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Stick-on knobs let iPad DJs mix with physical dials
Music consumption has almost completely lost its physicality since the advent of digital, with entire back catalogs available at the click of a button. Musicians and producers themselves are now using virtual instruments and equipment such as DAW software and tablets have given rise to the iPad DJ. Catering to the latter in particular, Tuna Knobs aim to bring the tactile control of mixing desks to tablets, with attachable buttons that work with multiple DJ apps. READ MORE…
iPad-integrated kitchen scale could turn an amateur into a pro chef
Consumers are already using their tablets and mobile devices in the kitchen in place of their battered old cook books, so it’s not too much of a leap to imagine appliances that can sync with them to make cooking a bit easier. In the past, we’ve seen the Prep Pad measure the nutritional content of the items being chopped on it, and now Drop is another smart kitchen scale that can adjust recipes on the fly if users put too much of one ingredient in. READ MORE…
Device6 is a playable mystery novel for iPad and iPhone
Although e-reading platforms are designed to replace traditional books, the digital nature means it’s much more flexible. We’ve already seen the Black Crown interactive book enable readers to purchase each chapter with micropayments, and now Device6 is using the iPad’s game mechanics to offer a narrative that requires readers to twist, turn and zoom into the text. READ MORE…
iPad app enables homeowners to buy original art for USD 250
We’ve already seen Artsy provide a way for anyone to browse the world’s art, with facilities to buy a piece for themselves. However, a lot of original art isn’t in the budget of typical households. ARTtwo50 is a platform that sells one-off pieces for USD 250, with users able to see what it might look like in their home through augmented reality. READ MORE…
Concept store enables customers to make and share their own digital ‘look book’
One thing that fashion trends often rely on is consumers spreading the word – something that Replay’s Social Denim jeans picked up on with their instant sharing facility. Now the recently opened Karl Lagerfeld Store in Amsterdam is enabling online sharing of new looks straight from the changing room. READ MORE…
iPads connect new moms with babies in intensive care
Apps such as Apple’s FaceTime have helped offer a more visual connection between contacts in different locations, and we’ve already seen similar technology applied in innovations such as A Story Before Bed, helping grandparents and distant parents to read bedtime tales to children from remote locations. Now the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has launched a new scheme dubbed BabyTime, with the aim to enable hospitalized moms to check on and interact with their newborns in intensive care. READ MORE…
Mouth-controlled stylus makes touch devices accessible to disabled users
Much the way the Splash line of games uses special controllers to increase accessibility for disabled kids, so the Griffin MouthStick Stylus aims to provide wider access to touchscreen devices. Specifically, the mouth-controlled stylus aims to help those with limited use of their hands enjoy the benefits of smartphones and tablets based on touch technology. READ MORE…
Serialized iPad novel unlocks extra content only at real-world locations
Often the enjoyment of a creative work can be enhanced by location, and we’ve seen this demonstrated before with the Bluebrain app, which reveals audio content specific to the area the listener is walking through. Now a similar innovation, this time in the publishing world, comes in the form of a new iPad novel titled The Silent History, which presents readers with short excerpts each day and offers additional content when they travel to specific real-world locations. READ MORE…
iPad magazine turns news into art via ‘comics journalism’
The recent demise of The Daily may have cast some doubt on the feasibility of the iPad-only model of publishing, but Symbolia is now attempting a novel twist. Specifically, Symbolia is a new iPad magazine that uses classic comics illustration to help bring the news to life. READ MORE…
iPad platform aims to replace the receptionist
It seems that tablets are becoming increasingly effective at performing the tasks of customer facing roles, which is why companies such as The Robot Pub Group have taken to using the devices to allow patrons to help themselves. Now the Reception Messenger iPad platform is hoping to do the same for administration, offering a way for office visitors to check themselves in. READ MORE…
In London, smart street lights will be controlled through iPads
Tablet computers have proven themselves to be more than useful for businesses, and we’ve seen the devices come in handy for better patient-doctor communication, automatic drinks ordering and teaching kids how to email. Now Westminster City Council in London is investing in iPad controlled streetlights to save energy and aid engineers. READ MORE…
Platform helps patients understand doctors’ explanations
For children, being diagnosed with an illness can be daunting, especially if they’ve never heard of the disease, which is why innovations such as the Medikidz comics may come in handy. However, adults can be left equally in the dark if they don’t fully understand a medical procedure or can’t remember everything the doctor has told them about their condition. Aiming to fix this problem, JiffPad is a new iPad app that lets doctors explain health issues visually and digitally, meaning patients can access the information at home. READ MORE…
Free app lets parents create iPad games for their young kids
Games have long helped parents educate and interact with their young children, but the advent of mobile technologies has expanded the possibilities considerably. Enter TinyTap, a free app for the iPad that lets parents and kids turn their shared experiences into personal and educational games. READ MORE…
At zoo, iPad system improves human-animal communication
Although human-animal communication can be limited, we’ve seen services attempting to bridge the language gap with innovative ideas such as the in-house animal psychic at Oregon’s Hotel Monaco. Now, Jungle Island in Miami is incorporating iPads into its Orangutan School in an attempt to better understand the primates and encourage interaction between visitors and animals. READ MORE…
Software enables 180-degree pannable movies for the iPad
The rise of 3D film and TV has been a major breakthrough for directors, but the fact remains that when watching video, viewers typically have no control over the perspectives and angles they get to see. Now, software startup Condition One hopes to change that with technology that lets anyone use existing cameras to create 180-degree pannable movies for the iPad. READ MORE…