Tsumineko Mew Mew Tower
This charming game with a hand-drawn look is from B3 United (a Japanese iPhone developer) and is very simple for anyone to play. The Jenga-like stacking of as many cats as possible is made more realistic as you lean your iPhone to keep the tower from falling over (I’ve gotten to [...]
Based on what’s been unveiled this year at CES, I’m betting that 2009 will be the year when streaming video really goes mainstream. At least two big consumer electronics manufacturers, LG and Vizio, have announced networked TVs. Netgear has announced a router that streams HD video and Slingmedia is showing off its iPhone app. Add [...]
As the old saying goes, “if you love somebody, set them free”. Do this with social networks and you might just get more love in return.
Last May, Facebook announced Facebook Connect, an API that allowed “users to dynamically connect their identity information from Facebook, such as basic profile, friends, photos information and more, to [...]
…here’s an informal list of ten favorite iPhone apps from 2008, as well as a short wish list for apps in 2009. With favorites from me and a few other Organics (thanks Casey, Lisa, Marta and Tracy), this is by no means definitive but might prove helpful or fun for you or an iPhone user you know.
This past Friday I attended The New York Times Developer Network’s inaugural API seminar. The event was aimed at promoting their roster of existing APIs and launching a new one, for their Times People social network. Organizers had hoped to use the event as a way to reach out to independent developers who would, in [...]
The Drupal community is buzzing over the confirmation that the Obama Internet team has built the new Recovery.gov web site on the Drupal platform. This open-source CMS has built a reputation of innovation, stability and malleability that is unmatched. Drupal boasts thousands of modules for almost any type of digital presence, with a focus on [...]
Have you ever watched streaming content on Hulu.com? It’s okay if you haven’t but these days you’re increasingly likely to be in the minority.
Hulu’s great Superbowl ad with Alec Baldwin promises streaming TV and movie content to “your mobile computing devices”. However, one application that truly broke new ground for Hulu’s distribution model, Boxee (see www.boxee.tv) is now no longer going to feature any Hulu content, at the request of Hulu’s content partners (i.e., NBC, Fox, et. al.).
MyFonts has released WhatTheFont iPhone app based on their Web service of the same name. The site has been around for a while, allowing users to upload font images for machine or community identification. Now with the arrival of mobile app, design professionals and typography lovers are able to identify fonts anytime, anywhere.
Here’s how to [...]
As marketing and sociology continue to collide, we’re clearly witnessing the Cluetrain “markets are conversations” come to life.
Social networks have enabled ubiquitous two-way communication
between individuals and brands alike. How do we make sense of all the
(I’ve deliberately chosen to focus on brand conversations here but
the majority of what I’ve written applies equally to individuals who
Since I work on a financial account, it’s cool to see something outside of banking that could impact everyday life just as ATMs did. Hence, I heard about an interesting device involving Medicine 2.0: The Virtual Practice Project. Massachusetts General Hospital is developing this computerized kiosk that physicians hope can help bring some relief to the [...]
The Conservation Fund, Organic’s carbon offset vendor, has partnered with iPhactory and Ecolife Apparel to launch iPhorest, a new iPhone app that helps the environment by planting real live trees.
By downloading the app, the user activates a seedling both virtually and physically. For each virtual tree planted, The Conservation Fund will plant a native tree [...]
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Introducing an interesting out-of-home timewaster from Carnival Cruises (and Arnold Worldwide through Monster Media), popping up in various major cities around the country. Passers-by are first engaged by the motion responsive virtual marine life. Once hooked (sorry, couldn’t resist) they learn that they can create a fish of their own by dialing a [...]
Although not new, the notion of a personal CPM seemed to be threaded through more than a few panels at this year’s SXSW interactive conference. Popularized by former Forrester analyst Charlene Li, the PCPM can be loosely defined as the value of one thousand page views multiplied by an individual’s influence. More specifically, it’s the [...]
The Cloud Mirror from eric gradman on Vimeo.
I’ve been drawn to the new augmented reality stuff that is going around. I think this is sure to be an up and coming technology that’ll be used a lot in advertising.
I recently came across one in particular that raises many questions: The Cloud Mirror. It’s an art [...]
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I just came across an interesting digital out-of-home (DOOH) media and mobile story. Through a partnership with Impact Mobile, Adcentricity, an aggregator for over 80 DOOH networks, has just added a mobile component to its offerings.
Just when the Outdoor Advertising Research Group is claiming digital signs aren’t distracting, the convergence of DOOH [...]
