Roamer tells you about your surroundings as you travel
Audio and video content is auto (GPS) or touch-activated like driving directions
Safe for driving, biking, walking, plays well with other apps, content is preloaded if route is known
Roamer tells the story of where you are. As you walk, bike, or drive through the real world your experience is enriched with easy to digest audio and video (music, stories, podcasts, public service announcements, weather, helpful information).
How will your solution benefit residents, workers, or visitors in the Michigan Central Station impact area? (1,000 characters)
Everyone. Have you ever seen something out the window or walking down the street and wondered "what's the story behind that ________?" Roamer answers that question.
The Roamer platform can be used as a standalone app or as a layer on existing mapping, audio apps or websites. For example a person walks up to Michigan Central Station and we geo-trigger the history and interesting facts about the place, voiced by Alice Cooper.
Describe your solution's stage of development
Prototype - you have built a prototype and tested it with potential users
Insights from previous testing (500 characters)
It is the best way to learn about a place. You can look, see, smell, and experience the reality of a location and receive current, relevant, interesting stories or helpful information through local voices.
Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)
Pete Culley - Developer + Tyler Stuart - Founder
10+ years working together building useful applications with millions of users
Core team on CleanPrint, deployed on over 6,500 websites: CNN, ESPN, NBC, WSJ, Expedia, and Fox
Cofounders of HANDLL - Instagram & Twitter display for websites and apps - uptime 99.997% over billions of user engagements
Advisors built MapMyFitness (Chris Glode) and ran Mapquest (Luke Beatty)
Size of your team or organization
Team or Organization URL
Are you submitting as a student team?
Are you submitting as a team from the Impact Area?
Rough Budget (500 characters)
Populate the Roamer.fm platform with locally-relevant content - "put content on the map" - $50K
Make Roamer content available across existing local apps, maps, websites - $25K
Let people know their city has bean "Roamer Enabled" and they can enjoy the ride - $25K
Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)
We gather local content (public info, history, sports, stories, events) in text, audio and video and "put it on the map", or app, for easy access. For example the history of Michigan Central Station read by Alice Cooper would be placed on the platform with lat/long and a geofence around where we would trigger that content. For the pilot we can do a defined area of the city and put 1000 points of interest on the map for listeners to enjoy and learn from. We have already built the platform, will need to focus on the area you want covered and put the content on the map.
Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)
If people used it, found it helpful, and told their friends about Roamer this is a win. Let's say more than half of first-time users give it a thumbs up that would be a nice start.
Sustainability Plan (500 characters)
Absolutely. What goes on the map stays on the map unless it is not adding value for listeners. We see a world where whatever you're looking at can be augmented with easily-digested information without lifting a finger.