PSFK Picks: Top Five Apps Of The Week
A roundup of the latest, most fascinating apps we’ve learned about this past week, from QR code dating to figuring out how 'walkable' your neighborhood is.
Each week PSFK features many new and innovative apps. To highlight popular picks, we’ve compiled a few of the most interesting and creative apps written about on the site this past week.
A website called Walkonomics rates your surroundings by street to better inform pedestrians everywhere of the best and worst areas for walking. The online source covers approximately 600,000 streets in the US and UK and retrieves its information from government-sourced open data and user feedback.
A bar in Singapore wanted to make it easier for shy locals to meet each other at the bar, so they introduced ‘Bottle Message,’ adding QR code tags to beer bottles that let you enter a message when you scan them.
An app called Work+ uses satellite technology and a list of your workplace preferences to explore your local area for spots to try. A user can either search for a specific place name or fill out a survey to begin the process.
An algorithm from Swiss researcher Pedro Pinto is able to uncover the source of rumors, an epidemic or a crime across both simple and highly complex computer networks. It analyzes a small collection of data points within a network and works back from there to determine the origin.
For today’s workforce, apps are tools which cover a range of work-related topics from accounting and expenses to productivity and even language translation, placing instant expertise within easy reach.
During a webinar on Thursday July 13th at 10am, the PSFK research team will be presenting findings from our most recent report, Future of Manufacturing. For this project, we looked at how brands and organizations can meet elevated consumer needs and combat increased market competition by leveraging connected technologies that give total insights to manage their end-to-end operations and the opportunity to integrate cutting-edge technologies to reinvent supply chains.
Christina Agapakis, creative director at Ginkgo Bioworks, discussed how she uses her background in science and collaborates with engineers, designers, artists and social scientists to explore the many unexpected connections between microbiology, technology, art and popular culture.