I recently found some time to play around with two XBMC-based media
center apps, Boxee and Plex, and I have to say that I’m impressed. Not
only with their design and feature sets, but with their ability to
deliver web-optimized content to a television. Gaming
consoles have long had the interaction model between users, the television, and a computer [...]
For the past few days, the technology blogosphere has been buzzing about the upcoming Hulu iPhone app. About the same time, there is a widespread rumor proclaiming full HD output and iTunes streaming from next generation iPhone and iPod touch. It is not difficult to put two and two together, and see the enormous market [...]
TinyURL may have started the abbreviated URL trend, but others are capitalizing on it. Smart, the maker of those über-compact cars, encourages you to “use so-smart.be to park large url’s in tiny spaces.” Besides the obvious pun (get it? Smart cars are short.), this is a really interesting branding move by Smart. Local San Francisco [...]
T-Mobile has partnered with Bill Shrink, a startup that aims to help users lower credit card, mobile phone, and gas costs by analyzing their usage habits. They seem to have a solid recommendation engine that takes into account enough variables to produce a genuinely helpful result, at least in the cell phone and credit card [...]
In honor of the Web 3.0 Conference going on in New York, I wanted to write a piece today not to answer the question “What is Web 3.0?” There are plenty of articles that try and accomplish that task, and to me the easiest answer still is: Who cares?
It doesn’t matter what Web 3.0, [...]
(Please note that for this post I only researched accelerometer-based apps on the iPhone; time permitting I’ll post again soon on how accelerometers are being used on a wide range of other devices, vehicles and buildings)
The recent “Baby Shaker” iPhone app controversy drew attention not only because it highlighted possible issues with Apple’s app approval process, but also because [...]
The ITP Show is billed as “a festival of interactive sight, sound and technology from the student artists and innovators,” and it is just that. ITP, the Interactive Telecommunications Program, is an arts graduate program at NYU that continually attracts great people and delivers great ideas and work.
This past Monday night, I got a chance [...]
Fanta Virtual Tennis on YouTube
No doubt about it, augmented reality is one thing that’s on virtually everybody’s lips right now. That has been noted here on ThreeMinds earlier, and YouTube is bursting with clips showing examples of basic AR applications, both mobile and desktop. But so far most of those examples are either of the [...]
into the herd through social media has been a goal for investors for some
time. Collective Intellect (founded in
2005 for this sole purpose) and Dow Jones Insights are listening platforms that
specialize in this area. Late last year Stocktwits became the first Twitter based service based on investment discussion and has been driving
change in the way that [...]
Caterina Fake, who previously cofounded the photo-sharing site Flickr has cofounded a new search engine named Hunch, which launched Monday 6/15/09.
What differentiates Hunch from other search engines is that rather than focusing on delivering an answer to specific questions (Where can I get Chinese takeout, 10018) Hunch seeks to deliver recommendations to less defined questions [...]
There are a plethora of social media monitoring tools out there now. As they jostle and tousle with each other tantalizing potential clients with colorful charts, demos and trial accounts, I’m still left wondering where this technology will wind up. Will it go the way of the search engines and eventually wind up with [...]
Dutch company SPRXmobile has launched Layar – “the world’s first mobile Augmented Reality browser”, as they call it – for Android. However, Nokia has a similar concept, Point & Find, that we first reported on Threeminds in last December, which is now available for download (in beta) in the US and UK.
The basic concept of [...]
Our little Norwegian-based company, Opera, is at it again with a bold claim that it will “reinvent the web” with its new Opera Unite service. Some of the features available to Mac, PC, or Linux/Unix users:
• File sharing — securely share files direct from your computer • Web server — turns your home computer into a [...]
Or to paraphrase my grandfather, “If it aint broke, don’t fix it.” Microsoft has been promoting its new search experience, Bing, with an estimated $100-$300M advertising campaign. Factoring in development costs Billions have been invested in this new product. Now people are wondering if this was all money well spent. As you’ve heard from me before, [...]
I’ve been waiting for this one to launch for some time now and it’s finally here.
The guys behind Engadget and Gizmodo have teamed up to unleash what they are calling the biggest gadget database ( and hopefully community ) Ever. Known.
I know I’ll be using gdgt (pronounced simply as ‘gadget’) for years to [...]
With Yelp's Monocle Easter Egg
Editor’s Note: Augmented reality has been a hot topic on the blogs lately as the release of iPhone OS 3.1 is supposed to enable use of the camera, GPS, and compass to layer virtual data over our physical world. While this is not supposed to be live yet, Mashable just announced [...]
