egzthunder1 · Jul 24, 2014 at 06:30 pm

Draw a Line and Let Your Device Do the Rest with LineitApp

Over the years, since even before Android entered the scene, we have striven to have our devices do as much as they can with as little interaction from us as humanly possible (aka the lazy effect). Lets face it, we carry these devices around because we are in constant need of being connected with others, forgetful, and always in a rush. What happens when you combine all of the aforementioned in a single daily routine? You tend to forget to do things–or worse, you remember that you need to do something while you are doing something else (i.e. texting while driving). What if we told you that there is an automation app that can allow you to set things/tasks to do on your device and forget about it? If you are thinking about Tasker, the answer is “No, it is not Tasker but something simpler.” Tasker, as good an automation tool as it is, can be overwhelmingly complex to use (depending, of course on the kind of activities that you need it to do). Because of this, there is a simpler solution that will give you just as good of a solution as the aforementioned one and it was created by XDA Forum Member LineItApp.

LineitApp is an app like no other in terms of functionality and ease of use. The app makes use of wireless communications such as WiFi, AGPS, and GPS, essentially to pinpoint your location on a map.  The map is interactive and you have to decide where you need your actions to take place by drawing a line on the map. Once you are on the move and you cross the line that you made on the map, the GPS/WiFi/etc will determine that you have gotten past that specific coordinate and it will trigger the action that you associated with it.

For instance, LineitApp can set you up to get the device to automatically send a text message to your friend Joe, letting him know that you are on your way. You can instruct the device to send that text when you have gotten a block away from your house by drawing a line on the map exactly on the intersection following the one from your house. Once you cross that, the device sends the text you specified. If you thought that was cool, then the overly controlling parents in the crowd will start drooling over the “Send a line to anyone” feature. This basically will set the same functionality as you have on your device but on anyone else’s device. Once the person crosses the designated line, the action will trigger. For instance, you can instruct the other device to let you know when a person is getting home by setting a line on the path you know he/she takes to come home. Nifty feature.

The app is still in development but the dev seems to be adding more features as we speak (with the latest being an automated garage opener). Please drop by the thread and provide your feedback regarding the app as it will be really interesting to see what the limits for LineitApp are, or even if it has limits at all (as far as potential is concerned). You can find more information in the original LineitApp thread.


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egzthunder1

egzthunder1 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. I have been an active member of xda-developers since 2005 and have gone through various roles in my time here. I am Former Portal Administrator, and currently part of the administrator team while maintaining my writer status for the portal. In real life, I am a Chemical Engineer turned Realtor in the Miami area.
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