My wife gave me a very early birthday present last night (she couldn't wait until June). I got an iPod touch! I've only had it for a day and I already love it. It was actually strange timing that right after I was given my new iPod touch I received an email from Champ Bennett regarding VegOut, a new application he wrote for the iPhone and iPod touch. Here is the press release from the email he sent me:
Brooklyn, NY - Feb 20, 2009 -- Brooklyn musician and freelance software developer, Champ Bennett, has partnered with HappyCow.net to bring the largest source of vegan/vegetarian restaurant listings to the iPhone. The idea came to him after having the hardest time finding a good place to eat while touring in Europe in mid-2008. Upon returning back to the States, he promptly got in touch with HappyCow to see if they would be interested in a partnership. HappyCow agreed and development started.
Upon completion of the app, Bennett wrote to Steve Jobs (CEO of Apple, Inc. and well-known vegan) to inform him of the application. "I couldn't think of a better candidate to beta test the app", Bennett said. "I wrote to him, and days later he actually wrote back asking when he could try it out! I responded asking for his UUID so I could build him a beta application that he could run on his iPhone. The next day he announced his hiatus from Apple and I never heard back again. Oh, well."
As of today, version 1.1 of the app is on Apple's AppStore. The functionality is simple: it finds vegetarian restaurants near your location or a custom location; however, there are plans in the future to extend the functionality to include vegetarian and vegan recipes (Bennett's wife is a graduate of the Chef's Training program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts and works at the popular Manhattan raw-food restaurant, Pure Food and Wine).
Champ even provided me with a promo code to download the app for free. I've successfully downloaded the app and transferred it to my iPod touch. I'm going to play around with it.
Stay tuned because an evaluation of VegOut is forthcoming.