At the beginning of January 2010, an application called Poynt was being demoed at CES. The app, which debuted on Blackberry, is a location-based application.
The app allows users to locally search for people, businesses, movies, and restaurants based on your location (GPS). When users locate a person, business, movie, or restaurant, they can move the iPhone to their face, as in making a phone call, and the app launches into a call automatically!
Poynt on the iPhone also makes use of the iPhone accelerometer. How this works is when iPhone users turn their device to landscape, the app launches Maps with included pins showing what the user was searching for. For example, if you are looking for a restaurant, when you see the list of restaurants, turn the iPhone sideways and voila! To go back to the list, bring the iPhone back into portrait orientation.
But it gets even better!
The app makes use of Augmented Reality when in the aforementioned Map view. While this is an iPhone 3GS-only feature, I’m really glad they included this, as looking at a map is one thing, but looking through your camera to find a location is something completely different (and awesome!). You could say the app is a lot like Urban Spoon, but I find that Poynt flows much better.
Well, it is a little late, but Poynt is finally available in the App Store for free! Check it out and let us know what you think.