Innovative Website Helps Locate Lost Phones
We've all felt the creeping dread of waking up without our precious cellphone. Is it under that pile of laundry? Maybe it's in a pocket on the jacket from last night? Did I leave it at a bar? The frantic search ensues, but by now, you're already late for work.
ICantFindMyPhone.com provides a solution to that common problem, by allowing users to call their phone from their computer. Simply input the numbers, and the site calls until you follow the trail of ringing to your lost device (or until voice mail picks up). The site is free, and works on all U.S. numbers.
Created by web designer David Dawson after a similar experience, the site has already achieved popularity after only about a week in operation.
"Two weeks ago, I couldn’t find my phone. I looked around for similar sites, but they were all filled with ads, and didn’t work that well, and I thought ‘I could do this better,'" Dawson told TechNewsDaily.com. "So I set a six hour time limit for myself, and I made it happen."
Running off the home server that also host's Dawson's website, ICantFindMyPhone.com uses a cloud computing service called Twilio to make the calls. Designed as a VOIP autodialer for small businesses, Twilio is not free, so Dawson has been operating his site at a loss so far.
Dawson is reluctant to add advertising to the site, but with plans to expand service to international calling as well, the introduction of some pay scheme is inevitable.