As GPS becomes more ubiquitous so do the applications that enable interaction between people based on their proximity.  Skout, which is a social network meets dating, is taking their concept to the bars – 10,000 bars to be exact – and calling it Skout OUT.  Utilizing a vertical standing 42-inch touchscreen Plasma and phones with the Skout application installed (with GPS running) users can search and interact with other Skout members within what is presumably a preset vicinity. It’s really quite brilliant as you can flirt via a song dedication, buy a drink or use a pickup line.  The first two have the potential to generate revenue for the bar, although the latter I’m not too sure about.  Once the ‘flirt’ is sent the receiver can then respond.  No doubt, Skout will subsidize the costs of the screens by displaying relevant adverts and if I were my guess they’ll sell songs directly to users amongst other things, such as photos.  Check the video below for a run through.


Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."