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Tuesday
Mar252014

Furry Facial Recognition? New App IDs Missing Cats and Dogs

With facial recognition technology popping up everywhere, it was only a matter of time until someone applied it to our pets.

A new iPhone app called PiP (or, Positive Identification of Pet) is designed to help owners find their missing cats and dogs more easily. When Fluffy goes missing, the owner can upload a photo of him to the app. The software runs a facial recognition search against a database of pets that have recently been found in the area.

Meanwhile, the owner can issue an "Amber Alert" to local veterinarians, rescue agencies and other organizations to ask them to keep a lookout for Fluffy. The Amber Alert can also be extended to Twitter and Craigslist to get other people in the area involved.

According to the Daily Mail, the Humane Society says that about 4 million animals are reported missing every year in the U.S. Worse still, only about 15 percent of dogs without microchips are ever found by their owners. Although the PiP app isn't the ideal solution -- mainly, because it depends upon someone finding your pet, knowing about the app and actually taking the time to upload the animal's photo -- it could certainly be helpful for many. And we love the idea of furry facial recognition for any pet whose owner thinks of as part of the family.

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!

Tuesday
Jan222013

Will the iPhone 6 Feature a Biometric Fingerprint Lock?

This week, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the great iPhone soothsayer, announced his guesses for Apple's iPhone 6, slated to be released sometime this year. We're most intrigued by whispers of a biometric fingerprint lock function. Mind you, it's not the same as the swipe-to-unlock feature. With biometrics built in, the iPhone would recognize your unique fingerprint and unlock itself with just the touch of your index finger.

The writing's on the wall: As many readeras remember, Apple aquired AuthenTec in July 2012. The company develops mobile device security technology that uses fingerprint sensors and identity management. And let's face it: Apple is overdue to release a game-changing update. By late summer, we should know if they stepped up to the task.

Friday
Nov092012

Pepper Spray iPhone Case Provides Personal Security

Your smartphone gives you restaurant and movie reviews, directions at the touch of a button and social media access, 24 hours a day. Now, it also helps keep you safe from would-be attackers.

The Spraytect Pepper Spray Phone Case is a new personal protection device that combines a smartphone case with a detachable pepper spray cartridge. It has a quick three-step firing process that is designed to protect the user from accidentally spraying himself in the face.

Spraytect is just one of the more recent personal protection devices and apps on the market. There's also Coyote Case, which broadcasts emergency messages to a pre-determined contact list; MYFLARE, which makes use of all your phone's capabilities - including text, audio, video, email and GPS - while calling 9-1-1; LiveForce, which provides real-time alarm response from a monitoring center; and so many more.

I think these are a great idea, but does anyone actually use them?

Tuesday
Jun122012

Stiktu Augmented Reality App Lets Your Reimagine Your World

Photo courtesy The Next Web

Stiktu is here!

After its initial European launch last year, the augmented reality app is available today for download worldwide. The social and user-generated app allows uers to tag and add their own content to any scannable surface. On Earth. All you need is an iPhone or Android smartphone.

Add drawings, text, images and even stickers to paintings, magazines, posters, ads and more. Add to another user's existing creation, or leave your own for other people to find.

Users can connect by linking, sharing and commenting on real-world items and objects that have been tagged virtually via the app. It's like visual Facebook, only a seemingly better way to share your world with others. So, get sharing!

Download Stiktu for Android here or iPhone here.