i-Pick­ling app

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Choos­ing a sum­mer tip­ple has be­come eas­ier with the in­ven­tion of a new iPhone ap­pli­ca­tion de­signed by Welling­to­ni­ans John O’Reilly, Kim Lums­den and Greg Hard­ing.

The ap­pli­ca­tion, called What Cock­tail? rec­om­mends cock­tails based on the time of day, the sea­son and a drinker’s mood.

Mr Lums­den said users just needed to se­lect their mood – from six op­tions – and shake their iPhone, and a cock­tail choice would ap­pear on screen.

‘‘ It’s re­ally sim­ple. All the clas­sics are there and you can flip the phone to show the bar­tender or to find out more about the drink,’’ he said.

Mr Lums­den would not say how many cock­tail choices were avail­able, ‘‘ but it should keep you busy for a cou­ple of weeks’’.

In a bid to be so­cially re­spon­si­ble, the team also made sure the ap­pli­ca­tion could rec­om­mend wa­ter and cof­fee. ‘‘ So, if it’s re­ally late at night wa­ter will pop up fre­quently,’’ said Mr Lums­den.

Mr Lums­den is in­ter­ested in cock­tails and said friends of­ten asked him to rec­om­mend drinks. With that in mind he ap­proached Mr O’Reilly and Mr Hard­ing about cre­at­ing What Cock­tail?

All three work for in­ter­ac­tive de­sign com­pany Flight­less and have a back­ground in web de­sign.

‘‘ We did do our re­search,’’ said Mr O’Reilly. ‘‘ There was a solid day of try­ing cock­tails, though I did have to stay sober to take notes.

‘‘ And there was a con­certed ef­fort to pro­duce ev­ery­thing our­selves, even the graph­ics. We didn’t want to use stock footage.

‘‘We have ac­cess to a global mar­ket and com­pe­ti­tion is tough, so we wanted qual­ity de­sign, which meant do­ing it our­selves.’’

What Cock­tail? is the top-sell­ing ap­pli­ca­tion in the life­style sec­tion of the New Zealand iTunes store, dis­plac­ing Jamie Oliver’s and Gor­don Ramsay’s meal sug­ges­tions.

Mr Lums­den said the $2.59 ap­pli­ca­tion was also gain­ing in­ter­est in Canada and the Nether­lands.

‘‘It fea­tured on the blog Beau­ti­ful Pix­els.

‘‘They found it some­how and gushed about it, and sud­denly we were watch­ing the num­ber of down­loads spike.’’

Cheers: From the front, John O’Reilly, Greg Hard­ing and Kim Lums­den show off their iPhone ap­pli­ca­tion, which rec­om­mends cock­tails.

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