The 'thangs' app crowdsources users' friends to help them borrow and lend everyday objects, rather than purchasing them. Not everyone needs to own a power drill, but if someone is building a birdhouse as a summer project, a power drill might be helpful. Buying a drill for a single project is a waste, so, with the thangs app, users can borrow one from friends in their contact list.
The thangs app takes advantage of the growing popularity of the trading economy among digital denizens (think Craigslist, Kijiji, etc.) However, rather than putting strangers in touch with one another, thangs makes it easy to contact one's actual friends for item requests. As a lender, all it takes is one tap to accept or deny a borrowing request. Users just have to remember to pay it forward; thangs only works if its users are as magnanimous as its concept is.