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PSFK Picks: Top Five Apps Of The Week

PSFK Picks: Top Five Apps Of The Week
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A roundup of the latest, most fascinating apps we've learned about this past week.

Dory Carr-Harris, PSFK
  • 20 december 2011

Each week PSFK features many new and innovative apps. To give the best their due, we’ve compiled a roundup of the most interesting and creative apps written about on the site this past week:

Buick's In-Store AR App Invites Consumers To Interact With & Buy Its New Model

Buick’s In-Store AR App Invites Consumers To Interact With & Buy Its New Model

Buick is using an app powered by Aurasma to enable consumers to learn more about its 2012 LaBrosse model. The Buick Best Tech app will be featured at the Wired holiday pop-up shop in New York City until December 24th, where consumers can browse and buy gifts selected by Buick and Wired magazine. The branded app can be used on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

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App Leverages Gaming Mechanic Of Peer Pressure To Embarrass Snoozers

OKITE is a free mobile app from Japanese developer Eureka that motivates users to wake up by threat of embarrassing, random ‘tweets’ broadcast across their social networks. When the alarm goes off, the app offers users a choice between getting their day started on time or hitting the snooze button and suffering the consequences. The app syncs to a user’s Twitter account and sends out embarrassing tweets for hitting the snooze button.

Mobile App Measures How Good You Are In Bed

A Swedish ad agency came up with an innovative way to promote safe sex among young adults. Ester handed out 50,000 condoms that were embedded with a unique QR code. When the barcode is scanned, it installs an app on your smartphone that can measure factors of your love making session such as sound, duration and rhythm. Each time the app is initiated, it reminds the user to put on a condom first before beginning a new session.

Holiday Shopping Stress? There’s An App For That

Christmas Wrapped, an app by 3 Sided Cube, enables you to take contacts from your phone and organize them in a list, along with budgets for each person. And, for the indecisive relative, it even makes gift suggestions based on age, gender, and budget. The app will show you where to get certain gifts, and will keep track of your budget, so you needn’t fear the damage when it arrives next month.

Microsoft Releases New All-In-One Tag, QR And NFC Reader

Microsoft recently launched their updated, all-in-one, QR Code and Tag reader, that also has the ability to interact with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology.

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Amazon Is Experimenting With A 30-Hour Work Week

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Mobile Travel App Embraces Cognitive Computing

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A residential space is being designed for commuters to easily transport goods

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Nike Takes Over An Entire City Block With A Giant Running Track

The Unlimited Stadium is shaped like a 100-meter sole print of the brand's LunarEpic sneaker

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This Picture Frame Could Be The Lava Lamp For A New Generation

Slow Dance makes real objects appear to move in slow motion

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Managed By Q, Soma, Workbar, Primary, AltSchool and thinkPARALLAX examine the ways that a people-first workplace might disrupt the job hiring process

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Airport Mural Puts Passengers In The Clouds

The installation in an Amsterdam terminal lets travelers float through a series of billowing 3D digital shapes

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DevBot Is An Intelligent, Driverless, Electric Car

The unmanned test vehicle from RoboRace is a preview of upcoming AI race models

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Turn Any Wearable Into A Mental Health Tracker

Cognition Kit is a software platform that lets people track and better understand their cognitive states

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AR Ski Goggles Make Racing Down The Slopes Even More Immersive

Israeli startup RideOn weaves digital overlays into the thrill of skiing with an unconventional pair of protective eyewear

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Japan Wants To Make 2020 Olympic Medals From Recycled Electronic Waste

The Tokyo Games could showcase the first-ever gold, silver and bronze awards made from discarded phones and computers

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This Small Town Has Become A Hide-and-Seek World Championship Destination

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