Today Show And Augmented Apps
Spoke to Cameron this morning about augmented applications for smartphones. At its most basic, an augmented application crosses virtual reality with smartphone technology by using the ‘phone’s camera as the conduit by which the application works.
First up we looked at Upsies, which is a football app whereby the ball itself is not real, but you trying to juggle it is. It is designed for kids who like football and allows you to challenge your friends at how many juggles you can use. In the near future you will be able to juggle between each other as long as you both have a smartphone with the app on it. It is retailing for $0.99 and is only available for the iPhone.
Then there was Layar, which at its most basic is one of the more practical applications available. It allows you to find the nearest ATM, pizza joint, public toilet or any type of convenience or store by adding a different layer to the application. It also gives you the distance to the desired place, as well as the phone number of the restaurant or place you wish to visit. This is free to download from the Android app store.
Finally, there was the CBA application, which will be very handy for home owners and buyers alike. Using GPS technology, this application allows you to walk down a street, point the camera at a house and tell you how much it last sold for – it give a price range usually to the nearest $50-100,000, the year it sold and the exact address. This could be handy for home buyers, but also realtors as well. This application is not available right at this moment, but is expected to be available by July 30th via the Apple app store.
On 2UE I showcased the Kaiser Baas MusicMaker, which allows you to back up your vinyl on your PC. It will help you automatically balance out the sound.
We also talked about how a lot of CE gear like phones and even watches have built in GPS devices so you can be traced. Steve mentioned that in Korea a lot of parents have these attached to their children’s portable gear in order to trace them if they go missing.
First call this morning was from Robert who wanted to know if the iPhone be like for remote areas. It should be a lot better, because then new handset will have both frequencies bands.
David was thinking of replacing his GPS with a new one that has all the bells and whistles. I used a Garmin Nuvi 3790T while in Melbourne yesterday, which uses voice activation technology. It costs about $500. A good Tomtom is about $250. David has to make sure he asks about maps updates or free ones because some vendors don’t give free updates, which will eventually make the unit redundant.
Val recently bought a digital radio and found that there is a time lag between analogue and digital units. Digital is a few seconds behind because the radio station has to encode what the announcers are saying so there is as about 1.5 seconds delay.
Rod had an enquiry about old video tapes that he wants to save and his camcorder died a few years ago. The hardest thing is to get the vision off the tape, and once you have the device that outputs you are good. One way is a capture card but to actually get the tape onto your PC, you could possibly try the DVDirect VRD-MC3 from Sony, however, this might only be for VHS tapes.
Dave is off the US and wanted to know if he bought an HTC Desire whether it would work here. Yes it would, but he needs to make sure he buys it unlocked (this means it is not hooked up to a provider). Check on the back of the box that it can sit on the 850 frequency, which is the Telstra frequency
About Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown is one of Australia's foremost commentators on consumer lifestyle technology. He publishes, produces and hosts CyberShack, is Channel 9's technology expert, and hosts Life & Technology and 2GB and NewsTalk 4BC.
Charlie is able to communicate, educate and inspire a huge audience, without confusing technological jargon.
Life & Technology is on the air Sunday mornings at 10am on 2GB and NewsTalk 4BC.