Going Out Guides

January 19, 2011

How many times have you gone to a local bar or café to meet up with friends only to find that the venue is packed and the line is out the door? With What Spot Now — a new service from spotlight mobile available via mobile website or as an iPhone app — you can take a live look inside the venue before you get there. 

This location viewing service allows users to watch live images of participating businesses on their smartphone, gauge how crowded they are and see what tables are available.

The trademarked “SpotCam” Wifi cameras transmit a real-time view of the venue to your smartphone to help you decide where you want to grab some food or a drink. For privacy reasons, the camera blurs out the faces of customers.

As an added bonus, the cameras also detect if business is slow in the venue and the app sends exclusive discounts directly to your mobile device.  To take full advantage of more discounts available at venues in your area, another new service Bartab allows Facebook users to claim $1.00 beverage vouchers with their mobile phones at participating locations.  .

If you’re looking for a new restaurant to try, Near+Now finds places based on users preferences, providing reviews and information regarding special events so users can quickly decide what spot to checkout next!

These new apps and services are sure to cause foodies and bargain hunters alike to rejoice.  Bon appetite!