It’s Time To Feed Your Pebble Pet
Kids of the 90s may fondly reminder caring for their virtual pets called Tamagotchi. Well virtual pets are back but instead of living in little keychain charms they have found a home in your Pebble smartwatch. A new Pebble app called Hatchi from Portable Pixels, launched a virtual pet game for the wearable watch at last week’s Game Developers Conference (GDC).
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Hatchi delivers the full Tamagotchi experience including the complete retro look and feel. Just like you remembered, your little guy will need you to clean, play, feed and generally look after it in order for it to grow up healthy and happy.
The game is a perfect fit for Pebble which is great for micro-games which let you kill a minute or two while waiting in line or for the elevator. And as Pebble is always on you, your Hatchi is sure to get a lot of attention (or just get really annoying very quick).
Pebble is putting a huge focus on games now that its App Store is up and running. “We believe Pebble is a great new platform for studios around the world to create awesome  games — specifically mini games and casual games,” the company stated on its blog. 
Hatchi was just one of three games they are featuring at the Game Developers Conference.

It’s Time To Feed Your Pebble Pet

Kids of the 90s may fondly reminder caring for their virtual pets called Tamagotchi. Well virtual pets are back but instead of living in little keychain charms they have found a home in your Pebble smartwatch. A new Pebble app called Hatchi from Portable Pixels, launched a virtual pet game for the wearable watch at last week’s Game Developers Conference (GDC).

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This Glass App Will Send Zombies After You To Get You Off The Couch
If you are the type of person who needs a lot of motivation to get to the gym then a new app for Google Glass may be just the thing. Race Yourself, a new Glassware development company, is working on a Google Glass app that will terrify you into running.
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The app releases Zombies, Boulders, Fire or even an oncoming train for you to race against. And with Glass’ transparent lens, the visions are expected to look pretty real. I don’t know about you, but looking behind me to see the walking dead coming is a guaranteed way of pushing me to my physical limits.

The virtual game-like experiences are just one part of the app. Race Yourself also lets you run against your best run or one of your friends using information from previous running times and goals. To make the competitive data even more accurate, Race Yourself and Heapsylon, makers of smart shirts, bras and socks, partnered to allow smart clothing data like heart rate to be added to the mix.
Race Yourself is currently in Beta with the plan to release an official version when Glass launches, which is rumored to be happening later this year. 

This Glass App Will Send Zombies After You To Get You Off The Couch

If you are the type of person who needs a lot of motivation to get to the gym then a new app for Google Glass may be just the thing. Race Yourself, a new Glassware development company, is working on a Google Glass app that will terrify you into running.

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LUMO Wearable Tech Wants You to Sit Up Straight

How many times did you hear “sit up straight” from your Mom when you grew up? Well LUMO wants to be your virtual mom by tracking your posture and “shocking you” into a better position. 

LUMO is a band with sensors that monitors and tracks your posture. You wear the band around your waist and it connects to your smartphone using Bluetooth (like most wearables today).

Here is what LUMO says needs to happen to make their product work:

"1. Activate LUMOback’s Posture Monitoring App: Download the LUMOback app from the Apple App Store and follow the instructions in the app. The app will take you through a short series of movements to do the initial calibration (e.g. walking, sitting, slouching, etc.).  In less than 5 minutes, you’ll be on the path to good posture!

2. Wear: LUMOback is a small, flexible sensor that attaches to a thin and flexible belt. Strap the belt around your lower back, either against your skin or over a thin layer or clothing.

3. Track: LUMOback’s sensors measure pelvic tilt and help guide your body position to a neutral pelvis alignment. If you slouch with your lower back, lean forward, lean backwards, or shift your weight to one side, the LUMOback will let you know via a gentle vibration so you can learn to correct your stance to good posture. LUMOback also offers tracking  to help you understand your posture now, your daily activity levels, your sleep habits, and your improvements over time.”

I have a constant war with my posture being at my computer for 10 hours a day and then straight from there to a mobile device so I can totally see value in tracking and reminding myself of my posture digitally. 

The health and fitness sector is booming with wearables and so its great to see orthopedic type applications come out to the market.

You can buy the device now for $149.00USD.

