25 AM on February 08, 2013

    Ask these guys if they’ll implement sharing for ya :)


  • Nat Brown — 7:18 AM on February 08, 2013

    It only gets worse with age. Your app will tell you to deposit the check but you will have forgotten which pocket you put it in. After searching all your pockets, you will decide you left it at home. After getting home, you will find it under the visor where you put it so you would not forget it.

  • Rod Wynne-Powell — 11:30 AM on February 08, 2013

    John, I have another one – I completely screwed up the taking of prescriptions antibiotics and painkillers recently. When you have raging toothache, concentration becomes a serious setback.

    How about an App called ‘Take my Medicine’.

    You enter a start time and which pills at which intervals and hopefully an estimate of end time – why this proviso?

    Well, you often need to eat something prior, and with the best will in the world sometimes you just cannot comply immediately, and the last reminder is that you can possibly sip some wine or beer again at the end!

  • John Dowdell — 3:29 PM on February 08, 2013

    Non-device, but strong visualization helps… a mountain lion roaming around the school, a giant phone lurking outside the door when you leave… make it vivid, visceral and multimedia enough so your brain will ping you when you actually near it.

  • Richard Earney — 12:19 AM on February 09, 2013

    In Reminders you can create shared reminders.
    So your wife could share a list with you and add items to it.

    Reminders being available on iOS 6, ML and iCloud.com

    [Yes, but on iCloud you can invite but can’t specify location, and on iOS you can specify location but can’t invite. #SadTrombone –J.]

    • Ben Hansen — 8:04 AM on February 09, 2013

      i thought so!

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