GeoHot enters the app development biz with ‘Reactions’

By , Jan 27, 2013

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It seems like everyone is getting into the business of developing iOS apps these days. First there was pod2g, and his digital music-mixer podDJ. And now it appears that ex-iOS hacker GeoHot is following suit.

GeoHot’s app, as noted by MuscleNerd, is called Reactions. It’s a camera app with a twist—it takes pictures with your iPhone’s front and rear cameras to capture your ‘reaction’ to the situation in your photo…

There’s not much to it. Just aim your iPhone at your subject and take the picture. The app will display the photo from your rear camera prominently, with the photo from your front camera in a FaceTime-like window.

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Interestingly enough, there’s no way to save your pictures. Once a photo has been captured, you have 3 seconds to tap the unlabeled cancel button before it gets uploaded to Facebook. Sharing seems to be a big focus here.

“At Reactions, we offer you no way to save your pictures. If you want to save them, you have to share them. After a reaction is captured, you have 3 seconds to hit the unlabeled cancel button, or else your photo is automatically shared with all your Facebook friends.”

There may be more to it, but that’s about all I could gather from the Reactions website. It looks like there’s a few developers working with GeoHot on the project, and the app has been submitted to Apple and is pending approval.

Since his iOS jailbreaking days, GeoHot has bounced around a lot. First there was the PS3 hack and the subsequent Sony lawsuit, then he popped up at Facebook. Reaction is a neat idea, and we wish him luck on the new endeavor.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=689913396 Ohad Hershkovitz

    too tyranical. what’s wrong with letting users have control, or at least letting them consider for more than 3 seconds before automatically uploading a photo for all the world to see? how did the rebel against apple’s rigid control become an instigator of rigid control himself?

    • billypuntove

      omg, this comment, yes! What an ironic turn of events…

  • http://twitter.com/danielbt daniel bonnells

    Forced sharing? What, are we in first grade?
    Otherwise, it is an interesting concept.

  • Gray

    It’s a cool concept, and I can see it getting somewhere in the future much like Instagram did (although I don’t use it personally). But the lack of a save function and the automatic share (unless canceled) is a little much. That alone is probably going to be what holds it back from success. Maybe if it had a Share/Delete option after taking the picture just in case you don’t like the results and want to redo it.

  • SimonReidy

    Best of luck to GeoHot, but aren’t there already a few apps that do this? (minus the time-limit and forced sharing). Couplett and Duocam leap to mind.

  • http://twitter.com/Max_Kas Max Kas

    I think the concept that he was going for was no second guessing/share the raw moment. That’s the whole point of a reaction, not to fake it just so you can get your hair to look nice.

    • Gray

      Seems like a reasonable way of looking at things. I don’t think it’ll go over well, but your theory is pretty sound at least.

  • http://twitter.com/myorangeisstuck wahaha

    I’m sorry, but… Lame

  • http://twitter.com/stevenfky stevenfky

    Another useless app with Facebook integration :( nice work

  • http://twitter.com/D_r_G_r_e_g Greg S

    Just take a screen capture…

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Hahaha, lame move Geohot, put the pipe down and get back to jailbreaking

  • http://twitter.com/msxy22 Msxy

    nice work GeoHot !

  • http://twitter.com/msxy22 Msxy

    but this app is certainly not for people with Acne like me. so we must think 1000 time before sharing it :p .

  • Kurt

    what happens if you don’t have a fb account or don’t enter your fb info? you can’t use the app? I think its neat that you can see from both cameras. i’d like to see peoples pictures using this. but i dont care for fb much so can’t say id use it, but maybe?

    • billypuntove

      use couplett then. It does seem like you can’t use the app unless you connect facebook..

      • Kurt

        ill check it out. thanks for the heads up!

  • wadjj

    Stupidest app ever…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ian-Woodward/652923975 Ian Woodward

    It’s a neat idea, but user control is a must. I may perhaps fiddle and see if I can take a shot in Airplane mode (so no auto upload possible) and save any images I want with a screenshot.

  • http://twitter.com/mrmberman Marc

    I wouldn’t put it past GeoHot of hiding an untethered iOS6 jailbreak inside the app. Wouldn’t that be sweet.

    • JamesR624

      Hmmm.. Now that I think of it. The app does seem like it was made to sway a lot of people AWAY from it, that way it doesn’t get much publicity at all and stays under apple’s radar. Then the people familiar with geohot and the jailbreak community can download it for a jailbreak while most of the public gets scared off from the controlled sharing and stays away from it.

      Either that or we’re just getting desperate for Apple to release 6.1 already.

  • Falk M.

    No saving? Moving on…

  • http://twitter.com/zappocalypse Praveen

    There is such a thing called taking a screenshot.

  • http://twitter.com/Pabzley CaptainPabzley

    Wow. The duck face photo industry just got real.

  • http://www.digidna.net/ Vic

    Come on, we’re all too old to share self portraits of a duck face contemplating a latte at the local Starbucks.

  • JamesR624

    NO! Forced sharing to facebook or twitter? I can already tell this app WILL get taken down after too many complaints about invasion of privacy. At the very least it will have an average rating of about 1 and a half stars in a week. I’m sorry to say this but from reading how the app works and forces you into sharing. I would recommend people STAY AWAY from this app. The stupid gimmick isn’t worth all the trouble and lack of user control.

    • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

      How is it an invasion of privacy? Downloaders know that it’s feature is to upload to FB, if they don’t like that then they simply don’t download. It’s not like it’s reading your contact details etc.

    • billypuntove

      invasion of privacy? the are telling you exactly what’s going to happen. You connect to facebook in order to use the app, you take the double pic and it’s uploaded unless you hit cancel in 3 seconds.
      again, invasion of pivracy… where!?

  • http://twitter.com/dquins dquins

    Am I the only one who realizes…this is a joke…really; it’s a joke everyone.