Swedish designer Tobias van Schneider developed the “most honest & human weather app” out there. Called ‘Authentic Weather’, the app tells you exactly what you need to know about the weather, nothing more, nothing less. “The app is pretty simple, it’s just the fucking weather outside if you don’t have a window to look outside, it’s like a digital window" said van Schneider. The app is currently only available for Blackberry users; however, van Schneider said that he has already submitted a version for the iOS.
http://vimeo.com/45966677 Afraid of loosing your luggage while traveling? Well, maybe the next generation of luggage might solve that. The Hop is a suitcase that follows its user. The suitcase contains three receivers that are able to receive, identify and triangulate different signals coming from the user’s cell phone. A microcontroller interprets these signals calculating the phone’s position regarding to the suitcase. The same microcontroller operates a caterpillar system based on compressed air, which follows the user at a constant distance. If the signal is lost the user is alerted by the vibration of the phone and suitcase locks itself. The bags can be programmed to follow one to another or are controlled jointly by the staff that handles the baggage at airports or stations.
Im not very sure if this concept is anywhere near safe, but the truth is that smartphone-apps are definitely the future in micro automation and controle...
The cute video definitely made it fun to fantasize about the idea.
Ok girls, maybe we won't have to cry over empty smartphone batteries or carrying our chargers around after purchasing this fashionable cool clutch. Lets face it, even with extended charge time, batteries can be a problem with smartphones in general. Everpurse, by Chicago native Elizabeth Day Ormesher Salcedo believes a lady shouldn’t have to sacrifice fashion to be practical with an charger. The clunky charging accessories aren’t the most sensible items for a woman on the go.
That’s why Elizabeth, a social worker, and her husband, a serial technology entrepreneur, along with clutch manufacturers have created a slim removable charging panel to fit in sleek and stylish handbag. There won’t be a need for portable chargers or multiple cords dangling out of a bag anymore.
The bags come as purses, clutches and in various materials to go with every outfit, but more importantly will keep your smartphone charged. Available for $129 and up on Kickstarter.
Polaroids used to be the bees knees, tech wise. They would let you immediately see, as well as print the picture you just took. In a world where you had to wait a week to have your shots developed, that was awesome. But then, digital cameras came around, and things changed. But fashion can go in cycles and what is now old often ends up being rediscovered by younger generations and brought back from the dustbin with a shiny new coating. The Impossible Instant Lab seeks to combine the best from smartphone photography (portability, immediacy, versatility) with not only the nostalgia of Polaroid cameras, but also the fact that they do give you a physical sample to carry along with you.
The Lab features a collapsible tower atop of which you cradle your iPhone and which positions it perfectly so that a picture of the screen may be taken. That picture is then developed into an actual, chemical-reaction, darkroom-in-the-paper, analog photograph. No Instagram filter will ever be that hipster-y. It even uses actual film for Polaroid 600 and SX 70 cameras.
Once folded up the Impossible Instant Lab is 5.8″ long x 4.3″ wide x 2.4″ tall, which is fairly portable itself and a full charge can give you up to 150 prints.
There’s still some time to get in at the $189 price point, once again as a pledge on Kickstarter. Delivery expected in February 2013.
The app scans the users internet activity and finds his “needs”, then finds people in the immediate area who can answer this need. Such as: Movie producer looking for actors and an actor looking for a job, sitting in the same coffee shop without knowing, person with start-up idea and investor, person with inspiration and designer…
* The users can share their needs and search opportunities for each other in relatively distant locations. * By using information like facebook events, the users can find future opportunities in their area. * By shifting the device, the user can add or remove information layers from the map.
The principles followed by this app are belief in the power of face2face meeting, and finding stuff “on the way” without the active search itself.
New York boasts some fascinating subway art, and now there's an app to help you explore it. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)'s Arts for Transit division has launched the smartphone guide, which you can access by downloading travel navigation iPhone app Meridian and choosing the MTA option.
Within the app, works are organized by subway or railroad line and artist. You can browse through the art available on a particular line, or check out what’s available in the MTA system by a particular artist. The app also offers turn-by-turn directions to installations, and trip planning if you want to plan an art ride through the transit system.
The Meridian app is a free download, and also features tours of the Portland Art Museum, Balboa Park in San Diego, and Powell’s Books in Portland, amongst others.
Wish I still lived in NYC!
Read more on this app on Mashable.
Aire uses the power of your breath to recharge your iPhone. The user simply straps on the AIRE face mask, hooks it up to their iOS device, and their breath is converted into energy via small wind turbines.
João Lammoglia, a young designer working in Rio de Janeiro, claims that his concept encourages physical exercise: The more you breathe, the more energy you produce. Yet, the great thing about Aire is that the mask also works during passive activities like reading or sleeping.
Lammoglia says that the technology to make Aire doesn’t yet exist and that the point of the exercise was stimulate others to come up with creative eco-friendly solutions to powering the scads of gadgets we carry without concern for the impact they have on the environment. When it comes down to it, there’s no reason to save your breath.
PayPal, an eBay company, announced PayPal Here, a global mobile payments solution that allows small businesses to accept almost any form of payment. The company said that the new service includes a free app and fully encrypted thumb-sized triangular card reader, which turns any iPhone, and soon Android smartphone, into a mobile payment solution.
With PayPal Here, small businesses, service providers and casual sellers can send invoices or accept debit and credit cards, checks and PayPal using one simple product, the company said. PayPal users will be able to use the “Local” feature on the PayPal app to find nearby businesses that accept PayPal Here.
