Friday, September 28, 2012
Near Real-time Surfing Media
SwellPhone is an interesting attempt to use photos submitted to Instagram, videos on YouTube and Google Maps to provide real-time updates at surfing locations around the world.
The application aggregates photographs and videos taken around surf spots worldwide. Users can select a country, region and beach from drop-down menus and then view the location on a Google Map and see recently submitted photos and videos.
Each of the videos and photos include a time heading saying how long ago they were submitted to Instagram or YouTube. If users are lucky enough to find media submitted in the last few hours they effectively have access to an almost real-time report on the current surf conditions.