Rotzy is a photo sharing iPhone application developed by Gee-Hwan Chuang and Gee-Hsien Chuang that lets you take, upload, share, and discuss photos of life’s daily events and sightings with your iPhone. Gee gave a lightning demo of his iPhone application at a South Bay Tech Meetup.
The application allows you to take picture’s using your iPhone camera and then share and publish it to your rotzy gallery. It also allows you to broadcast photos to other sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. Gee described the gallery to be analogous to a twiter feed, with followers commenting on your pictures and initiating a long trail of conversation based on it. He mentioned that they had something else in mind regarding the direction of Rotzy, but it seemed to have taken the shape of a mini photo based social network with people spending a lot of their time commenting on the pictures.
Rotzy is a native iPhone Application available at the appstore. The back end for the application is written in Python using Google’s Appengine. They also faced some hurdles during the process of development for the AppEngine (See Gee’s Slide below). It was particularly fascinating to see their solution for working around the Location based search. App Engine’s BigTable implementation does not allow easy latitude/longitude based searches and inequality based filters. So, they finally ended up using Geohash based hack to map up their locations. The locations that were geographically closer seemed to have a longer matching prefix for the computed hash value.
Overall, it seemed liked a well designed application that could even tap the social graph using the API’s of social networks.(Facebook Connect on Iphone)
I have created this blog ‘SocialApp’ to track the growing innovation around social software. I have a degree in Computer Science and currently working at a successful Silicon Valley Company. I have a background ranging from embedded devices, networking equipment, desktop applications to web services.
I love to read about technology, science, business/finance and general world activities, etc and stay abreast. In the tech sector I am currently interested in playing/developing in technologies related to the Web and Mobile Devices. The topics in this blog will range from social-software development, social applications, web applications, mobile applications, user psychology, innovation etc and my experiences tinkering with them. I often go to local tech based Meetup’s and will also post about them.