This is a very clever use of technology and paper together. Drawnimal is available for ipad and iphone and let’s your kid add their imagination to the technology – and learn their alphabet at the same time. I hope we see more and more stuff like this appearing for children (and adults). Find out more here (via notcot)
Cute and clever – “From acclaimed author and illustrator Christoph Niemann comes this interactive picture book. Swipe and tap the 21 animals and be surprised at how they react. This app combines the charm of hand made animations and Niemann’s wry humor with state of the art technology. What would an elephant in your bathroom do? Can a dog breakdance? A storybook app unlike all others!”- and one of my favorite lines on an app page ever
“* No english required; animals don’t speak english”
When you are as obsessed with people and ideas as I am, you can’t help be amazed by brains and how they work. So when I got a message about this Indiegogo project in my inbox my brainwaves must have danced. Muse is a brainwave sensing headband (yes, go back and read that again) – It then sends those brainwaves to your smart phone or tablet showing you how well your brain is performing; and also translates your brainwaves into instructions to interact with content on your iOS or Android device. Watch the video below – and expect a blog post from me next summer about how amazing it is. Find out more here
Overgram is an iphone app that lets you add text to your instagram photos – it’s free and it looks pretty cool. I’m going to download it despite my fear that instagram is about to turn into motivational photo hell… I’m putting my trust in people here! From the app store. - You can follow me on instagram and see if I use the app – my user name is aileen_be
I like the way these guys think – let’s take audio conferencing and make it more visual. It seems to make a lot of sense. A simple to use interface that let’s you see who you are listening to, allows you to mute, exclude (via headphone icons) certain people at certain times, and link to extra information (social media etc) about the participants. The person speaking is highlighted. I am testing it with clients at the moment and it does exactly what it says on the site. And you can use it for free – find out more here (invite your friends and you unlock more features).
This is an interesting concept – GymPact is based on a simple idea. You make a pact to workout a set number of times a week, and if you do that you earn real money for your efforts (it’s not enough to give up your day job) BUT…. if you miss your workout you pay them (an amount you have committed to). It works on the premise that the people who miss their workouts will fund those who keep their commitments. Clever…. I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks like they are working on a version that works with fitbit so I’ll definitely test it when that happens. (It is already compatible with your local gym and runkeeper) Watch the video below to learn more.
If this works it could apply to all sorts of things – hmmmmmm - Find out more here
I thought I was done downloading new clocks to my ipad / iphone but that was before I saw this one. The Chameleon Clock uses the the camera on the back of your device to either sample the colour of whatever is behind it or, play a live video feed. In Chameleon Mode the background color of the screen is constantly updated to match whatever is behind it- perfect for us minimalists. Find out more here, (via notcot)
I just got my email that “clear” is ready to launch – this simple to-do list may change the way we think… or not. I’ve downloaded it already, I’m always willing to give clever a chance. Find out more here.
It may not be flashy or have any angry birds but this is still my go-to ipad app. SoundNote is the best note taking app around.
It tracks what you type and draw while recording audio, so you’ll never worry about missing an important detail.
While playing back your recording, just tap a word; SoundNote will jump right to that point in the audio.
I love it because it means I can pay attention to the important thing in a meeting – the people! I get to really listen, may eye contact and not worry about the details. I draw little pictures if something important is said, and later I know I can click the picture and hear what happened at that time. I can also email the sound files to myself to keep.
It’s simple to use, cleverly worked out and I rely on it daily. It may be the most useful $4.99 I ever spent.
Aileen is a graphic designer turned cynical motivational speaker who is obsessed with clever ideas and the creative process. She is a published author, columnist, award-winning speaker and English. She helps businesses create, develop and launch ideas to help marketing, culture, customer service and profits.