Today’s daily brief covers how ClothesHorse will change your online shopping, a new waiting list app for restaurants, Airbnb’s incredible growth, a new to-do list app called Clear, an alternative to NYC’s High Line, and more. Read on!
1. How many times have you returned clothes bought online, or not bought something, because it didn’t fit right? ClothesHorse is on a mission to solve this problem. ClothesHorse has a widget that merchants add to their sites, and can determine (in 30 seconds, apparently) which of their items will fit the consumer. Shoppers build personal profiles, not based on measurements, but based on questions such as “What brand’s dress shirt fits you best?” ClothesHorse wants to be the Pandora for clothes. [TechCrunch]
2. Move over, High Line, the Low Line is here. Launched on Kickstarter today, the Low Line is an urban project to bring life to the former subway stop under Delancey Street. The designs for the Low Line look incredible. If you’ve ever been to the High Line, you’ll appreciate this project. [Fast Company] [Kickstarter]
3. Have you checked out Clear yet? My husband will be the first to tell you that I probably have about 10 different “to-do” list apps but I am really liking Clear right now. The UI is super simple, and super colorful (although, if you’re more the monotone type, there’s that too). Once you start using it, it feels very intuitive to create new items, lists, etc. The app has sold 350k downloads in just 9 days, and now have plans for iPad and Mac versions. [The Next Web]
4. NoshList, a waiting list for restaurants, is a really interesting technological addition to restaurant waiting times. Currently, the app allows restaurants to create a wait list, and notify guests when their table is ready (via text or phone). I wish more restaurants used this. What would be even more useful is a consumer-based app that then allowed you to see estimated wait times, in real-time. Their consumer app, Nosh, looks eerily similar to Foodspotting. I could be persuaded if Nosh & NoshList came together in a happy, two-way communicative marriage. [TechCrunch]
5. Ever been sitting in front of your computer and wonder, should I send this email? Well, now there’s a nifty flowchart to help you decide. Do you think you can keep to the 3 sentence rule? [FastCoDesign]
6. Airbnb has seen some tremendous growth in 4 short years. Not only have over 5 million nights been booked, but they have seen a 500% increase in bookings from January 2011 – January 2012. Check out their infographic for some other amazing stats. [Airbnb]
7. Thanks to Timehop, I rediscovered an amazing search app. One year ago, I tweeted about discovering @greplin and decided to re-visit it today. Greplin is a fantastic search engine that indexes your gmail, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Docs, and Facebook into one powerful search engine. They also have an iPhone app that is far superior to Apple’s native mail search (continue searching on server anyone?). I’ve been using CloudMagic of late to index and search, but I might start using it again. [Greplin]
8. Google Doodles you’ll never see. I love #9. [CS Monitor]
9. What happens when artists collaborate with civil engineers? Awesomeness. These photos are incredible. [FastCoDesign]
10. Movie character height chart: this has absolutely no relevance to anything, but its funny, especially because you’ll see names like Jerry Maguire, Chewbacca, and Gizmo. [Visual.ly]
That’s all from me today. Submissions and comments below please!