Tomatoes face an identity crisis. Are they a fruit or a vegetable?
Here's the backstory: In 1887, US tariff laws that imposed a duty on vegetables, but not on fruits, caused the tomato's status to become a matter of legal importance.
The US Supreme Court settled this controversy on 10 May 1893, by declaring that the tomato is a vegetable, based on the popular definition that classifies vegetables by use, that they are generally served with dinner and not dessert.
Botanically, however, a tomato is a fruit. To raise awareness about this issue, we decided to build an app.
We're proud to be days away from releasing a fun app created by The SnapBar team.
An app that, we feel, is one step in the right direction to making more people aware that a tomato is a fruit.
The SnapBar is a photo experience company. Since our company's start five years ago, we've been busy creating fun photo activations all over the PNW and beyond.
In our work in the events industry, one thing our team has noticed time and again is how powerful simple apps can be.
When the idea for Tomato Booth came to us, we knew from the start that a minimalist approach to design and user experience were going to be key for the app to get and grow it's traction.
So, as we're days away from launching Tomato Booth in the Apple Appstore, we're excited to release some app previews today and build anticipation for this fun new way to take selfies!
The idea for Tomato Booth is simple. Take a selfie, group photo, or a picture of a friend, and BOOM, you're turned into a unique tomato.
With state-of-the-art technology, we're able to analyze facial features, count individuals in groups large or small, and customize the tomato output to match each individual. It's almost like you're getting your very own spirit animal tomato.
We knew we had a solid idea with the Tomato Booth app, and once we started building it, all sorts of features, effects, and add-ons made their way into the app.
However, in trying to stick to our original commitment to a simple and clean user interface, we had to shed weight and ended up picking only four important features.
You're unique. Your friends are unique. In Tomato Booth, we understand that, and that's why we designed our advanced facial recognition feature to analyze your face, looking for all the unique things about you.
As soon as you take the photo, a unique tomato based on your facial features is served up, ready to be edited and shared with the world.
Taking it a step further, we integrated our group detect feature with our facial recognition technology so that it turns your unique group selfies or photos into unique groups of tomatoes.
Selfies are fun. But group selfies are even better!
When we were building Tomato Booth, we implemented new open-source tech that automatically scans each live-view input and counts the number of people in each group, turning said group into a cluster of tomatoes.
What's a selfie app without creative filters? Not one we wanted to build. With Tomato Booth, we decided that ORIGINAL, ROTTEN, SQUISHED, and GREEN would be good filters to start with.
Just take a selfie or two, check out your unique tomato, and apply the filter that best fits the lighting and mood of your photo.
Note: we will be releasing more filters in the near future and would love to hear your creative ideas for the filters we should implement next! Just head over to our Facebook page and comment with your new filter suggestions.
While we're passionate about raising awareness that a tomato is a fruit, we wanted Tomato Booth to do more than that.
As we've mentionned, Tomato Booth is just days away from being complete. Once we submit it to the appstore for review and get it approved, we'll share it with the world for free.