All posts tagged ‘bump’

by CalebDecember 10, 2010

Tweetworthy: Santa Gets gVoice, Converse Sampler, Yahoo! Bus Stop Derby, and More

1. Santa Gets A Google Voice Number

"Google has set up a Google Voice number for Santa (855-34-SANTA) where you can leave the big fella a voicemail (obviously he’s too busy to pick up his Nexus S). That’s only half of the fun, however – Google has set up a website ( where you can set up a message that will ring any number in the United States with a personalized message from Santa."

2. McDonald's McCafe Advent Calendar

"Unloqable offers access to digital content but only when users can prove their whereabouts via a location-based service like Facebook Places or Foursquare. So, as soon as they check in at a McCafé using such a platform, they will be given the option to download their gift - be it an animation, short film or piece of music."

3. Small, Cheap Devices Will Disrupt Our Old-School UX Assumptions

"These new smart devices are turning our original desktop-PC-as-hub model on its head. People used to choose between a Mac and a PC and then buy hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars of software, becoming locked into a single platform on a single device. But now there’s a different model forming in which people work with multiple devices on the same data, usually through the cloud."

4. The Sampler iPhone App by Converse

"It operates on the simple premise that people like to try things out before buying them. With it, you can sample any Converse shoe from its catalog, simply by pointing your iPhone at your right leg. Using Augmented Reality to place the shoe you’ve chosen over your foot, it appears just as if you were wearing it. If you like what you see, you can share it on Facebook for your friend’s opinions, or purchase the shoes directly from Converse’s mobile web site."

5. The internet of meta-products

"The 20th century design trend ‘form follows function’ has rendered products that ultimately show their true nature, and are transparent in all of their functionalities. However, in the current world where technology doesn’t constrain the looks of a product anymore, and where it’s increasingly about the digital contents of a product, we start to see innumerous black boxes."

6. Yahoo! Bus Stop Derby

"The Bus Stop Derby pits 20 teams (20 San Francisco neighborhoods) against each other. So choose your neighborhood, rally your fellow commuters, and go break some high scores!  The grand prize is a concert with OK Go that takes place in the neighborhood that wins the Derby. Have fun, and may the best neighborhood win!"

7. Smart Wallets React to Electronic Spending by Refusing to Open

"Designed by a team of researchers at the MIT Media Lab, these high-tech billfolds are digitally tied to your bank account levels, reacting to any fluctuations in your current balance by shrinking in size, refusing to open, or vibrating whenever a transaction is processed."

8. Quora: How will Near Field Communications affect technologies like Bump?

"Bump simulates NFC by cleverly using location and time to make it appear that a device-to-device exchange has occurred.  I suspect that Bump will incorporate NFC so that, if it is on a device with an NFC chip, it uses NFC, and if not, it uses the traditional cloud-based bump exchange."

9. Peel turns your iPhone into a universal remote -- using a wireless external IR blaster

"A little company called Peel has a dramatically different idea -- it's launching the Peel Universal Control system, which is designed to take your iPhone or iPod touch head-to-head with universal remote heavyweights like Logitech's Harmony system."

10. Polaroid Instant Camera hits the Appstore

"The idea of the new application is pretty simple – to provide users with the legendary Polaroid experience on the iPhone. In that sense, you start the app, select from four Polaroid styles (black and white, vintage, colorize and digital) and take photos old school style..."

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by CalebDecember 9, 2010

Mobile Paths: Android Nexus S and Near Field Communication

During last month’s Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Google CEO Eric Schmidt announced the next iteration of Android's operating system would come with near field communication baked-in at its core. This week, Google came through on its promise. Along with a slick new skin, dual camera functionality, and Contour Display, the Nexus S establishes itself as the first Android device to sport NFC technology. It is a sign of what is to come; the Nexus S is the first of many next-gen devices that will influence everything from business to marketing and consumer behavior.

What is NFC?

