The weather is easy to come by these days, what with mobile apps and desktop widgets and the windows in your wall and all that. But sometimes that dry meteorological data can be deceiving. Weddar tells you how it feels outside.
What is it?
Weddar, free, iPhone. It’s crowdsourced weather, basically; instead of checking what the temperature is, you scan the map for reports from iPhone-wielding weather “reporters” nearby. They’ll have selected one of nine options, ranging from “perfect” or “great” to “freezing” or “hell.” Don’t go outside if it feels like hell! You can make your own report too, which gets stamped at your location on other users’ maps. There are other social thingies, too, like a reporter leaderboard and the ability to add reliable reporters to a friend list.
Who’s it good for?
People who check the weather but still don’t find themselves dressing appropriately; people who want to broadcast their own weather reporting to the world.
Why’s it better than alternatives?
Sure, your regular weather app says it’s 20C outside, but if the wind’s blowing like crazy you’re gonna regret not wearing a jacket. (LAYERS, duh, come on.) Weddar would presumably give you a heads up on the gusts. Or any other discrepancy between the empirical weather and the real life what’s-it-like-outside weather. The app’s also nicely designed and the UI for reporting the weather is simple and attractive. So that’s good!
How could it be even better?
Well, the crowd source weather you kinda need a crowd to source from, and even in New York City there were only a handful of reporters out there today. (It’s nice out!) So your small town mileage may vary. And then of course there’s the matter of subjectivity – a day I find “warm” you may not, et cetera, et cetera.
Weddar for iPhone [iTunes]
Video music: Kevin MacLeod