Red Box Iphone Web Application

With the release of Iphone OS 3.0 and the new Safari for the IPhone, I have made some modifications to the RedBox Web Application. Now it uses (optionally on by default) the Geolocation service of the new safari browser to locate a user and then determines the users zip code from this location.

RedBox IPhone Application

I have released an additional change to the RedBox Iphone Application.
This change allows for filtering of the items based on ratings.  If you only want to see G and PG movies then select those if you just want to see R movies select those.
Coming Soon…
The new IPhone OS 3.0 should be coming out this week and I will begin experimenting with GeoLocation and seeing if I can use this to show RedBoxes in your general vacinity.

RedBox Iphone User interface

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Presentation on RedBox IPhone with screen shots of the User Interface

Open letter to RedBox:

Dear Sir,

To begin with I want to let you know how pleased I have been with the Redbox video rentals, for their convenience and their affordability.


I only have one complaint the website, when I drive by a rd box location on a whim I might want to rent something. There is the online rental website which works pretty well on a PC, but on a phone, when you are on the go, it just doesn’t work as well. It is slow and large, and difficult to navigate. I have developed an application for the forerunner in the personal smart phone markets, the Apple iPhone.


The application I have written feeds off your existing javascript API that you have exposed on your website.


It facilitates the following:

  • Viewing of movies in chronological order or alphabetical order
  • Viewing of Redboxes within a perimeter of a zip code
  • Displaying movies available in a particular Redbox
  • Displaying the local Redboxes that contain a particular movie
  • Changing the effected zip code
  • Launching your website when a person is ready to rent from Redbox


So now comes the point of my inquiry, I was wondering if Redbox may be interested in viewing and acquiring the technology I have come up with. I think it could increase the number of rentals and also create a more satisfied customer.


Thank you,


Michael P. Schmidt
Software Engineer

IPhone Web Application

I have been currently working on a web application for the iPhone in my spare time.  It feeds off the data feed of a popular kiosk based video rental site.
Some of the interesting things I have used in the endeavor have been a proxy application to facilitate cross domain requests.  The use of the iPhone/Safari’s built in database for local client storage as well as data combination.
This allowed for the caching of large datasets to decrease overall bandwidth.
I have a few finishing touches before it becomes finalized.