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Today’s New York Times business section features an article on Twitter. Specifically, it discusses how much its growth in popularity is being fueled not by teens – the usual source of exponential growth in new Internet technologies – but by adults, more specifically those over thirty. My colleagues have been pointing this out [...]
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An experiment by 9elements demonstrates the potential of HTML 5 to help developers offer up rich interactive experiences in your browser* –without flash, without plug-ins.
They’re serving up scripted particle-based animation + interactive motion + Twitter integration + music. Totally sweet if you’re using Firefox 3.5, Safari 4, latest Google Chrome beta, [...]
Unlikely innovator USAA Bank has pushed the bar in the financial industry and in mobile banking by allowing customers to remove one of the final paper roadblocks in an otherwise fully digital banking system: depositing a check. USAA Bank will now let customers deposit a check by taking a picture on their iphone and [...]
Marketers often ask why QR code technology for mobile phones (and other 2D barcode tech) hasn’t made it to the mainstream in North America. There have been a few notable efforts, some of which are still ongoing, but for the most part the technology remains esoteric and unused.
There’s a very good reason for this. In [...]
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That appears to be Google’s tactic. A few days ago they announced a new plugin for IE 6, 7, and 8 called Chrome Frame. It’s available now as a developer preview so you have to prepend “cf:” before the “http” in all URLs, but for a first release it’s admirably cohesive and [...]
Watch out! You may be outted on Facebook. MIT students claim that they can tell which guys are gay by checking out their friends on Facebook. Students created an algorithm that first analyzed networks of people who publicized their sexual orientation on Facebook. Then they looked at men who did not state their sexual orientation on [...]
In a great example of actually thinking through the experience of reading news, Google has again made a revolutionary new interface (read more at Google Labs or the NY Times). Basically, the site rasterizes the news into low rez and high rez images and allows you to use the now endemic “swipe” gestures and [...]
This post is in follow-up
to an earlier post titled “RIP: Why We Don’t Need QR Code Campaigns.” Several
critical points made by commenters merit further examination. These are:
Many URLs are too long to be easily input, even
with a QWERTY keypad.
In the end this will go
down to individual comfort levels, but there is some powerful anecdotal
evidence to [...]
Twitter and the web at large is up in jubilation over the release of Google Wave today. So much so that the beta invitations have run out and the opportunity to take a “test drive” is selling on eBay for $70 a pop. If you don’t already know what Google Wave is Mashable offers a [...]
Many smartphones have for years featured front-facing VGA quality cameras, in addition to the better back-facing cams for snapping (more or less) better photos. However, there aren’t very many places in the world where video calls between mobiles have really taken off, and bridging video calls between phones and computers has been virtually impossible.
Fring is [...]
I am currently singing the praises of the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen. It ranks right up there with my iPhone, mino HD Flip videocamera, and TechSmith’s Morae software …. in making my life simpler; yet, significantly more productive. If you aren’t familiar with it, you can see a full demo of [...]
This month, Esquire Magazine launched their anticipated Augmented Reality issue. The issue features an AR cover, where Robert Downey Jr. performs an intro and also a pitch for his upcoming Sherlock Holmes movie. In addition, there is other content, such as a fashion supplement where the weather changes based on the way the user tilts [...]
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RFID chip payment systems — such as poll passes, subway cards, key chain tags you swipe at certain gas stations — aren’t anything new. Though Bling Nation hopes to market its branded chip sticker so that consumers can pay at checkouts with their cell phones.
How It’s Different1. You can leave your wallet at home. [...]
Since the OS 3.0 release for iPhone last September, the number of available mobile augmented reality (AR) apps has grown quite a bit. We’ve talked about a few of them on threeminds throughout the year:• Yelp’s app • Nokia’s Point and Find • Virtual Tennis
AR is a new type of UI (and user experience), [...]
Editor’s Note: Congratulations to Jonathan Cohen on the birth of his daughter
In the past few years, numerous businesses have popped up offering innumerable products and services for the Internet catering to the business traveling set. As a pretty frequent business traveler, I have benefited from services like GoGo inflight wireless as well as Wi-Fi [...]
Google recently released Goggles which is arguably the broadest reaching AR program available to date. If you are not familiar, it allows you to do two things:
1. Snap a photo of anything and automatically search for results based on images and text within the photo
2. See location and direction specific google maps results by [...]