The preverbal fork in the road is one of life’s many promises. You are stopped in your tracks, scratching your head wondering which way you should go, or more importantly, asking yourself “What’s for dinner?”
There has been a ton of excitement built around the iPhone and Android applications dubbed: Augmented Reality Apps. The new Yelp! iPhone app has just been released. The brain behind these applications is the phones compass, camera and GPS system that then combines virtual data with the physical. You phone is now your food radar (or anything else on Yelp), so to speak. For instance, you are out shopping, drinking, streaking etc., and you find yourself having a low-blood sugar fit. You need food pronto but you don’t know where to find it. So, you grab your phone and point and let your navigation begin.
Robert Scoble has posted instructions on how to activate:
Download the new Yelp app (came out yesterday).
So you shake your iPhone 3 times. That activates a feature called Monocle.
A message should come up if you activated it. A blue box will come up saying “the Monocle has been activated.” It will create a button in the top right corner.
Now you should be able to look at the bars, restaurants, etc.
Only works on iPhone 3GS.
So what does this mean for applications? The answers are endless, but here are my two cents.
- Social Networking: For starters, stalking your social networking friends, followers, etc is going to be much, much easier. We might be able to see where Tweets are coming from, where bloggers are and who’s Diggin.
- For job seekers? There could be apps. that show what companies are hiring in your area, so you can walk right in and hand a resume and give a firm handshake.
- For Dieting? It’d be nice to have an Augmented Reality app. that shows the caloric average, per entree, at various restaurants.
- For Dating? This could be awesome! Apps could save us from asking: Romeo, Romeo.. Where Art thou Romeo?
Wow, Andrew van der Merwe has totally raised the bar on sand doodling! I am feeling pretty embarrassed of all my sand messages that I’ve created for someone, took a picture and than gave to them. (Hi Mom!) I have truly never seen anything like this and I love it! There is something so magical about these pictures. It almost looks like a movie set or something post-apocalyptic… it’s amazing.
With ad sales down in the fashion world, Benja Harney created this awe-inspiring concept: a pop-up issue that doesn’t suck. You all know I have a love of pop-ups and a deep appreciation for fashion design, so this concept really speaks to me. Unfortunately this is just a one-off, however, I think it could definitely get some other Magazine and Catalog publishers thinking… very creatively. I love!
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