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Wednesday
Nov062013

AR App Puts Turn-by-turn Navigation on Your Windshield

Have you ever driven a little dangously while continually glancing down at your smartphone's navigation function? Then HUDWAY might be the app for you.

HUDWAY is a heads-up display navigation app that allows drivers to navigate the road with both hands on the wheel. Information like turn-by-turn directions, speed, distance and arrival time are displayed on the windshield to correspond with the road ahead.

Here's the coolest part: HUDWAY doesn't require any other equipment other than your smartphone. All you need to do is download the app, enter the destination, place your phone on your dashboard and drive. The glare from the window reflects the information displayed on the screen of the phone.

Not surprisingly, the info can be difficult to see when driving through well-lit areas, so the app works best at night or in fog. Here's hoping that future versions of the app will automatically adjust for lighting differences.

Monday
Aug122013

App That 'Gamifies' Your Relationship Proves We're Too Dependent On Technology

Relationships take work.

Technology is meant to make our lives easier.

So, it was only a matter of time before someone made an app to make maintaining our relationships "easier" than ever.

Kahnoodle is "the couple's app" that's designed to spice up your love life, keep you connected to your Sig O and -- somewhat creepily -- track how loving you've been lately. Check it out:

Using gamification, Kahnoodle wants to make maintaining your relationship automatic and easy—as easy as tapping a button. Its options include sending push notifications to initiate sex; “Koupons” that entitle the bearer to redeemable movie nights and kinky sex; and, of course, the love tank, which fills or empties depending on how many acts of love you’ve logged.

Now, this isn't your run-of-the mill $1.99 app. Kahnoodle members pay a monthly subscription rate that runs anywhere from $20 to $60 a month, depending in part on the number of surprise dates and events you want the service to plan. The company says the special date and event pricing they provide greatly offsets the membership costs, and the website describes some pretty ritzy-sounding dates: learn to sail while watching the sunset, skydive over your city, enjoy a gourmet meal at a cliff-side restaurant. (Follow that up with a surprise "initiate sex" push notification, and you're in for one romantic, not at all disingenuous evening.)

Something tells me this might be more likely to work if it were less expensive, more tongue-in-cheek. Kahnoodle seems to be targeting slightly older, married couples who need help carving out time for themselves. I give it a month before those events and notifications start getting ignored. Thoughts?

Thursday
Jun132013

Today in 'Why?' News: Send a Scent With Your Text!

Some people invent new things just because they can. Take for example Scentee: an app from ChatPerf that lets your smartphone emit odors. Yep -- we're about to be bombarded by strangers' phone smells, on top of their cologne.

The app uses a small accessory that you plug into your iPhone or iPad, giving you access to more than 500 different smells, ranging from the delicious (bacon) to the disgusting (durian). It's like augmented reality for your nose; we wouldn't be surprised if certain iPad games start incorporating sense-based "experiences" like this.

The Scentee app will be available in August, and its hardware accessory will retail for $30. Happy smelling!

Monday
Jan072013

Create Your Own App!

An awesome new app called Yapp enables users to create their very own apps, for pretty much anything. And the best part? Most of the functions are totally free.

Users have taken advantage of Yapp to create apps for a crazy range of uses, including wedding planning, fantasy sports leagues, school events and reunions, conferences and birthdays. Simply follow the Yapp Editor's instructions, and your app could be ready in as little as 10 minutes. Then, your own users are free to download the app and start making use of it.

This type of open platform app has such exciting potential. Who knows what types of apps the general public will begin developing?

Monday
Dec172012

Facebook to Launch Self-destructing Message App

Facebook is now testing its own self-destructing message app, much like Snapchat. The popular app allows users to send temporary photo messages, which "self-destruct" after a given amount of time. 

Sources reveal that Facebook plans to launch the app in the coming weeks, before the end of the year.

If the Facebook message app works like Snapchat, then the user sending a photo gets to choose the amount of time that the photo is available for viewing. Once the receiving user has viewed the pic for the given amount of time, the photo deletes itself, from both users' phones. Simultaneously, Snapchat deletes the photo from its serves. (I'm sure we can trust Facebook to do the same thing, right?)

Snapchat recently added video capabilities, as AllThingsD reports here. Somehow, the idea of a bunch of tweens sending self-destructing photos and video feels a little bit icky. Here's hoping their intentions are noble, though. As for us, we'll just be using it to send catty messages about our coworkers.