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Capsule Schedules Reminders to Your Friends

8.5 Total Score
Too Simple Not to Like

Name: Capsule Website: http://buildacapsule.com Released or Updated: April 23rd 2015 Platform: iOS Device: iPhone

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Picture this: you’re hosting a barbecue for Labor Day and you’re trying to organize who is going to bring everything. You have friends that are always on time and always remember to bring the ice or bring the buns, and then you have your other friends. The ones that need 6 alarms to wake up and need you to send them the address to the restaurant because you know they won’t look it up themselves. What is the easiest way to remind these people without forgetting to send that text yourself? Capsule.

With Capsule, scheduling text messages is easy so you can send that text when it’s on your mind, but it won’t be delivered until they need to see it. Every reminder comes through text from the same phone number so all of your reminders from Capsule are in the same place. I started Capsule about 6 months ago as a way to send reminders to other people’s phones or even a better way to remind yourself. I wanted to be able to be at my desk at work at noon, and send a reminder to my girlfriend to take the chicken out of the freezer when she got home at 5, because if I sent that text at noon, she would forget by 5.

Capsule is a free app available in the iTunes store and has most recently been updated in April of 2015. I wanted to create something so simple that it was just as easy as texting, which is why the design is so clean and simple. The idea is that you’re literally just sending a text and then choosing a time. No alarms, no check marks or to do lists, and no little red numbers next to your Reminders app.

Most apps that center around productivity like this aim to take a task that people are used to doing, in this case, reminding someone of something, and then remove a step. Whereas normally I would have to remind myself to text someone at a specific time, now I can schedule that text when it is on my mind and it will go straight to their phone as opposed to reminding me first.

Ultimately the goal will to be making the app available not only to Android users in the US and Canada, but also to countries all over the world. A majority of apps that focus on SMS scheduling come up short in several areas. I noticed with most text scheduling apps, users are required to buy credits so that they can send a text, which is odd considering no one wants to pay any more than they already do to text. I also wanted the design to be ultra-simple so that I didn’t have to explain how to use it to someone every time I showed them. And lastly, many other delayed texts apps simply set an alarm for your own phone, reminding you to press send on previously drafted texts. This is fine, unless of course your phone is dead, or you don’t have service, or you’re asleep, or any number of reasons why it defeats the purpose to be required to push Send after scheduling the text.

Needless to say as the creator I would recommend this app, even if it wasn’t available in the app store I would continue to use it every day myself as it genuinely takes a step out of reminding people and effectively communicating.

A Phoenix, Arizona native, Sean Wendt writes and explores all things entrepreneurship. His own app, a free text scheduler for iPhone, can be found at http://downloadcapsule.com. With most of his time spent working on side projects and listening to sports talk radio, he's always on the lookout for upcoming apps and technology.

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