Archive for the ‘Innovation and Disruptive’ Category

Make iPhone apps using Processing?

May 17th, 2010 by NearInteraction

You can now prototype, and possibly publish, iPhone apps using Processing. It’s called iProcessing and created by Luckybite

“iProcessing is an open programming framework to help people develop native iPhone applications using the Processing language. It is an integration of the Processing.js library and a Javascript application framework for iPhone.”

iProcessing

Of course you can also make iTouch apps in openFrameworks, and soon export from Flash CS5, or if you are hardcore just the native SDK, but we like easier entry points and saving some boring work.

There are some speed and graphics limitations, and one downside at the moment is : “It is unknown as to whether apps created using the framework will be approved if submitted to the App Store”, but things will improve over time and this is really good news for students who are just starting out in coding Processing.

There’s more coverage on Create Digital Motion and CreativeApps.


The Wired Tablet App

February 16th, 2010 by NearInteraction


Fashioning the future: Augmented reality allows trying on of outfits

November 18th, 2009 by NearInteraction
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San Francisco – Online retailer Tobi.com has launched a virtual fitting room that can be accessed from the home. Customers can try items on through innovative use of a webcam and motion sensors are used to rate styles with the wave of a hand. They can also post pictures immediately to Facebook in order to see what friends think. Developed by Rich Relevance and Zugara


Twitter your Energy

July 23rd, 2009 by NearInteraction

German utility company Yello Strom is clearly into accessible tech: it manages its meters directly via households’ broadband connections, and offers access to Google’s PowerMeter. Now, it’s keeping its customers informed by enabling meters to tweet about energy use.

Each “Yello Sparzähler” smart meter (designed by IDEO) is allocated its own Twitter account, which is automatically updated with energy consumption data. The owner can follow the account to receive regular updates, leading to greater awareness and hopefully lower energy use. DIY power monitors such as Tweet-a-Watt are also capable of tweeting, but Yello Strom seems to be the first utility company to offer the service as an integral part of their smart meters.

While adding Twitter to their mix will undoubtedly give Yello Strom a PR-boost, the larger goal is to feed energy data into any tool customers may be using. As explained by Yello Executive Director Martin Vesper, “Our goal is to use as many different channels as possible to inform our customers about their energy consumption.” (Related: Smart thermostat is always onlineHome energy monitoring, delivered by Google.)

Website: www.yellostrom.de


Intel vision of a near future!

July 17th, 2009 by NearInteraction
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Send a Postcard iPhone App

July 15th, 2009 by NearInteraction

Yet another task the iPhone can simplify: creating, printing and sending postcards without ever having to physically handle one. PrintYourLife.com has devised an iPhone app called goPostal, which can be downloaded to the iPhone for free. Users take a photo or choose one they’ve snapped earlier, write a message and select a recipient from their phone’s address book. The postcard is then printed and delivered via postal mail to anywhere within the US for USD 1.29.

While they may lack the personal touch of a handwritten postcard, goPostal’s missives provide a tangible and perhaps more thoughtful alternative to emailing a photo, without more effort for senders. Postal services: time to partner with goPostal or set up something similar of your own! (Related: Email a photo to send prints to friends & family.)

Website: www.printyourlife.com


Exploring mobile gesture design at Nokia

July 15th, 2009 by NearInteraction
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Nearest Tube Augmented Reality App for iPhone 3GS by Acrossair

July 8th, 2009 by NearInteraction

Nearest Tube developed by Acrossair one of the first augmented reality apps to go live in the iPhone AppStore. This amazing new application tells Londoners where their nearest tube station is via their iPhones video function.

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When you load the app, holding it flat, all 13 lines of the London underground are displayed in coloured arrows. By tilting the phone upwards, you will see the nearest stations: what direction they are in relation to your location, how many kilometres and miles away they are and what tube lines they are on. If you continue to tilt the phone upwards, you will see stations further away, as stacked icons. Only available to Apple iPhone 3GS users.


PTAM + AR on an iPhone 3G

July 6th, 2009 by NearInteraction
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Some very early results with Augmented Reality (AR) on an iPhone 3G. This video shows an adaptation of the Parallel Tracking and Mapping system to an iPhone. All processing is done live on the phone. Doesn’t use tags and is interactive! Developed by post-doctoral student Georg Klein.


Layar – first mobile augmented reality browser

June 30th, 2009 by NearInteraction
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Layar developed by Sprxmobile, combines GPS, camera, and compass to identify your surroundings and overlay information on screen, in real time. It is available for Android now and it will be available for iPhone soon, but exclusively for the 3GS. The reason is that Layar needs a compass to work.