A Silicon Valley startup just released a useful iPhone/Touch app to help connect you with your data — the data inside your head. Called Forget, it may even help you remember that you've got an app for that, whatever "that" is.
Infomato describes its app as "the forgetful person's instant recall machine." According to the company, it uses memory association and recognition principles to help you find the facts, names and stuff that we can forget. Of course, you have to click in the data first!
The app lets users create items associated with a word or person that we won't forget. Say you have an work acquaintance but can't remember all the associated bits: wife, kids, pets. Forget is a little database that holds those associations for you. But it can be for anything you want to remember, such as the medicines you take, things you need to buy at the store or whatever.
The inventor is Wayne Lo. Here's a bit from the PR:
By tapping into the strength of recognition memory, FORGET provides an age-proof solution. Studies show that while our ability to deliberately recall details can drop to 50 or 60 percent by the time we reach age 65, the capacity of our recognition memory remains at the level of an 18-year old. "FORGET is specifically designed to establish a close complementary relationship with our brain, making use of associated lists to jog our recognition memory," said Dr. Lo.
You don't have to be 65 to have duh! moments, a couple of extra drinks the night before will get you there the morning after. Forget's UI appears quick too, using a a look-ahead engine that starts presenting you with choices as you click in letters.
On the bottom of the site is this warning:
Warning for students: This software is intended as a study tool ONLY. Please do not use it during school exams. This is considered cheating in most schools. Check with your teachers and school officials if you are unsure.
This app looks interesting, useful and the price is right: free.