According to the company, PayPal Here gives merchants more choice than any mobile payment solution on the market today. Merchants can accept payments by swiping cards in the card reader, scanning cards and checks using their phone cameras, or manually entering card information into the app. They can also send an invoice and set payment terms directly from the app.
Square, started in 2009 by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, is the mobile payments market leader. Square’s card reader, which is square, attaches to the top of iPhones and other mobile devices. It has been a hit among small merchants, such as cab drivers. Visa bought a stake in Square last year. Square charges 2.75% per swipe for Visa, MasterCard, Discover and AmEx. Their Free app and free Square Card Reader requires no merchant account, monthly fees or set-up costs. Manually-entered cards cost 3.5% + 15¢ per transaction.
Square has shipped over 800,000 card readers to merchants and is currently processing over $2 billion in payments annually. While currently focused on its U.S. growth, the company plans to offer Square in international markets in 2012.
Mobile phones equipped with Near Field Communications chips don’t require a card. You just bump your phone on the reader to make a payment.
Amid falling print sales, Marvel Comics is hoping to entice readers back to the paper medium thanks to a AR app, which keys in superhero fans on how the story was imagined
The app, called Marvel AR, is half of the entertainment company's new push to further integrate digital and print comics, an effort it's calling Marvel ReEvolution. The other half is a digital-only line of comics called Marvel Infinite Comics, which will be available to readers from the standard Marvel Comics app for free when they buy the print comic with a digital coupon, when they buy the standard digital comic, or separately as a 99-cent digital download. The first Infinite Comics story will tie in to Avengers versus X-Men and be written by Mark Waid, with art by Stuart Immonen and colors by Marte Gracia.
The aim of the application is to take users behind the scenes and showcase the various stages of production, in much the same was that DVD extras augment movies and TV shows.
When users fire up the Marvel AR app, built by the respected Aurasma studio, it will immediately activate the device's camera lens, and if the app has been trained to recognise a certain panel from the comic, users will be prompted to download the additional content. Marvels digital chief Peter Phillips says: "The AR app will show readers what the editor was thinking, what the writer was thinking, 3D extras, and pencil art."
The bonus features will include fully coloured panes scaled back to their pencil-drawn origins, 3D animations of characters and exclusive story background from key figures at Marvel. Each compatible printed comic will feature around 8 interactive panes.
http://vimeo.com/20759156 The founders of Instagram are now bringing the online social experience of Instagram into the real world. Instaprint is a location based photo booth that can transform parties and events by putting a camera in everyone's hand. By setting Instaprint to look out for specific locations or hashtags, any Instagram tagged appropriately will automatically be printed out on inkless paper. Everyone can hire an instaprint-booth for a party, event, wedding....
A California based company called Liquipel claims that it has perfected a process in which it can waterproof your iPhone or other smartphone both inside and out, without having to use a case.
Liquipel offers a nano-coating a thousand times thinner than a human hair that will make your iPhone water-resistant. The coating is so thin, they claim, that you won’t know the difference – in feel or function – from an untreated phone. Quote Liquipel:
The process we use is a specialized coating in the form of a vapor. We put the device in a chamber, fill it with the vapor where it bonds at the molecular level to protect the phone. Since vapor is so small, when the process is finished you can’t see or detect the coating, which makes it perfect for phones.”
How the coating process works; they put the phone into a chamber, create a vacuum, then pump in their special coating gas. The gas permeates the phone, inside and out, and the gas molecules bind through some magic process that only Liquipel is privy to. So water actually gets inside the phone, but beads up and harmlessly rolls of the circuit board.
The process sells for $59, and requires that you send your smartphone to Liquipel to be treated. After which the company will send your protected device back, where it will withstand submersion in liquid (although Liquipel recommends you never test this) or the occasional heavy rain shower. Liquipel claims that it has a five-point tracking procedure so you can monitor the progress of your phone at all times, alleviating any worries you may have about actually receiving your device back.
For those anxiously awaiting that day, it’s almost here.
iPhone owners testing the new iOS 5 beta (version 3) discovered a new feature: AirPlay mirroring. If you’ve got an AirPlay-enabled device, you can mirror your FaceTime chat on a larger screen (like your TV).
FaceTime, a feature which was introduced with the iPhone 4, has gotten a lot of press since its debut. FaceTime is just one of many companies offering video conferencing software, including a dramatically revamped version of AIM and similar features on competing products. Between FaceTime and services like Skype, video chatting is quickly becoming the de facto way to stay in touch with friends.
Unfortunately, as seen in the image above, the AirPlay mirroring functionality isn’t perfect (yet). It looks like the VGA resolution front facing camera causes the image to be a bit blown out when it’s ported to the big screen display. But it could still make a cheap, convenient video conferencing tool for businesses.
Perhaps, if this feature isn’t cut from the final version of iOS 5, we could expect the iPhone 5’s front-facing camera to get a significant upgrade to fix that problem.
Apple’s official version of iOS 5 is due for release this fall.
Kogeto presents the “Dot”, a new cool, durable and pocketable 360º (panoramic) lens attachment and app for the iPhone 4. Dot lets your iPhone capture immersive, fully navigable, panoramic video in real-time, and share with friends on your phone, as well as on Facebook and Twitter, or streamed online using the company’s awesome panoramic video web platform and player. View the video by clicking on the kickstarter ink below!