Back in August, we introduced you to the Hot Beacon. It was a mobile web app that offered a few nameless Foursquare venues matching your search query, then guided you there blindly using your phone’s compass.
Being a mobile web app, it wasn’t always the most reliable, especially when it came to giving directions via the compass. To fix that, it’s been turned into an iPhone app named Rover.
When you open the app, Rover presents a simple search box. Type in what you’re craving — be it sushi, Mexican, or whatever — and Rover will return a list of matching venues from Foursquare Explore. The results look a little different from the ones you’ll find in the Foursquare app, though, because their name isn’t shown; it’s just a photo, a tip and the category.
Choose one of those results and you’ll be taken to a compass and map to help you find your way. Simply follow the direction of the compass and let Rover guide you there.
If you don’t want to walk too far, you can narrow the results based on distance. The distances are measured in easy-to-understand terms like “real close” and “8 blocks,” so you know exactly what you’re getting.
Rover’s a great choice for those nights when you can’t decide where to eat. It takes the decision out of your hands and guides you to something it thinks you’ll like.
Rover is free in the iTunes app store. Give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments.