A practical iPhone/iPad app for digitally "clipping" coupons and generating new ones has been grabbing lots of attention in town this Philly Tech Week.
Spawned locally - with support from Philadelphia Media Network's digital incubator project - SnipSnap claimed top honors at the 5th Annual Mobile Monday Demo Night, then again last night at the startup competition Switch Philly. Still, the sweetest victory had to be Apple's quick approval of the program in "under two weeks," said CTO Kostas Nasis, allowing SnipSnap to launch in perfect synchronicity yesterday morning on the App Store.
Sparked by the "bowl of shame" at CEO Ted Mann's house - a repository of coupons constantly coming to his house that he "couldn't bear to part with," SnipSnap uses your iPhone or iPad camera to capture and save those discount deals electronically. As described in the app store introduction, "Simply snap a picture of any printed offer and SnipSnap magically converts all the text, images and barcodes into a mobile optimized offer, which you can redeem off your screen." At the checkout line, you then "pull up the coupon, barcode, promo code or photograph and present it to the cashier to redeem."
SnipSnap smartly sends alerts when a stored coupon is about to expire. It also reminds you upon entering a store that you've got discount opportunities awaiting in your iPhone or iPad (either must be running on iOS 5.1 or higher.)