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Combining the real world with virtual reality
Augmented reality (AR): A term for a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are merged with or augmented by virtual computer-generated imagery… (Wikipedia)
With the release of the iPhone 3GS and OS 3.1, apps that incorporate “augmented reality” are big news these days. However, AR has been around for a while, and a simple AR app for the iPhone 3G was introduced in October of 2008.
I just found a great article over on Technically Personal entitled: "6 Ways to Track and Recover Your Lost/Stolen iPhone". To summarize:
1. Track your iPhone via MobileMe
2. iPhone anti-theft solution – iLocalis
3. GPS tracking for iPhone with Mobile Spy 3.0
4. Find and Recover your Stolen iPhone with iHound
5. Recover your Lost/Stolen iPhone with Navizon app
Read the full article, and be sure to check the comments too.
I like the idea of App Genie ($0.99), which is sort of a Swiss Army Knife of apps. It includes many of the most common tools you might need on your iPhone: tip calculator, currency converter, unit converter, weather, translator, battery level, barcode scanner, GPS locator, and many more. One app replaces many — a handy tool that you'll call upon often.
A new twist on the old ‘Magic 8” ball is Lucky Day! ($1.99) from Silver Lining Ideas, Inc. This app is as straight forward as they come, turn it on and you're greeted by Ka Ching the Panda who invites you to shake your iPhone and make a wish. Will your wish come true? Well that's between you and Ka Ching. Really there's nothing more to this app. Or is there?
I need to thank Spb and those who commented to win in the recent Quads contest (winners names listed after the break). I have a couple of reviews coming down the pike to look for, and am debating whether to pull some extra giveaway codes or not--I'm thinking of dropping the contests for awhile, so will see on that.
Bob Englehart is the staff cartoonist for the Hartford Courant, and has won awards from the Overseas Press Club, John Fischetti Contest, Planned Parenthood, and Free Press Association and was the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1979.
Preschoolers will have fun tapping the characters and watching them fly in the sky, make noises, climb trees, play tug of war, and other silly antics as they attempt to Rescue Ginger. As they hear the story read aloud, they'll also enjoy animations and sound effects such as cows mooing and horses neighing.
It's also a fun way to prepare them for Kindergarten! As they listen to the story and play with the objects on the screen, the app quizzes them about colors, shapes, counting, and matching.
In case you were not aware, TomTom and Magellan have previously released versions of their GPS car kit that turns your iPod Touch into a navigation device, as well as making their GPS software compatible with it. One of the downsides is the cost, as it can be argued that you can buy a standalone GPS unit for much less. Cost may not be an issue for those wanting to add more functionality to their device but one of the drawbacks I see is that their car kits are for in car use only via the car power adaptor. In my opinion, this limits some of the payback use / value, especially if you only need GPS navigation occasionally.
We started our company in 1985 with a print newsletter about the new 9 pound HP 110 Portable PC. It was the first clamshell DOS laptop. It featured solid state memory, storage, and built-in software (no mechanical hard drive). It was instant on, had long battery life, and at the time light-weight (if you remember the Compaq luggable).
In the 1990's HP produced the HP 200LX Palmtop, about which we published a magazine. It was the first and only DOS clamshell palmtop. It had a niche but incredibly loyal following -- so much so that we still buy, sell and repair them. A number of us wanted HP to “blow it up” – make it bigger in order to have a functional, light-weight, long lasting laptop on the road.
Sonic Pics is a super fun iPhone or iPod Touch app for creating slide shows from your favorite photos and then sharing them with friends. Videos can be up to 60 minutes long depending upon quality you choose.
Everything is done on the app: import photos from your photo album, arrange photos, choose the timing of each photo, and add narration. Then, publish the video to YouTube with a WiFi connection. Fun and super easy to do!