Near field communication is a short-range wireless technology that enables devices to talk to one another. It is yet another sense for our mobile phones, making them increasingly sentient and allowing them to make our lives easier. It is similar to Bluetooth, Bump, or even QR codes in that it enables interactivity between personal and public devices or objects. While NFC has been around for a while, most notably as FeliCa in Japan, it is only now beginning to gain traction in the United States.

iPhone RFID: object-based media from timo on Vimeo.

What can NFC do?

According to NFCWorld, the Nexus S, in its current state, can only read (not write to) RFID tags. This means that NFC will begin as a simple improvement on existing barcode readers. RFID tags are cheap and cost only cents to produce, meaning they can be embedded in just about anything. By waving a Nexus phone in front of a "smart" poster or t-shirt, users will be able to access complementary content. This is a lot easier than downloading an app, launching it, aligning with a barcode, and scanning. NFC only requires one action. As part of its integration with Gingerbread, the Nexus S also bookmarks tagged items and lets users star their favorites.

It’s only a matter of time before developers tap into Gingerbread for more advanced read/write NFC-based interactivity. The most obvious application will be mobile payments, which will finally become a reality. AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile recently announced its joint effort in creating Isis -- a mobile payments system. Banks like Wells Fargo have been piloting mobile payment systems as well; they've partnered with Visa to activate phones using either NFC chip or protective case.  PayPal is already partnering with brands like Starbucks and is experimenting with NFC through a startup called Bling Nation. We’re guessing that startups like Venmo will reposition (or pivot) around this new reality.

The possibilities for read/write NFC are endless; they include probable applications such as ticketing, couponing, loyalty, and identification. Our keys, wallet, and phone will continue to converge into one master device (one that you won’t want to lose!). Thanks to NFC, the phone will become a mnemonic device and your digital identity. Creatives will use this to push boundaries in entertainment and play; product development teams will begin to integrate RFID into everything from children’s toys to digital cameras. Your phone could soon sense your tablet or netbook and turn off notifications accordingly, making for a more intelligent ecosystem of screens.

Wireless in the world 2 from timo on Vimeo.

How do we approach NFC?

We should think about NFC as one of many paths to interacting with the world around us. QR codes, audio recognition, and search are all mobile paths that link us to the "Outernet", or the cloud-based Internet outside our desktop and overlaying reality. While observing these technologies develop, we've noticed that each is positioning itself for different use cases. Shazam may be best for time-based media like radio or television while Google Goggles works for distance. NFC is all about proximity. In fact, to access information using NFC, a user has to wave his or her phone a minimum of four inches away from a tagged object. This makes it the most intimate, close-up, and personal of mobile paths. Understanding these interactions will allow us to better place them in a user's everyday life.

For brands, it is important not only to understand this new technology, but also to keep people front and center. Mobile phones and NFC serve consumers based on deep and long existing motivations. Understanding these as well as the NFC experience will allow for successful application, and the Nexus S is a great place to start.

by CalebJune 17, 2010

Nokia Commits To Near Field Communication

A little over three years ago, Nokia introduced the first integrated NFC phone to the public. Today, the company has announced its full commitment to the technology; it is to become the first manufacturer to build NFC into all of its smartphones.

NFC World reports:

Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia's executive vice president for markets, has announced that all new smartphones introduced by the company from 2011 will come with NFC. [He] made the announcement during a keynote presentation at the Mobey Forum's 10th anniversary workshop in Helsinki this morning.

Near field communication enables Bump-like interactions and data transfer between phones and other devices. This could mean anything from interactive advertisements to mobile ticketing and LinkedIn exchanges. Japan has seen the benefits of the technology, but infrastructure in the U.S. has been largely nonexistent. Until now, companies have been innovative in producing workarounds; Visa uses PayWave enabled iPhone cases and Canadian carriers support Zoompass Tag. Both of these enable contactless payments in specific retail locations.

