Track That Thing
20 Nov 2011
Track That Thing is the first Android application I’ve developed. It allows you to easily record and share your location in real-time. It’s available for free on Google Play. The source code for the Android app and Django backend is on GitHub.
How TTT Was Born
When I was interviewing around the country for my first engineering job in late 2010 I wanted to share my location in real-time with my wife back in California so that she could kind of “come along for the ride” and help decide which place would be the best fit for us. After some searching in the Android Market I began to notice that all of the real-time location sharing apps were pretty much disgusting or weren’t free. I had been looking for an interesting idea to get my feet wet in Android development, so I decided to write one myself. (I have since discovered glympse, which is a very awesome app that does exactly what I originally wanted. However, I’m glad I didn’t find it because I never would have made TrackThatThing. Also, I think TrackThatThing is simpler to use than glympse.)
The mobile app:
And the web interface:
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