Cork student launches loo-finding app

Cork student launches loo-finding app
Jeremias Paz with his Loogle Map app. Pic: Eddie O'Hare

A CORK Institute of Technology (CIT) student, whose app idea raised a great deal of attention at an Institute competition, is launching his prototype application this Friday.

The new app, called Loogle Maps, will be available on Android’s Google App store from Friday and aims to help people to find toilets close to them when they are in need of relief.

The inspiration for the app came when app creator Jeremias Pax was in New York with his girlfriend Elizabeth Murphy.

“We were waiting for a flight and we went into the city to look around. The airplane food had not gone down well and I needed a toilet, but I couldn’t find one.

“My girlfriend and I were joking about the idea of an app that could help you find one and then after a while it became a more serious idea.” Jeremias, who is originally from Brazil, but has been in Ireland nine years and Cork for four, pursued the idea and submitted it to be judged in the CIT APPrentice competition in March.

Although he did not win the competition, Jeremias said he received a lot of positive feedback which fed his determination to see the app become a reality.

Jeremias pitched his idea to a number of companies, without success.

However, eventually, he managed to get a company to agree to his terms and conditions and they are launching a simplified version of the app this Friday.

Robson Felicio has been working on the user interface design and graphics and is looking after all the Android and IOS development.

“I wanted to release a very basic version first. This just has the option to add or select a toilet, with a few basic descriptions, such as address and a link to Google maps where you can get directions.

“I will be working on a more elaborate version after I launch the Apple edition in a few weeks.

“The final version will include details about the facilities available such as wheelchair accessible or child changing facilities.” The app development is being paid by Jeremias who hopes to make money from the app by Google advertising that will be displayed on a banner across the bottom.

The initial cost of design and development came in at €1,000 and the estimated cost surrounding the proposed final product is coming in at €8,000.

“I don’t want to get rich from this, I just want to make enough to create an app that is useful and helpful to families, wheelchair users and the general public.”

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