Productivity, Smart Cities, Photo annotation
Tag a spot is a productivity app that allows to use the iPhone camera as a tool on the field to annotate, document, and organize photos in a structured way in order to facilitate communication of such visual information between users and integration of data into external databases and workflows.
This might be useful in a wide range of situations which might or might not require geo-localization.
For instance, a City Council might use tagged photos collected through iPhones by its personnel to identify equipment that requires repairing service or whatever maintainance work through a given route. These tagged photos might be merged using whichever proprietary software they might use* to generate digital reports for employees in order to perform the actual maintainance tasks.
As an option, Town citizens might be enforced to use the app to report about any issue that needs to be addressed related to a given spot (for instance a traffic light that doesn’t work or some similar problem). The user takes a shot, drags one or several colour tags over the photo, taps on each tap to add a description of the particular spot that needs to be highlighted and adds a text comment about the photo or the particular situation. Automatically, the app gathers the location where the photo was taken. Then the user might send an e-mail automatically generated by the app with this tagged photo as an attachment with all of the text description and location data if the user allowed the device to record it.
In Tag a Spot, photos are organized as ‘projects’ each one containing an unlimited number of shots (limited of course by disk capacity). After a photo has been taken the user can drag any number of tags as color dots which can be dragged freely over the photo to mark the areas in the photos that might require specific attention. A text description can be associated to each tag and a long text comment might be associated to each photo. If the user has geolocalization activated on the device, the position where the shot is taken is recorded as well automatically or it can be adjusted manually as well to fine-tune the precise location and scale on a map. Photos and data associated to a project can be sent from the iPhone while on-the-field or rather can be exported to a computer by connecting the iPhone to it.