iPhone App Idea Feasability

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by highscheme, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. highscheme macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2009
    I have an idea for an iPhone application and I want your programmer opinions on how easy this type of app would be to create.

    This isn't the exact idea but a metaphor for the real idea.

    Idea: Plant Life in New York

    Users see an oak tree in New York. They take a picture using their phone and it uses the GPS to identify the location of the actual plant. This is now added to the database. Other users will be able to see where this oak tree is located on the map. They can also search for the nearest oak tree to their current location, oak trees in a given area, etc.

    There is also a website where users can view the information and search for where any given type of plant etc. You can do all this from the iPhone application as well.

    The content will be mostly user generated with some being supplied from the start to get it going.

    Thoughts on how easy or difficult it is to implement something like this?

  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    For a beginner hard. For an experienced developer who has database knowledge, server programming knowledge, web programming knowledge and iPhone programming knowledge then it's feasible.
  3. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    What happens when someone geo-tags a tree they think is an oak when in fact it's a, say, larch tree?
  4. highscheme thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2009
    Very good observation. This is actually one of the biggest questions I have about the success.

    Again, the entire "tree" idea is just an analogy for the real business idea. In fact, it will be something a lot more identifiable to the user than various types of plants.

    However, this user error is one of the biggest drawbacks I see to my concept. But isn't this the problem with any user generated content? Not to mention as more users accumulate the data would seem to gravitate towards accuracy.

    I might need to look into ways in which other user generated systems check and balance information.

    Any suggestions?
  5. ethical macrumors 68000

    Dec 22, 2007
    You could make a way for users to edit the information. What happens when a user posts incorrect info on Wikipedia? Someone else corrects it.
  6. highscheme thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2009
    right, but what I mean is the specifics

    There will definitely be a way for users to adjust or update information because new "plants" will be popping up, replaced by other plants, or removed completely.

    I just think one of the areas where I will have to focus on is how to have the most accurate, up-to-date but primarily user generated data.
  7. StevenHu macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2009
    Southern CA
    From my vantage point, it would take several years to develop such an app as I learn my way. So you are looking for an experienced developer who may charge you far more than you'll ever get back. $10-20,000?

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