The newly minted ‘Home Elephant’ application is the start to an ongoing conversation with your neighborhood.
Any crowded city or neighborhood can carry with it a paradoxical sense of isolation for its denizens. The ‘Elephant Home’ app for the iPhone is an attempt to start a dialogue between neighbors that may otherwise go unspoken. Using the geo-location capabilities of the device, the app creates hyper-local chat rooms for posting messages that only your neighbors can read. Seen something suspicious in the neighborhood? Send out an alert to validate your paranoia.
As described by The Next Web:
On the map, your neighborhood is defined in blue and other neighbors are red. Powell has talked to everyone from Homeland Security to Crimestoppers about importing data. You can currently import sex offender alerts and choose to overlay sex offenders onto your neighborhood map. Home Elephant’s alert section will ping all people on the network if there’s a down tree, a lost pet, a gas leak, a recent string of break ins or any general crime in the area. In fact, Home Elephant reports that they’ve found their first lost pet.
Though the company officially launched 3 weeks ago on Facebook, it has just been approved by Apple. Over that short span, Home Elephant has been set up in 20 countries and 1,039 neighborhoods including locations in Namibia, Botswana, Panama, Spain, Brazil, Australia, India and Japan.