The pack includes plug-and-play modules for power, connectivity, and sensing ambient light, temperature and humidity — as well as 2G connectivity that works in a bunch of places. Next to come in this Arduino-compatible system: presence, impact and audio sensing.
Pocket Avatars is a new messaging app from Intel that uses sophisticated face-tracking technology to turn users’ faces into goofy cartoons.
The maker of Atoms connected toys has raised $2.1 million from former Apple executives and Bono. Up next is a ship date for its products that well before the holiday.
Minecraft Reality, co-developed by ‘computer vision’ firm 13th Lab and Mojang, lets fans of the hugely successful game upload their creations into the real world for others to see. And this isn’t some floaty gimmick – we’re talking positioning with sub-centimeter accuracy.
Does your kid want to play with unicorns? You might want to check out the goods at next week’s Toy Fair in New York, where toy makers will show off the latest-and-greatest augmented reality technology that animates once-static games, books, and toys.
For those who ever wanted their own Street View car, similar to Google’s camera on wheels used to capture images for Google Maps, there’s now a small robotic version made out of LEGOs. It’s another example of the growing opportunities that connectivity and sensors bring us.
What’s an iOS app developer to do when a client asks to have a mobile app stress tested by snapping 10,000 images from an Apple iPad? Hiring an intern is one way to solve the problem, but building a LEGO robot might be the better option.
There really is an app for everything now that LEGO has released software that turns an Android handset into a wireless remote control for robots. MINDroid uses a wireless Bluetooth connection and phone accelerometer to send commands to a robot with the flick of a wrist.
Brightcove Partners with Livestream; the two companies have developed a way for customers to incorporate pre-recorded live video streams into Brightcove’s system, or use its players for new, live streams. (Contentinople)
The Lake Gets Johnson & Johnson Sponsorship; it’s reportedly a six-figure deal for the Generate show. (MediaWeek)
Lego Rejects Use of Spinal Tap Video; toy company says a UGC stop-motion video for the song “Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight” can’t be part of the concert DVD. (The New York Times)
Verizon Releases DVR Updates; FiOS Media Manager connects customers’ PCs to their TVs for photo and video viewing; and customers with Net-enabled phones can now remotely manage their DVRs. (emailed release)
300 Million DLNA-Certified Components to Ship by 2012; up from 83 million last year; growth spurred by web-connected TVs. (Video Business)
Berliner Philharmoniker to Webcast 33 Concerts Live; the Digital Concert Hall series opens Aug. 28; full season subscription costs $209. (http://dch.berliner-philharmoniker.de/)
The tricks being used by viral marketing campaigns are getting more and more transparent these days, but I still got fooled occasionally: most recently by the folks at Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners, who may have been revealed as the producers of Giant LEGO Boulder:
What’s embarrassing about this latest failure of my viral marketing detector (the ViralAdVid 3000, patent pending) is that not only did I forget about the previously established relationship between LEGO and LucasArts, I recently acquired the newest Indiana Jones box set, which prominently features a trailer for the new LEGO Indiana Jones game. I thus should have been suspicious when presented with any combination of brown fedoras and plastic blocks, especially in a short with purposefully low production value.
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