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Too Tired to Swipe? Try Aviate Smartphone App

If swiping your smartphone to get to your favorite apps is too tiring, another app may be the answer. Aviate surfaces apps based on time of day. Is it worth the download?

FiLIP Smartwatch Protects Kids From Danger and Angry Birds

The FiLIP is a kid-friendly smartwatch that packs GPS, cell-service and wi-fi on to your kids’ wrists. All of the “but what if I need to call you from school?” excuses cited by kids when looking for the Christmas iPhone are covered by the FiLIP. Best of all: You’ll save your kids the inevitable app addiction that comes with online marketplaces and free games.

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Manga Generator lets you step inside a Japanese manga comic

Manga Generator, under development by the Shirai Lab. at the Kanagawa Institute of Technology, lets you create your own personalized manga comic.

"For a story created in advance, you take up your desired pose. Then, the shader runs in real time, converting the image to manga style. The biggest feature of this system is, it observes a person’s posture, chooses a background to match, and synthesizes the two."

"When you complete the experience, you get a print-out like this, to create an original manga. There’s an advertisement on the back, and because people aren’t likely to throw away a manga with themselves in it, this is considered a very effective means of advertising."

"For example, manga-style smartphone pictures are very popular right now. But the main feature of this system is, you can put yourself into a manga story by moving your whole body freely."

"The real-time manga shader still has room for improvement, so we’re working to enhance the image quality. Then, there’s the issue of layout. We’ve made great progress on layout with text in the right places, and interactive stories. Some aspects of this research can be applied to e-books and interactive e-books."

"As an industrial application, a customized version is on show at Manga Kingdom Tottori. That’s being experienced by hundreds of people every day. So, commercial applications have also advanced quite a lot."

Ad-Tech Gold Rush Is On

Everywhere you look, people are using smartphones and other mobile devices. When you combine that with the billions of dollars spent on advertising each year, you get advertising technology.

We head to Metamorphic Ventures, a venture capital fund that runs an incubator for ad-tech startups, to learn more about the sector and the new opportunities for ad-tech startups. 

Turn Your Smartphone Into a Robot

Kickstarter Romotive have created an affordable robot that utilizes the processing power of a smartphone. The WSJ’s Michael Kofsky talks about why this innovation could power the future of robotics.

Pebble: E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android

Pebble is the first watch built for the 21st century. It’s infinitely customizable, with beautiful downloadable watch faces and useful internet-connected apps. Pebble connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages. While designing Pebble, we strove to create a minimalist yet fashionable product that seamlessly blends into everyday life. 

Reengineering bicycle design with Tech 3.0

When we typically think of high tech travel, we start with aviation and end at automotive travel. Bicycling has always remained an antiquated mode of travel for the young, healthy and green consumer. Well, the designers at Visiobike intend to change that.

With capabilities to plug in your smartphone to derive travel analytics, cameras for rear view monitoring, gps plugins to track the location of your bicycle and security pins to engage and disengage your bicycle, this $6,000 bicycle hopes to reengineer the experience and the notion that bicycles cannot be high tech.

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