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Stockholm tourist guide is based on the city’s most popular taxi trips
Travel guides have undergone a huge upheaval with the advent of the web, with more tourists than ever before relying on the opinions of people like them instead of more professional reviews. We’ve even seen real-time digital data such as social media trends and Instagram photos incorporated into guides before. Now Sweden’s Taxi Trails is offering another example, displaying the most popular cab destinations in real-time to offer city suggestions for tourists. READ MORE…
App lets users in 2G zones make free voice calls
Mobile phones are great things, but if there’s no cell or data reception they become pretty useless. We’ve already seen Kan Khajura Tesan enable those in media blackspots to gain access to entertainment through their cell phone, and now nanu is an Android app designed to deliver clear voice calls when only 2G data is available. READ MORE…
Station display shows waiting commuters the best train carriage to get on
When a train arrives into a station, it’s often the case that travelers aren’t spread evenly along the platform and are huddled in the same spot. This is annoying for both commuters and operators because it means carriages get full while others are left empty and leads to longer boarding times. In the Netherlands, the NSReisplanner Xtra app has already offered train users a way to find a seat using their smartphone. Now the country’s Edenspiekermann design agency has developed a platform-length LED display which provides real-time information on carriage crowdedness and other details. READ MORE…
App enables citizens to report water waste in drought regions
Rallying citizens to take a part in looking after the community they live in has become easier thanks to smartphones. In the past, the Creek Watch app has enabled anyone to help monitor their local water quality by sending data back to the state water board. Now Everydrop LA wants to use similar techniques to avoid drought in California, encouraging residents to report incidents of water wastage. READ MORE…
Custom business analytics dashboards for iPhones and iPads
Analyzing the hard figures from your website can be extremely useful, but a bit overwhelming for some. In the past, Echobox has provided action suggestions to go along with its data, and now Numerics is an app that simplifies and customizes business analytics, making it easier for companies to track their numbers using mobile devices. READ MORE…
In Singapore, mobile customers can donate unused 4G to good causes
While smartphones have become an indispensable part of many people’s lives, the monthly tariffs attached to them are often overpriced and limited to a few options that leave customers with excess data or calls each month. In the past, Korea-based mobile operator T’s LTE Data Gift scheme has let those with unused data donate it to family members and friends, and now Singapore operator StarHub has launched the #4Good campaign, which enables customers to give it to projects using technology for positive causes. READ MORE…
Fitness tracker offers real-time granular data for bodybuilders
The market has been flooded with fitness trackers for all kinds of activities in the last few years — including weightlifting — and there’s even been devices such as the Tao Wellshell that lets office workers build muscle on the job. Currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, Italy’s Beast is a sensor and app that accurately track users’ multiple bodybuilding exercises on a rep-by-rep basis. READ MORE…
SmartWalk projects real-time subway info onto the sidewalk
Printed posters offering public information and transport schedules feel almost unreliable in an age where apps can offer details of up-to-the-minute changes and alerts. We’ve already seen Points embed dynamic displays into street signposts, and now TransitScreen has created SmartWalk, a projected display system that lets cities display the latest transport information on any surface. READ MORE…
Service lets web users earn money from selling their data
Most people are uneasy about companies making money from the personal data they make available online, but are happy to turn a blind eye if it means they can continue using services such as Facebook for free. Aiming to give web users more control over what they share, Datacoup is a marketplace that lets anyone sell their personal information direct to advertisers. READ MORE…
Samsung is getting smartphones to cure cancer while owners sleep
Considering how useful smartphones are, there’s still plenty of untapped potential. Locket has already gone some way to earn smartphone owners cash by turning their lock screens into ad space, and now a new app called Power Sleep harnesses the computational power of the devices to crunch data at a time when they’re otherwise not in use. READ MORE…
Electronic tags deliver real time patient data to responders during disasters
During emergency relief efforts, a common tactic among responders is the practice of triage, which involves placing color-coded tags onto patients to determine the severity of their injury and allow medical help to be distributed more efficiently. Now the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology has developed eTriage, a digital wristband system that lets emergency services track injured citizens on the ground. READ MORE…
Sensor kit tracks any aspects of users’ lives and displays them as a storybook
The rise of the quantified self movement and personal fitness trackers have shown that tools for analyzing life data aren’t just for scientists and oddballs, and we’ve seen a few emotion-tracking apps aimed at consumers in the past. France’s Sense Mother is now hoping to help consumers choose the metrics they want to track through a range of multi-purpose sensors and an iPad app that displays the data as a news board. READ MORE…
Russian supermarket brings Amazon-style personalized product recommendations in-store
Online consumers are by now used to getting suggestions of items they might like based on complicated algorithms that take into account their previous purchase histories, browsing data and the buying patterns of other customers, but this technology is lacking from brick and mortar stores. However, Russia’s premium LAND supermarket has now introduced a loyalty scheme initiative that harnesses data analytics to offer customers personalized shopping suggestions, coupons and recipes when they first walk into the store. READ MORE…
Browser plugin tracks kids’ online activity — and whether it’s good for their mental health
Children growing up with the internet can spend much more time using it than their parents, and are often able to navigate their way around it more easily — whether that’s a good or bad thing. Designed for parents who want more control over their children’s internet usage, Mevoked is a new platform that gives parents greater insight into the types of content their kids are looking at, as well as how it’s affecting their state of mind. READ MORE…
Israel’s Greenbox brings digital tech into the garden
Hydroponic systems have become a popular way for city-dwellers to take up urban gardening, and the difficulty of the process has led to the developments of smart technologies such as Bitponics to help users keep on top of their indoor plants. Now Israel’s Greenbox platform is using data from the cloud to offer advice and automate tasks for those with outdoor gardens. READ MORE…