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Entries in smartphones (19)

Thursday
Apr042013

Facebook's 'Home' Interface Could Invade Your Smartphone

Today Facebook announced new smartphone software that will put social-networking right on a smartphone's home screen, doing away with that whole pesky Facebook app thing.

The new software, called Home, makes it easier than ever to see your Facebook news feed, as well as friends' profiles, photos and more. (Not to mention the fact that Zuckerberg and his team will now be able to sell ad space on your home page.) Home will be available April 12 on Samsung and HTC phones that run Android.

“The problem with apps is they’re a click away from wherever you are,” Carl Howe, an analyst at Yankee Group, told Bloomberg. “Facebook wants to remove that barrier.”

Is this just the next step toward a Facebook phone? Maybe. In the meantime, now our social media obsession is even closer at hand.

Wednesday
Sep052012

Nokia Launches Phones with Augmented Reality 

It's here! Nokia today announced the Windows Phone 8 Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820 snartphones, which feature sweet augmented reality tools.

Check out ComputerWorld's video report on the Windows 8 flagship phones and all their cool AR, image stabilization and photo editing features.

Tuesday
May152012

App Connects Two Smartphones to Take Synchronized Photos

SynchroCam is not just another app. Really, it's a step toward a new age of photography: a collaborative level that is perfect for the social-media world.

SynchroCam lets you wirelessly link multiple devices (on the same wi-fi network or via Bluetooth), freeze a moment in time and save it as a 3D-like animated GIF.

Hopefully, projects like the Apollon concept will come next, allowing your camera to be physically combined with your friends’ cameras. This would let you snap images together to create things like panoramas and 3D photographs. Check out the idea below.

Hey, we can dream. In the meantime, download SynchroCam for free here.

Thursday
Jan052012

David Cronenberg's Gorgeous, Creepy Films to Become Augmented Reality Game

Augmented reality games seem to be everywhere these days, and their inspiration is coming from some pretty interesting places.

Coming soon, renownded director David Cronenberg will see some of his amazing films turned into an AR game. Using GPS software, smartphone cameras, social media tools and more, developers are going to bring Cronenberg's films to life for gamers in what is being described by the Toronto International Film Festival as "stylized social-media meets psychological-thriller game play."

In fact, TIFF has created a job posting for a Project Manager on the Cronenberg AR project. Anyone interested in applying?

For my part, I'm just excited to see what movies will be included in the game, which should be released by the end of next year. eXistenZ is an obvious choice, as is Videodrome. But I wouldn't mind playing an Eastern Promises-themed game either. As long as it isn't too true to life. 

Wednesday
Dec212011

Augmented Reality Pioneer Layar Lets You Augment the World

 

Introducing: Stiktu from Stiktu on Vimeo.

If you’re familiar with augmented reality, you’ve heard of Layar, the company that’s been instrumental in bringing AR to the world of smartphones and tablets. Now, the company is rolling out Stiktu, an app that lets users combine their digital posting with real photos and share them with each other.  

Although the Layar software has been downloaded millions of times already, it’s been a bit too “techie” for most users. After launching in nine European markets on Tuesday, Stiktu may be the app to change all that.

"From the very start we always wanted to give this powerful technology to people so they could use it to their own benefit. With Stiktu we created an app that does exactly that," Layar co-founder Maarten Lens-FitzGerald told Reuters. "Now everybody can publish augmented reality content on anything they care about."

Download Stiktu here, scan an object with your phone and add text, images, sketches or stickers to it. Comment on a ridiculous bumper sticker you see. Edit a book title to speak the truth. Or draw something disgusting on your spouse’s headshot.

Then, share it with other users to share your unique spin on the world. Anyone who scans that item will see your post directly on top of it, no matter where they are in the world. It works especially well with flat, well-lit items like posters, magazines and product packaging, according to Stiktu’s website.