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App Chat: using science to find the perfect drink for you




The Next Glass app.
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It's time for another edition of App Chat! The holiday season is upon us, so plenty of you will be traveling, and if the rain and storms continue across the country, plenty of you will need a drink when you're sitting around waiting for your flights. As it turns out, we've got some apps for all of that, this week.

1) MiFlight - tells you how long the wait is in security lines at airports around the world. It's dependent on users inputting the amount of time that they're waiting at different security lines, so for instance, when I checked LAX, it was only taking people 15 minutes to make it through the line in the international terminal. Armed with this information you could use the app to appropriately judge the amount of time it'll take you to get to your gate once you're at the airport.

2) Next Glass - recommends wine and beer, using science. If you're stuck in the airport and you need a drink, or you want to buy some alcohol in the duty free zone, this app'll help recommend something you might want to drink based on your drink preferences. The company has broken down and examined beer and wine from around the world, into their chemical basics. After you input the sort of drinks that you like, it can compare flavor profiles of two different drinks, and if one matches up with the other that it knows you prefer, it'll recommend the former. However, it told me I would LOVE two buck chuck based on the fact that I input a bunch of ciders. I can't remember liking it that much, but what do I know? This is science.

3) Weather Signal - a weather station in your pocket. It uses sensors in individual users' smartphones to gather data about the weather around them. For example, with some Samsung Galaxy phones it can read temperature, atmospheric pressure, light intensity, humidity and magnetic flux. You can then examine the map in the app to see the readings on different users phones across the country. It's not better than a standard weather app. It's less convenient. But it's really neat for the weather nerds out there.