Online dating meets daily deals, and an Audi you can drive with an iPad. 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:
Coffee Meets Bagel is a dating site meets daily deals site. Each day, users are sent a match (called a “Bagel”) at noon and they can choose to ‘like’ or ‘pass’. If both people accept the match, they are then given a discount for a local date spot and connected via SMS.
Audi commissioned track builders from Slot Mods USA to handcraft the course and made Audi A4 slot cars from scratch. An industrial laser scanner was used to generate the digital outline, then body shells were created on a 3D printer and paired with separately sourced four-wheel-drive slot car chassis. A custom iPad app was developed to control the cars, with drivers using a digital thumb control interface to regulate acceleration and deceleration.
UK-based technology group OMG has launched a new camera developed by its consumer division, OMG Life. ‘Autographer‘ is a smart, wearable device that automatically takes pictures throughout the day, snapping thousands of high resolution photos using its wide-angle lens, ultra-small GPS unit, and five in-built sensors.
BlackSocks have created ‘smarter’ socks with embedded RFID chips to make it easy for you to sort them using your iPhone, ensuring you match the right pair and keep track of your socks. This ‘Plus+’ version features a communication button that is a unique identifier for each sock. A Sock Sorter scanner and free iPhone app can be used to pair the socks when they arrive, and you can then view all sorts of details about the individual socks.
Researchers at MIT have developed a prototype sensor system that would let first responders in disaster zones create digital maps so those not present could get a detailed description of the area. The wearable system automatically creates a map of the environment using a laser rangefinder, accelerometers, gyroscopes, and a camera.