Saturday, February 21, 2009

Vegan App for iPhone and iPod touch

First let me apologize for not blogging in quite a while. It's lame. I've been dealing with a lot in my life recently. Anyway, I want to get back to my blog. I really enjoy interacting with all of you.

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.

9 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

So nice to see you blogging again!!

Mark said...

There's also a 277 vegan recipes database (text) available for the iPod (I use it on mine).

Haven't looked into getting it onto the iTouch or iPhone, but I would think it's doable (don't remember if it was in vcard format or not, and my iPod is temporarily disabled).

Used to cost $5, if memory serves, and the developer no longer has his same website.

Here's a link to selectively download it:

http://www.download.com/Pocket-Vegan/3000-2072_4-52394.html

FYI, Mark

Katy said...

I've seen that app., so I'm really interested to hear your review of it!

vegetarianperspective said...
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Billy said...

Thanks, it's good to be back.

I think I'll write the review on my laptop rather than the touch :)

The Vegan SlaughterHouse said...

Hey! I love the blog and just added you to my blog roll- much love from Detroit!

Billy said...

Thanks for the compliment!

Edanator said...

How useful is this app for non-American coverage?

Is it possible for users to quickly add information? If not, I think it's not going to be sustainable. Even sites like Happy Cow are often outdated and far from complete, so for such an app to work, it needs to be easy to use, easy to add/change info and have lots of users.

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