PSFK Picks: Top Five Apps Of The Week

PSFK Picks: Top Five Apps Of The Week

A roundup of the latest, most fascinating apps we’ve learned about this past week.

Carib Guerra
  • 30 june 2012

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:

Smart Umbrella Charges Phones

British telecommunications company Vodafone has unveiled Booster Brolly, an interesting umbrella concept that can be your smartphone’s best friend in times when you need extra battery life or added signal in far-flung regions.

App Promotes Healthy Living By Offering Rewards To Those Who Walk Or Cycle Around London

In anticipation of the expected extra traffic and congestion during the 2012 Olympic Games–and to give Brits an extra incentive to walk to work, Recyclebank and Transport for London have partnered to release an iPhone app that gives users rewards when they opt out of public transportation and choose to walk or cycle to get around instead.

Withdraw Cash From The ATMs Using Only A Smartphone [Video]

Global technology company NCR has developed an app that would essentially allow users to withdraw cash from ATMs by only using their mobile phones. The wireless transaction is enabled through the use of a QR code. Users simply scan the barcode with their smartphone to initiate the transaction.

Device Turns Smartphones Into Wind Meters

Shaka is a small and accurate gadget for your smartphone that measures the wind speed and direction. It plugs into the headphone jack and lets you keep a record of your measurements, share them with friends, and find out where the wind is perfect on a crowdsourced map.

Discreet GPS Tracker Alerts Owner Via Text When Bike Is Stolen

The SpyBike set comes with a small GPS tracker that can be discreetly mounted on a bike. This is accompanied by an electronic keyring that can deactivate the tracker. When the tracker is still activated, it can detect vibrations such as movements. As long as the tracker detects vibrations, the system will then send an SMS alert to the user with the location coordinates every 20 seconds.



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