I’ve always been fascinated with geo technologies and location based services. When I worked for Yahoo!, I was always bugging Tom Coates and Gary Gale about all things geo – including the sadly ahead of its time FireEagle web service.
Anyway, for the last two years I’ve been tinkering off and on with an idea of my own – geohooks. They’re webhooks that are triggered based on the location of you, another person, or a combination of multiple people.
I’m really happy to announce that https://geohooks.io is now available for people to beta test. You can sign-up for free here: https://app.geohooks.io/beta.php You’ll also need our iPhone app. You can get in on the test flight magic by @’ing me here or on Twitter or by email.
So what can GeoHooks do? Well…
- Call a webhook when you enter or leave a specific geofenced area
- Send an SMS to your spouse when you leave work and you’re on your way home
- Send an SMS to your spouse when you leave work that also inculdes Google’s traffic estimate
- Turn off the lights in your smarthome when both of you leave the house
- Keep track of how long you’re at work each day
- View a live map of where all of your account members currently are
- Trigger any service on IFTTT
- Securely share your current location to 3rd party web services with a level of accuracy you control (pour one out for FireEagle)
And much, much more.
Anythign you can trigger with a URL, you can now control with your location. GeoHooks is location-based webhooks for hackers, with a focus on privacy.
I’d love your feedback.