PSFK Picks: Top Five Apps Of The Week

PSFK Picks: Top Five Apps Of The Week

An interactive graphic novel, a game featuring popcorn smell-o-vision, and more.

Rachel Pincus
  • 16 december 2013

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


Customizable Video Game Puts Players In The Director’s Chair [Video]

FRAMED is a narrative-puzzle game set in a noir comic book world that allows you to rearrange the comic panels to decide the characters’ fates. Though the developers’ pitch featured nothing but stick figures on square bits of paper, the ingenuity of the concept was clear enough to grab the developers an Australian government grant.

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Dreamlike Game Lets Players Walk Through MC Escher’s Mind [Video]

A new iPad game called Monument Valley from ustwo London combines the visual influence of Japanese prints and MC Escher’s optical illusions to trippy visual effect. In it, you guide a princess walking through some gorgeous 3D-detailed monuments as you avoid the ‘crow people.’ You could play it on a smaller screen, but the iPad really does the gorgeous visual details the best justice.

doctor on demand

Healthcare Platform Turns Any Room Into A Doctor’s Office

For hypochondriacs, the under/uninsured or just those who don’t like paying through the nose for quick consultations, Doctor on Demand will pair you up with a doctor in your state for a 15-minute consultation for $40. There are obvious limitations to the service, but the video element means that they can perform a visual inspection of whatever is ailing you, and there’s nothing like having your concerns quickly put to rest by a professional (instead of a rando on Yahoo Answers).


Homeless Man’s App Strives to Save The Environment Through Carpooling [Video]

Leo Grand, a homeless man in Manhattan, re-enacted the old ‘teach a man to fish’ parable by choosing a 16-week coding class with Google Helpouts instead of a cash handout of $100. The result is Trees for Cars, which helps users find carpoolers in their area while promoting some healthy competition over the amount of CO2 saved. “Trees for Cars is a great way to build relationships, strengthen communities, help each-other financially and energy wise, all under the umbrella of saving the environment,” Grand said in an official statement about the app. All proceeds from it will go to assisting him.


Popcorn Brand Gaming Accessory Gives Off Whiffs Of Real Butter

Smell-o-vision comes to mobile: popcorn company Pop Secret has developed a limited-edition accessory called the Pop Dongle that attaches to the headphone jack of a mobile device and emits a buttery popcorn smell. It’s designed to be used during the company’s dangerously addictive free sponsored game, “Poptopia.”


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Concept Camera Designed To Only Take Unique Photos

Camera Restricta is tool that prompts photographers to only capture one-of-a-kind images

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Fragrance Will Release The Smell Of Data If Your Private Information Is Being Leaked

The device is designed to create a physical cue for the potential dangers lurking online


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FOMO Survival Kit Helps Millennials Cope With Social Anxieties

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New York Restaurant Uses Tomato Sushi As Its Newest Meat Alternative

fresh&co is using sous vide Roma tomatoes to create a vegan option that has the texture and taste of tuna

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Red Bull Converts Sao Paulo Payphones Into Data-Driven Bus Schedules

The booths allow city residents to check local transit times through a simple toll-free phone call

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Modular Kit Teaches Kids How To Make Their Own Robots

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Work Table Doubles As A Baby Seat

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Album Turns Into Something New Each Time It’s Streamed

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