CNet UK has a nice little info-video online (Perhaps we need a new word?) chronicling the history of the iPhone from inception to the iPhone 5 (Which wound up being the 4S actually).
Watch out for the number of transistors inside an iPhone 4, which we compare to an early Intel chip. It’ll blow your mind — and help explain why the whole world thinks it’s normal to be able to find out where the nearest good pizza restaurant is while watching the latest Hollywood blockbuster and tweeting about it.
A surprisingly good combination of information & motion graphics here, makes for a fun watch.
There’s a new iPhone/iPad app out that enables visualization of large 3D models in several popular formats like STL, OBJ, and PLY. From a LinkedIn Post:
The application has been developed by the Visual Computing Lab a research group of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) , the same team that has developed MeshLab, the leading open source mesh processing system. We are going to add, in the next versions, more and more advanced and innovative features to make it become a powerful tool for the presentation, inspection, analysis and review of 3D objects.
It’s an impressive app, similar to Kitware’s KiwiViewer, although this supports more model formats (PLY being my personal favorite addition) and much larger models (up to 2million faces). A free download for both iPhone and iPad.
Randy Krum has a nice roundup of visualization apps for iOS (iPhone and iPad). Some are free, some are paid, but all are neat.
As infographics continue to evolve and grow in popularity, so do the different ways we can view them. A bunch of infographic specific apps have begun showing up on mobile devices. The functions of these apps include viewing world statistics, infographic design portfolios, company dashboards, creating mind maps, finding new apps and exploring your music collection visually.
I really like the “Stats of the Union” application from Ben Fry and others.
Fans of the Superbowl have a great new gadget to play with, courtesy of junaio and USA Today. You can download the junaio app and fire up the “Superbowl 360″ channel and get an interactive tour of the new Texas Stadium with commentary from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
But that’s not all. On Monday, February 7th, you’ll can pick up a copy of USA Today discussing the game and use the junaio to see interactive 3D re-enactments of the photos included in the newspaper. These animations will be created “mere hours” after the game to ensure their accuracy.
Get the full release after the break, get the details at their site, and see their demonstration video below.
If you’re going to be in the neighborhood of the Sundance Film Festival this year, you might want to download the GoldRun app to your iPhone. During the festival, Sorel will be partnering with GoldRun to execute a ‘virtual scavenger hunt’ and place virtual Sorel bears in the area. Find the bear, take a pic, and get a chance to win some Sorel gear.
Sorel has an exclusive partnership with GoldRun that will host the virtual scavenger hunt during the first six days of the festival. Ten virtual Sorel bears will be placed in high traffic areas around Park City. The GoldRun app,available free from the Apple iTunes store, lets people track down, interact with and collect the virtual Sorel bears. People who pose with the Sorel bear can email a picture via the GoldRun app for a chance to win Sorel boots, like the popular Joan of Arctic, for women, and the 1964 Premium, for men, access to VIP-only events, including Sorel happy hours, and cool prizes. Participants are encouraged to upload their photos from the festival to the Sorel Facebook page.
The app seems pretty basic, image and model overlays onto live video tracked via the Compass and GPS of the iPhone. You can download the app here, and try your hand at winning some free stuff.
I’m currently very puzzled, however, by the sample images that show the iPhone running on T-Mobile.
Full press release after the break.
A neat little app has just popped up on iTunes for the iOS systems that combines text recognition, image processing, and language translation into a smooth augmented reality system. ’Word Lens‘ processes video from your iPhone or iPod Touch in real-time and removed text, and replaces it with replacement text of a selected type.
Instantly translate printed words from one language to another with your built-in video camera, in real time! Use Word Lens on vacation, business travel, and just for fun.
The free demo mode just replaces with nothing or backwards text, but you can buy $5 packs (in-app) for English and Spanish translation. A great little idea, and probably one of the few apps I’ve seen that I would really call Augmented Reality.
See above a screenshot of the free demo pointed at my GTC Coffee Mug. Of course it has trouble with the ‘GPU’ part on the left (probably because GPU isn’t a word), but it recognized and reversed ‘Technology Conference’ with surprising accuracy.
The Pixel Farm has released a fun new gadget called ‘AirGrade’ completely free, bringing some of their colour-grading prowess to the masses. It opens a full world of professional film & TV grading tools to the user, all controllable via a fun iPhone app.
To grade an image using Airgrade, users roll a 3D trackball and rotate a radial wheel on their iPhone to adjust precise tonal ranges using Lift, Gamma, Gain controls – recognised by professional colourists as Shadow, Midtone and Highlights – plus a Saturation control for overall colour intensity. The result appears interactively on their Mac, and on any other connected monitoring device, such as a digital projector. A shake of the iPhone resets the parameters, allowing a fresh grade to be made.
Get the full details after the break.
John Carmack has successfully brought his gaming-engine prowess to the iPhone and iPad with the new game ‘RAGE’.
RAGE comes to your mobile device with the hit of the wastelands, Mutant Bash TV! This intense first-person rail shooter casts you in the starring role of a post-apocalyptic game show where you’ll be stalked by hungry mutants while you scour pulse-pounding levels for ammo and cash pick-ups. Make a deal with J.K Stiles, the show’s menacing host, and see if you have what it takes to survive this carnage-filled carnival of death!