A night on the town with SceneTap

SceneTap, the app that lets you see what bars are full, and what percentage of the patrons are female, had a PR meltdown when it tried to launch last week in San Francisco. There were the negative stories about its “creepy” face recognition technology. Threats of boycotts on bars that used it. Merchants backing away from the app in horror. And ultimately, a panicked-sounding statement from the Chicago-based company’s CEO. But amidst all the controversy, nobody bothered to ask the question: does SceneTap even work? I decided to test-drive the app on Wednesday night in San Francisco, and invite along someone who would have more use for this app than pretty much anybody else: Mike Smooth, professional pick-up artist, or PUA.