A roundup of the latest, most fascinating apps we’ve learned about this past week.
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:
IKEA is making its move into the mobile shopping game by piloting a new app in Canada that aims to enhance the customer experience. It brings store information right to their fingertips, enabling them to browse IKEA’s range of furnishings and items, check stock availability and product information. The app also enables customers to create shopping lists that include the product’s location for pick-up, and there is a map to make navigating through the store easier.
Microsoft Research has published a new white paper about its house automation software HomeOS, which it has begun testing. The operating system sees in-home devices like consoles, routers, printers, air conditioners and lighting, as peripherals controlled by a gateway PC running HomeOS.
The popular peer-to-peer accommodation service has launched a new feature that aims to match guests with hosts according to their criteria. Guests who need a place to stay within five days can note which locations they’re interested in and the amenities they’re looking for. The push notification system will then send the message to the hosts that fit the requirements and provide the guest with real-time feedback.
A Spanish tech company has developed paving stones that offer wi-fi to passers-by. Known as iPavement, these smart square tiles are embedded with a 5GB microprocessor that communicates with mobile devices nearby. The tiles also provide a selection of apps, available in a number of languages, for people to use when they are in the area.
TweetAFlight is an e-commerce solution developed by Steven Frischling of The Travel Strategist, a social media consulting firm for the airline, aerospace and travel industries. It aims to monetize social media followers by turning airline tweets into transactions and transforming the real-time reach of Twitter into an instant sales channel for airlines and travel companies.