Thom Nichols


Technology is evolution outside the gene pool

Marco Polo - now with more HTML5!

Note: Marco Polo has been sold to Libera Inc. and I will no longer be developing the Marco Polo app.  I'm very excited to see what they will do with it! (2 May 2013.)

Original post (29 Oct 2011) follows:

Now that Marco Polo for Android has been out for a while, I got bored and decided to do the same except as a Facebook app.  Meet Marco Polo for Facebook

Of course, it doesn't have some of the cooler features like the compass, but it was still fun to play with the Facebook Javascript API and Google Maps JS API.  The neat thing about this is, because it's using all Javascript APIs (thanks, JSONP) the app is completely client-side - the app server never makes any Facebook queries, meaning all of your data stays on your device!

The app uses some neat features like HTML5 geo-location and localStorage, to remember your last location.  Plus, the app is mobile compatible!  So it will even work on iPhone or (hopefully) BB6 - any webkit browser.