Check out the video for more features and a demo.

World’s Largest Ferris Wheel in Japan Will Feature AR
Some information from the CNET article you can read here
"Called the Nippon Moon giant observation wheel (GOW), it could be twice the size of the London Eye wheel”
"The experience of riding the Nippon Moon is going to be an augmented-reality one. The glass of the observation pods can be turned on via smartphone to show a digitally altered view of the landscape, possibly including information from Google Street View and Maps, although UNStudio doesn’t detail exactly how this is accomplished."
via: xeonwired

World’s Largest Ferris Wheel in Japan Will Feature AR

Some information from the CNET article you can read here

"Called the Nippon Moon giant observation wheel (GOW), it could be twice the size of the London Eye wheel”

"The experience of riding the Nippon Moon is going to be an augmented-reality one. The glass of the observation pods can be turned on via smartphone to show a digitally altered view of the landscape, possibly including information from Google Street View and Maps, although UNStudio doesn’t detail exactly how this is accomplished."

via: xeonwired

AR in the ER

recipeforawesome:

(via Augmented Reality App Guides Surgeons During Tumor Removal - PSFK)

Tablets and smartphones have recently found a wide range of uses in the healthcare industry, from building image databases for doctors to helping patients better understand their surgical procedures. Taking these mobile technologies one step further, we look at an application that takes augmented reality into the operating room to assist doctors with complex procedures. Imagine if at the touch of a button, your surgeon could map your internal organs and pinpoint the correct blood vessel or location of a tumor, rather than having to rely on memory or constantly refer to images and charts.

A new iPad app from the Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing MEVIS in Germany is using augmented reality technology to help surgeons remove liver tumors without damaging critical vessels within the organ. Before the surgery takes place, a CT scan is performed on the patient, allowing an accompanying software to identify and image the pathways of blood vessels. This information is then transferred to an iPad, which can be used during the surgery.

Elements 4D Brings the Periodic Table to Life with AR + Wooden Blocks

A new Kickstarter project uses Augmented Reality to bring wooden blocks to life to teach you about chemical reactions.

"We think this is the killer app for Augmented Reality" the team says.

Its “Part story, part game, part educational toy, Elements 4D interactive blocks offer a fun way to experience augmented reality.”

This is the first consumer product from DAQRI, world’s leading augmented reality developer. The call it 4D because its spatial and interactive.

The Kickstarter project has already raised its goal of $50,000 with 4 days still to go.

Get 3-Minutes in Italy as a Robot

The marketing team for San Pellegrino Fruit Beverage have put together a campaign which transports you to Italy as a Robot all through a Facebook app. 

AdWeek did a great write up on how it works:

Ogilvy & Mather in New York partnered with Deeplocal to create five robots that Facebook users can control romotely to take in the sights of Italy. Four ground-gliding units and one skybot perched on a 40-foot pole allow users to take virtual tours of Taormina, a picturesque village in Sicily. San Pellegrino’s Facebook fans can sign up to drive the ground-bots for 180 seconds, viewing the town in real time. The robots are equipped with tablets displaying users’ Facebook profile pics, and a translation program allows participants to talk with local residents. Brand ambassadors are on the ground to facilitate engagement, or thwart any attempts to use the robots for evil ends, whichever comes first.”

Turn Anything Into a Moving Robot with RK-1 

A new Kickstarter project founded by passionate roboticist, Evangelous Georgiou from the UK has put together a simple robot platform called RK-1. It uses Arduino and wi-fi to allow you to control your robot using your iOS and Android devices (Smartphones and Tablets).

The robot is controlled using swipe gestures. So, just swipe the screen up, down, left, and right to make the robot go in those directions.

The project is looking for funds to develop a better control board, better robot chassis, and make some awesome software for iOS and Android devices.

For pledges of over 150 pounds or more you get the mobile robot kit in a color of your choosing.

The project has 23 days to go with 30% of its goal already funded.

The potential for DIY robots is continually growing especially thanks to Arduino. This project is most interesting because it essentially can make any toy or 3D printed item a moving robot almost right out of the box and control it with your smartphone.