With an entity like Nokia backing the technology, adoption could potentially speed up. Other companies like Apple have also been considering applications. Certain Android phone manufacturers promise NFC for early 2011. When these devices reach mainstream users, we may begin to see a new set of behaviors emerge.

by CalebMarch 9, 2010

Barcodes: stickybits Is A Platform For Annotated Connected Objects


Stickybits is a new platform that will officially launch this week at SXSW. Using the stickybits app, users can read or annotate any barcode. Attach and view videos, photos, music, texts, pdfs, and zips. The company calls it "a fun and social way to attach digital content to real world objects."

Also interesting is the ability to be notified when a barcode is scanned, changes location, and is tagged with new information. stickybits has teamed up with RedLaser and SimpleGeo to make this possible.

This is an exciting development, as it provides anyone with easy entry to mobile experimentation. Not only can users scan and tag barcodes, but the company is providing packs of 20 vinyl barcode stickers for $10 a pop. Attach a video to a birthday card, resume to your business card, or even photos to what you're selling on a flyer.

Choose your mobile path and presence, the stickybits wiki is already flowing with ideas. Connecting objects to the web opens up all sorts of possibilites. A few include: multimedia real estate signs, geocaching, and assembly instructions.

We see this platform creeping up alongside startups like Bump, Shazam, and ShopSavvy, all creating new ways for mobile users to interact and draw data from the world around them.

by CalebFebruary 19, 2010

Bump API Lets Users Share Gift Cards, Musical Taste, Notes, and More


Popular mobile app Bump is becoming much more than a networking tool. Along with their recent API launch, the startup held a contest where developers created applications using the Bump interaction.

The winning apps include CheckOut, which lets you share gift cards with friends by tapping your phones together; CloudNote, which lets you swap digital Post-It notes; and SocialFuse, which allows you to connect on Twitter and LinkedIn with someone (again, by tapping your phones together).

Bump lists the runners-up on their website, with apps that let users exchange everything from musical taste to photos.

[via techcrunch]

by CalebDecember 30, 2009

LinkedIn Uses Bump-Like Interaction for Business Contact Exchange


To keep up with the pace of mobile social networks today, LinkedIn recently revamped its offering for the iPhone, bringing the app to version 3.0. With it comes a brand new interface and a feature for swapping contacts while out mingling. "In Person" takes the Bump-like physical action of touching two phones together to help us perceive the wireless transfer of our contact information.

It is interesting to observe the role design plays in these small technological interactions, in this case a Bump puts us psychologically at ease through imitating a physical transaction. Well thought out interaction design like seen in the Mag+ digital magazine concept can go a long way, as it is often the small things that matter. Jack Dorsey's Square uses a real card-swipe and Business Card Reader implements image recognition to achieve similar results. Expect to be bumping more in the future as the company that started it all just opened up their API to developers everywhere.

[via venturebeat]

by AllisonNovember 18, 2009

Most Intriguing New (Mobile) Businesses

BusinessWeek just came out with a roundup of the "Most Intriguing New Businesses," which include a handful of mobile start-ups we've been watching. Here we get all meta and do a roundup of their roundup...


CitySourced's iPhone application lets people snap pictures of potholes, graffiti, and other annoyances and send them directly to the right person at City Hall.

Also see: @TC50: Mobile StartUps that Build Upon Human Behaviors



One of the hottest free iPhone apps, this software from Bump Technologies lets users share personal contact information and photos simply by bumping two phones together.

Also see: MobileBehavior TV Episode 5: Will Mobile Kill The Business Card?



FitBit sells a $99 gizmo that tracks movement, exercise, and sleeping patterns. The data zips wirelessly to a Web site, where you can chart your progress.



Layar has created free software that lets smartphones deliver "augmented reality"—text and images laid over scenes viewed through a device's camera.

Also see: WTF Augmented Reality Parts One and Two



Sense Networks' technology, which crunches real-time, location-based data from wireless carriers and cars, can be used to craft next-gen marketing and ad campaigns.

Also see: Find Your Tribe With CitySense

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