Most Android apps are designed to keep you busy, to distract and take you out of the real world. But just because you're browsing through Reddit or double-tapping on Instagram photos doesn't make the rest of the world disappear.
Our friends at Nodle have developed a really interesting new app for those in the San Francisco Bay Area to connect to one another using just the Bluetooth radios in their Android phones. The app itself, called Noodle! Coins, connects Android phones together in what Nodle calls "The Citizen Network." From the company's launch blog post:
To spur downloads, Nodle is donating $1 to the SF-Marin Food Bank for each Noodle! Coins install. The Citizen Network can only work when there's a critical mass of people building up a community of shared data, and using the app helps keep people fed and build this awesome project.
Using Bluetooth LE, hardware data is shared anonymously to Nodle's cloud, which then forms a link to help the network keep track of specific items. It's not dissimilar to what you'd see from companies like Tile, only instead of dedicated hardware, Nodle is using the thing you always have with you — your phone. In fact, Nodle powers the network of Tile's competitor, Trackr.
It's easy to sign up, so if you're in the San Francisco area, give it a go and help Nodle donate money to the SF-Marin Food Bank before the year is up.
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Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central.