Pinterest Competitor, Fancy, First to Get in the Google Glass Game

The app, which is live now for Google Glass, does three basic things:

  • Exploring: You can explore Fancy via Glass
  • Buying: You can buy items found on Fancy through Glass
  • Matching: Take a picture of anything in the world and Fancy will show you items that have a simliar hue

True Simplicity - The New Face of iOS

Ive’s presented the new look and feel for iOS7. Its a much flatter, more modern and very different look for the iPhone than we have seen in the past.

In addition to a new look and feel, Apple announced these new features for iOS which are much welcomed including Multi-tasking, Control Center, updates to the Notification centre, a focus on AirDrop, updates to Siri and Photos.

iOS wasn’t the only change - Apple launched their much anticipated streaming radio service - iTunes Radio.

Check out more direct from Apple

What do you think about the new changes?

McKinsey: The $33 Trillion Technology Payoff
From Bits Blog NYT:
A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute, the research arm of the consulting firm, delivers a twist on the art form, and the difference is more than the timing. The 154-page report not only selects a dozen “disruptive” technologies from a candidate list of 100, but also measures their economic impact. By 2025, the 12 technologies — led by the mobile Internet, the automation of knowledge work, and the Internet of Things — have the potential to deliver economic value of up to $33 trillion a year worldwide, according to the McKinsey researchers. […]
[read more] [McKinsey Global Institute]

McKinsey: The $33 Trillion Technology Payoff

From Bits Blog NYT:

A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute, the research arm of the consulting firm, delivers a twist on the art form, and the difference is more than the timing. The 154-page report not only selects a dozen “disruptive” technologies from a candidate list of 100, but also measures their economic impact. By 2025, the 12 technologies — led by the mobile Internet, the automation of knowledge work, and the Internet of Things — have the potential to deliver economic value of up to $33 trillion a year worldwide, according to the McKinsey researchers. […]

[read more] [McKinsey Global Institute]

Sharing is the New Buying: 7 Sharing Economy Sites You Need To Know

The Sharing Economy affords people the ability to participate in certain experiences or utilize certain products without ownership.

Also called Collaborative Consumption - the thought process behind it is that we can all share our resources rather than individually go out and purchase them. This reduces our overconsumption as a society but also makes things more attainable for people that may not usually be able to afford it.

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On the flip side - the Sharing Economy also democratizes the ability to sell products and services in such a way that anyone can open a hotel, a restaurant or become a taxi service with the homes and cars that they own in order to subsidize their living. In essence, owning a restaurant or running a hotel can be achieved now by anyone with a roof over their head or a dining table.

Collaborative Consumption is 100% dependent on technology with the internet at its core. The most famous Sharing Economy platform is AirBNB where people can offer up their apartments and homes for rent while they are out of town giving travellers an alternative to the hotel and also providing the owner with some additional income.

But this technological movement has span way past AirBNB into other areas such as transportation, item rentals and even food.

Here are some of the most popular and up and coming Sharing Economy platforms today:

Lodging and Accommodations

Transportation

Dining

Item Rentals

By Tom Emrich

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Do you have a favorite Sharing Economy app to share?

AR App Brings Blank Canvases to Life with Art

“Through the SCAD Museum App, augmented reality technology reads the visual cues from each design. Though the canvas in blank in front of them, the user sees current SCAD Museum artwork embedded in the frame on their smart phone or mobile device. When they tap the image, the user is redirected to the Museum website for information on the art.”


My SCAD Museum Augmented Reality project I did for my Intro to Advertising class. This project has been displayed in Adler Hall’s Green Mile Gallery and in SCAD’s New York One Show Event. Vanessa Brown. 2013.

via: vanessa-draws

AR Turns Dumb Objects into Smart Things

Great MIT demo showing how augmented reality can turn a dumb object into something much more engaging and “smart”. Here they illustrate how touch interfaces can be programmed to interact with physical objects.

This application can really be applied to anything - toys, appliances, lights you name it.

Its exciting to think that AR can bring new life to things that we already have around the house.

Fitbit Flex review

So what does Fitbit offer that makes it special? Why should you spend $99 on the Flex over an Up or a FuelBand, or a free iPhone app? After lots of exertion in the name of journalism, I think I have an answer. 

via: thisistheverge