App of the Week

Tufts Daily’s New Media is taking up the task to inform the Tufts campus of useful, new, and ingenious apps that will help through daily life (pun intended).

First up to bat is LeftoverSwap!

Apparently during one of those boring nights, two college guys ordered too much pizza and didn’t know where to throw it away and came up with an app that would let you trade left over food with strangers.

Voilà, now we got a brand new app called “LeftoverSwap”. Screen Shot 2013-10-04 at 11.49.10 AM

At first glance, this app can be considered as completely useless as a “stapler” or a “fan” app, which contain functions of literally stapling and fanning. It feels like “Yelp” hooked up with some random app that gave birth to this degraded version of itself. Nobody wants to look at pictures of disgusting, unattractive pieces of food, part of which has already been digested.

A second glance still wouldn’t give this app any meaning or usefulness. People looking at all of its functions in an attempt to absorb some significance out of it would still project their confused facial expressions, aka WTF face. Maybe the only thing this app is useful for is to improve your geographic knowledge of the location you’re in through its detailed map. Taking a picture of some crappy food, posting it on to a map, and then waiting for some random person to show up and exchange food with you. This sounds brilliant only when you’re extremely bored.

However, this app is not all in all disastrous. It can potentially aid many disadvantaged people, such as homeless or poor, to obtain more adequate nutrition and healthcare. It would be a form of online charity. Yet the nature of the application itself would pose lots of difficulties for these individuals. If they can’t even afford a home, how do we expect them to afford a phone to look up for food?

According to the creators, this app is designed to reduce food waste and thus decrease the extent of deforestation, obesity, and hunger. Digging deep into the app’s meaning, we can actually see some potential there. But right now the scale at which “LeftoverSwap” is able to solve these issues is very minimal and trivial. Users can begin swapping food within their neighborhood as a start. How can we expand this to a larger project? What do you think?


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