Data Overlaid On The Real World

Ever wondered what the iPhone compass was for?

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Nearest Tube is one of the first augmented reality apps to go live in the iPhone AppStore. Only available to Apple iPhone 3GS users.

Here’s another great app Android app developed by IBM for the Wimbledon 2009 Championships.

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Catchily called the IBM Seer it gives directions and live coverage of everything that’s happening.

GPS and a compass opens up a whole world of new opportunities.

I’m hoping to see lots more of this kinda stuff soon.

Project Natal

This looks really interesting. Both PS3 and Xbox showed off prototype motion recognition at E3.

Sony has a motion control wand (with a strange bulb on the end) that interacts with the PS3 Eye Toy and is very similar to the Wii’s control, Microsoft has presented something completely different – Project Natal.

The cool thing about Project Natal is that there is no controller – you are the controller.

It has full body motion control by tracking 3D movement and it recognizes voices, immersing players into the game. What it promises is amazing.

On a side note, this half-decent launch demo for Natal is on the newly created XBoxE3 YouTube account. I couldn’t find a single official or decent video of the Wand Controller demo uploaded by Playstation. Come on guys.. get with the programme.

Here’s another demo from E3.

Peter Molyneaux gives us a look at Milo, which uses Project Natal for interaction with an on-screen character.

via The TrendWatch / Fresh Creation

Targetted Facebook Ads

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This guy graduated with an MBA and arrived smack-bang in the middle of a job shredding recession. So what did he do?

To try to land a job at Microsoft he bought Facebook ads that specifically targeted employees of the companies he wanted to work for.

It cost him less than $50, and he got over 20 Microsoft employees to contact him offering to help.

Smart thinking

Glug London vs Glue London

Next up in the excellent series of Glug London nights is this little cracker…

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For this event they’ve hired the very cool Queen of Hoxton, roof terrace and basement. The event will start from 6pm upstairs on the roof with a free BBQ (and paid bar).

From 8pm (hopefully just before the sun sets on London town) we’ll move down to the basement where Dan, Ian, Matt and Scam from Glue London will be putting together a short talk and run through of recent work. They’ll also be holding some mini workshops.

Unfortunately due to capacity they can only allow 350 to this event so please get your rsvp’s in quick via www.meetup.com/gluglondon.

It’s gonna be a cracker.. so get registered and get down there..!!

Qapture. Links Inspired By Twitter Chat

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Qapture captures and ranks the links being shared right now by some of the most interesting folks on Twitter.

Think of Qapture as an “of the moment” aggregator inspired by all the chatter about Twitter.

Here’s how it works:

1. They find people who tweet amazing links

2. They grab those links and categorize them by contributor

3. They share them with you and measure their popularity

As a start, they created categories that fall into the field of digital communications – things like strategy and design. Their plan is to broaden these over time, maybe delving into pop culture, food or humor.

Qapture was created by Big Spaceship.

One to watch.