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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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Manage Your Emotional Health Through Your Phone

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This Shape-Shifting Pod Could Be The Future Of The Cubicle

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