Marco Polo is a famous Italian merchant traveler, who was the first to provide a detailed record of his voyage, and experience in central Asia, and mainly China. Today, his name is most well known for the game in the pool where one person tries to find others in the pool while keeping their eyes closed, and only relying on yelling out “Marco”, and waiting for others to respond with “Polo”. It’s unknown how his name turned into a game, but now you can use that mechanic in the app of the same name, Marco Polo.
It’s quite an ingenious utility that is designed to help you find your misplaced your phone somewhere around the house. All you have to do is call out “Marco”, and your device will respond with “Polo” to help you track down its exact whereabouts. The app includes some valuable features as well including 30 unique voices to call back “Polo”, and the ability to customize the trigger word from “Marco”. Marco Polo also works in the background, so you can exit the app, but still be able to call to your device later in the day. You can also activate volume boost for the app for silent or low volume, and enable notifications to light up the screen to make it easier to find.
There’s no doubt that Marco Polo is a simple app, but it executes its utility extremely well, while working within Apple’s iOS limitations. The utility is limited as well, but there are quite a few potential use cases as long as you’re not robbed. The Marco Polo app can help you find your iPhone around the house, under a car seat, stuck in couch cushions, some other office at work, and similar situations. You could even set-up a game where someone hides your iPhone, and then you have to find it in the traditional Marco Polo fashion.
Marco Polo ($0.99, iPhone) has a very specific use case that is implemented as well as can be imagined to make for a potentially valuable utility that is worth picking up. It starts out as a gimmick, but it really is much more than that.