With over 225,000 applications available on the iTunes App Store, there is no shortage of apps that can do just about anything. Many of these pack in the features and over time, become more and more complex.
Enter Tapbots, a team of two guys who became interested in developing easy to use, focused and fun applications for the iPhone. Right now, Tapbots offers three unique apps (or robots, as they like to call them). Here’s a quick look at their fun and friendly robot family.
Weightbot ($1.99) is a simple and fun way to track your weight over time. In the words of the developers themselves, “Weightbot takes something as boring as data entry, and makes it fun with beautiful graphics, animation, and sound. Adding your daily weight will become a small moment you’ll look forward to.”
It sports a really clean and simple user interface and asks you only to enter your weight daily – no complicated charts, measurements, times, meal logs, etc. Weightbot plots your data on a gorgeous graph so you can see how you are doing.
Don’t let the simple design of this app fool you – it has a lot of great features to keep you interested. Weightbot allows you to set goals for yourself, monitor your BMI (Body Mass Index) and even see an estimated date of when you will reach your target weight. Just rotate your device to see customizable charts that show your progress the way you want to see it.
The app will even back up your data to Tapbots’ 128-bit SSL secured servers and allow you to retrieve your data online.
Impressively, Weightbot can even talk to the Wi-Fi Withings scale, allowing automatic recording of your weight every time you step on the scale!
We’ve all been there – “How many feet are in a mile?”, “Wait, so if it’s a dollar here, how much is it in Euros?”. Convertbot ($1.99) is a simple and “amazingly smart” unit conversion tool. Sporting over 500 units in over twenty categories, Convertbot can convert time, currency, length, data rate, fuel, power, pressure and many more. (It can even convert radioactivity, which is pretty cool).
Taking this a step further, Convertbot works with mixed units, such as pounds + ounces, minutes + seconds, etc. Convertbot takes money in stride, able to convert over 150 currency types instantly with the current conversion rates updated automatically.
Convertbot also includes a calculator to perform basic calculations in style, with an adjustable number of decimal places.
The newest member of the robot family, Pastebot ($2.99) is a powerful clipboard manager changing the way you copy and paste. Just copy anything from your iPhone using the native copy/paste controls, run Pastebot and your clippings will automatically be imported for you. You can even create clippings and import photos right from within the application.
It’s not just about the content you have in Pastebot, it’s how you manage and edit it. Easily search for exactly what you are looking for using the built-in search tool and edit your clippings right from within the app.
With over 14 filters, you can perform more complex tasks such as “find and replace” as well as HTML tag insertion, image cropping, color changes, and new ones coming with every release. Whatever you do, you can quickly copy your items back to the iPhone with one tap. Alternatively, you can send clippings via email or save images back to your photo library.
This is where it gets really cool. Pastebot includes a Mac companion application, called Pastebot Sync. This tool allows you to copy text and images from your Mac and paste them on your iPhone. With only a Wi-Fi connection, you can “magically” send clips back and forth from your Mac and iPhone or iPod touch.
The Robot Family
Tapbots has done an excellent job creating focused applications that reinvent a simple task and make it fun to do. Whether it’s monitoring your weight, doing some math or copying text, there’s a robot ready to help you!
Tapbots promises more apps to add to the family and have been teasing users about an upcoming Twitter bot. The developers also are looking to the future and have plans to support multitasking and possibly iPad-specific versions of their apps as well.
Do you use any of these friendly robots? Be sure to let us know in the comments!