I’ve been on Path for quite some time now, and there is one feature I’ve been intrigued by since day one. There’s a “Go to Sleep” button that records how long it takes for you to press the “Awake” button, effectively recording how long you sleep on any given night. While Path is recording this time, it’s not possible to do anything else in the app. Could this concept apply to anything other than sleep? Yes, I think so.
One idea I particularly liked was applying this concept to driving. Here’s how it would work:
- I’m Heading Out. A button stating “I’m Heading Out” or “I’m Driving” is placed so that it’s as easily accessible as the “Go to Sleep” button. Press it.
- The Driving Page. A splash page appears with a graphic depicting a steering wheel and the open road. There will also be a timer on this page.
- Arrived. A button stating simply “Arrived” is located at the bottom of the splash page. Pressing this stops the timer and posts a message on your timeline.
- Rewards. What’s the incentive here? Maybe a reward system should be put in place à la Waze (another app I’m greatly enjoying). If nothing else, you’ll have the comfort of knowing that you’re driving safely, and your family and friends are aware of that fact.
Seeing as how Path is meant for connecting with your closest friends and family, the default sharing options should be that your drive time, route, and destination are posted openly on your Path timeline for them to see and respond to.