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This article was published on January 13, 2011

Location-aware task reminders, via your iPhone

Location-aware task reminders, via your iPhone
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Brodie Beta is a technology enthusiast with a passion for gadgets, media and anything related to the Web. She has worked in communications Brodie Beta is a technology enthusiast with a passion for gadgets, media and anything related to the Web. She has worked in communications and media for the past nine years. Follow her on twitter here .

A new iPhone app called Task Ave, adds a location-based twist to the standard task list app by sending you an alert when you’re nearby one of your errands.

If you’ve ever uttered the words “damn, I should have grabbed that when I was in the area” this app is for you. It’s a simple app that ties each task to a location, and when you’re nearby, it will send an alert to the device reminding you. The user-interface is elegant and easy to use. It offers a map and a task list where multiple errands can be added to a single location. There are also a few options within the settings that enable users to tweak the proximity distances, a feature that adjusts the alert to be sent when the user is between 500 meters to 12 km away.

Task Ave Inc, (the creators of the app) is a Toronto-based startup that joined forces a few months ago during an event. However, the app itself isn’t limited to Canada. It will work anywhere in the world which makes it an ideal companion for traveling. After all, when you’re in a foreign place, the business of running errands can be quite a feat.

Born in 54 Hours

Earlier today, we spoke with Task Ave’s developer Tony Wallace and he told us that the company was born over one weekend this past September at Startup Weekend Toronto. It’s a community building three day event designed to bring together developers, marketers and designers. The goal is to form teams over the weekend to see if you can come up with a prototype in 54 hours.

Wallace, a fairly new developer told us that the development of Task Ave began as an exercise at the event, a project he gravitated towards after hearing the initial pitch. After he joined the small group of five, they worked on the development over the duration of weekend, ultimately winning first place at the event.

The developer tells us that Task Ave’s biggest asset is ease of use, and they’re carefully ensuring that future updates continue to drive simplicity.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to remember to grab a product while I was at the mall. Usually, I remember on the drive home. By using Task Ave, I can now add all of the items I need at the mall ahead of time, and it will send me location-aware reminders soon after arriving. Overall the concept is pretty sweet.

Task Ave is available at the app store for $2.99.

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