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Xerox Rochester Jazz Fest Swings With Augmented Reality App

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 31, 2012 03:09 PM

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival is now available beyond upstate New York via an augmented reality mobile app called “Jazz Finder.”

A series of jazz genre posters placed throughout the city during the nine-day festival lets users scan any poster with the iPhone or Android app which provides historical information, sampling from the 110 festival artists and tracking of musicians' set times, and snap photos with an artist’s AR avatar for sharing on Facebook and Twitter.

"As creative technologists, we are inspired by the immense contribution Xerox continues to make to the computer-science revolution," comments Motive CEO Brian McSweeney, the New York/Dublin-based digital agency that produced the campaign in collaboration with Xerox and Roberts Communications.Continue reading...

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IBM THINK: A Virtual Time Machine, From NYC Pop-Up to MoMA to Tablets

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 26, 2012 01:19 PM

The new IBM THINK app for Apple iPad and Android tablets is inspired by scientific advances over the centuries, combining history and technology in an "innovation time machine." It’s a virtual timeline of images and historical anecdotes ranging from the history of ancient measurement to modern metrics of atoms with a scanning tunneling microscope, to the Wright Brothers' prototype airplane in 1903 through modern airline mechanical parts simulations and the history of metal detectors.

“Through thousands of images and historical anecdotes, IBM THINK brings to life stories of the history of progress, from space exploration to weather prediction and medical advances,” blogs IBM's head of design, Lee Green. “It documents the roots of Big Data, from early charts and scales to microscopes and telescopes, from RFID chips and biomedical sensors in clothing to breath-sensor diabetes detectors. Given its strong educational bent, the app will even be used to create lesson plans for middle school students later this year.”Continue reading...

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Am I Blue? Sentiment App Color-Codes Your Messages by Mood

Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 14, 2012 11:52 AM

You've heard of sentiment analysis of social media. Now, get ready for sentiment analysis of messages directed at you.

We're not sure if Lorraine Chambers ever sported a mood ring, but the Master's student at the University of Portsmouth has created an app that color-codes messages so before reading them, users can get an indication of the message's tone, and perhaps get a heads up on if they’ll feel better or worse for having read them. As you might expect, green is for positive, red is for negative and blue is for neutral.

"The ultimate objective of this application is to make the user aware of the negative contents they receive so they are able to manage their stress in the best possible way,” comments Mohamed Gaber, senior lecturer at the University of Portsmouth's School of Computing.

"For example, if most of what is received from social media websites by a user on a particular day was negative, it is important that the user attempts to take an action in order to not get stressed, especially if this may affect the individual's performance at work and/or their behaviour at home."

The app (only for Android phones so far) warns users of negative, angry messages from Twitter, Facebook or texts, or contrariwise, heightens anticipation of good news. The technology is based on a desktop equivalent developed at the Eindhoven University of Technology, and analyzes the sentiment of the message itself.Continue reading...

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American Express iPhone App Serves Up Local Offers

Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 15, 2012 04:04 PM

In its latest social spending salvo, American Express has launched a mobile offer engine, a “spend graph”  for U.S. cardmembers that recommends and ranks local merchant offers real-time based on spending history and location.

“We developed our mobile offer engine with three key points of differentiation in mind: relevance, convenience and value,” stated Josh Silverman, president of the U.S. Consumer Services Group at American Express. 

Piloted via the "My Offers" feature on the American Express iPhone app, local offer recommendations will be concentrated in Los Angeles and New York City with an overlay of nationwide merchants such as Baskin-Robbins and Dunkin' Donuts.  

“My Offers” leverages the Smart Offer technology that powers the company's card sync programs with Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare connecting merchants and Cardmembers.

"In an increasingly crowded marketplace, where consumers are bombarded with daily deals, we saw an opportunity to help our Cardmembers save time as well as money by curating meaningful offers for them," added Silverman.

Users can download or update the iPhone app to see "Offers Available for You," along with a dashboard that shows offers added to their card, expiration dates, and savings delivered via a statement credit within three to five days. The brand has also enhanced its Go Social entry tool for SMB’s.Continue reading...

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Digital Watch: De Beers App Makes Diamonds a Retailer's Best Friend

Posted by Barry Silverstein on April 26, 2012 03:03 PM

Long associated with engagement and wedding rings, diamonds may be a girl's best friend. But De Beers, the brand name most closely associated with the coveted stone, aims to make diamonds a retailer's best friend too, with its new iPhone/iPad app.

The De Beers Bridal App allows consumers to review a complete collection of wedding day jewelry, choose an engagement ring and matching wedding band, view videos to get expert information on how to choose diamonds, and go behind the scenes of De Beers' diamond selection, design, and craftsmanship. Leveraging the power of social media, the app encourages the consumer to select their favorites and share them with friends. The consumer can also sign up to receive emails from De Beers.

In a nice touch that will keep retailers happy, the app also offers up the retail locations closest to the user who sell De Beers jewelry and enables the consumer to make an appointment as well as locate the retailer on a map. While the consumer can "arrange a viewing" on the De Beers website, store locations are limited to a few major retailers in key cities.Continue reading...

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Microsoft Taps Augmented Reality for Bing-Powered Translator App

Posted by Shirley Brady on April 19, 2012 10:03 AM

As the Windows team blog puts it, "Nothing takes the fun out of a foreign vacation faster than an afternoon spent deciphering street signs or pointing randomly at menus." That's why Microsoft has released a new version of Bing's free Translator app for Windows Phone, one that you just point at the foreign-language text on (say) a menu or sign, scan the text and get a translation overlaid on the image in your preferred language, all thanks to augmented reality.

The pitch: "Now you can point your phone camera at printed text—street sign, dinner menu, train schedule, newspaper headline—and the app will translate it. If (you) wanted to ask a stranger for directions to the Eiffel Tower, (you)could also just speak into the phone in English—and wait a moment for the French." It's like “automatic subtitles for everyday life,” as Bing puts it. So should Siri worry?Continue reading...

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Barclays Promotes Pingit Mobile Payments App with One Tough Customer

Posted by Sheila Shayon on April 16, 2012 12:04 PM

“Waiting for a mate to pay you back? Let the boy sort it out for you,” is a humorous push by Barclays for Pingit, the person-to-person mobile service for sending and receiving money for free, to anyone with a UK current account and UK mobile phone number.

The TV commercial, promoting the Barclays Facebook-hosted Pingit app, features a menacing child aggressively asking an adult office worker to repay a pizza debt using the Pingit app. The promotion lets users send custom versions of the video to friends who owe them money, encouraging them to settle via Pingit.Continue reading...

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timeRAZOR App Cures "Fear Of Missing Out" (FOMO)

Posted by Sheila Shayon on April 6, 2012 11:01 AM

The timeRAZOR app was a big hit at the South by Southwest Interactive festival in Austin last month as the self-branded answer to the classic SXSWi syndrome of FOMO (acronym alert: "fear of missing out"). The geo-social app, with its "never-miss-out platform" is described as “the final solution to browsing, locating, and attending events for users on a nationwide platform.”

Today (apparently) being Beauty Day (happy Beauty Day!), L’Oreal Vichy, DUANEreade and timeRAZOR are teaming up with Vichy beauty advisors at ten Duane Reade drugstores in Manhattan to offer one-on-one skin analysis.

"The Distillery," timeRAZOR’s event selection engine, aggregates over 300,000 events daily, geo-tags them, then customizes the data by user preference. Leveraging people’s attraction to “exclusive” experiences, the app offers specials and limited-quantity promotions that can be used or cashed in from a user’s location.Continue reading...

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