Carrr Matey Android apps marks your parking spot

by Caitlin M. Foyt

Carrr Matey is an app that you will probably not use very often. But, it will make you smile every single time you do.

Carrr Matey is designed to keep tabs on where you parked your car. It comes in handy when you've parked in a labyrinth-like parking garage, in a busy part of town, at a sporting event, the airport or a concert. Just use your phone's GPS to set the exact coordinates of where your car is located. Later, when you want to find it again, you have the choice of using either a compass or walking directions.

As I describe it, Carrr Matey doesn't sound different from the dozens of other apps that are just like it in the marketplace. What sets it apart is the fact that it's pirate-themed. This aspect alone makes it very fun to use. The interface looks like a treasure map, and all of the writing within the app is in pirate-speak.

Before you get started, make sure your GPS is turned on. When you're ready to mark where your car is parked, tap the "Drop Anchor" button. You can also use the "Harbor" button if you're in a multi-level parking garage and think it would be helpful to document the level, letter and space number.

When you're ready to head back to the car, hit the "Find Vessel" button, and choose between map view and walking directions.

This app also has a timer built in. Put your quarters in your meter, and set a timer based on how much time you have. An alarm will go off before your meter expires, giving you enough time to get back to your car before the meter maids do.