Lojack app idea.

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by The General, Oct 4, 2008.

  1. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    Okay so my girlfriend's iPhone got stolen and I had this idea for an app. I am not a developer, but it seems that all of this is totally possible - how difficult? I don't know. It would be a MobileSubstrate extension so it doesn't kill your battery. Basically you can send SMS commands to your phone, with a coded instruction to do certain things like record audio, take pictures, and gather GPS information and email it to whatever email address you want.

    Set a password like 12345

    Then the basic syntax could be something like:

    [password] [services] [flags] [response method:address]

    Then you could send something like this to your phone incase you lost it or if it got stolen:

    12345 GPS mailto:thegeneral@mac.com

    And it would see the text message, auto delete it so the thief doesn't see the text message, gather GPS coordinates and then email them to the email address. Or you could do:

    12345 GPS txt:6618675309

    And it could text back a Google Maps link to you.

    Or you could do:

    12345 trackGPS time=120 txt:6618675309

    And it will send you txt updates every 2 minutes with a Google Maps link.

    The password could be whatever you want, the service could be audio, photo, GPS and trackGPS. The response method could be email or txt.

    Would anyone be interested in developing this? Oh god it would be awesome.
  2. TheConfuzed1 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2003
    Lojack for computers exists already, so I don't see why not.

    With improvements from GPS, it can only get better, right?

    However, it would never go down like that. Police don't usually like to see civilians chasing down bad guys. ;)

    The way Lojack works is that the police are the ones with the tracking system, and they are the ones going after the stolen goods.
  3. The General thread starter macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    Whatever, I'll find the guy and rough him up and take my ***** phone back.
  4. TheConfuzed1 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2003
    I'm not saying it can't be done. Just don't expect it to ever be a commercial product. ;)
  5. The General thread starter macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    Meh, I'd prefer it be open source. :D It obviously would have to be a jailbreak app anyway.

    It would be the most epic jailbreak app ever. :D
  6. TheConfuzed1 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2003
    For the record, I am a sales manager at a car dealership. Among other things, one of the products we sell is Lojack. :D

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