A Social Labs Special: Quarterly Technology Round Up

At Big Fuel Social Labs, we are constantly on the lookout for cutting-edge technology that will make a difference in how we connect and communicate. Often, we catch wind of seedling ideas or newly launched startups whose implications may not be obvious at first, but still intrigue us and stimulate our imaginations. Here’s what caught my eye so far this quarter:

The most downloaded app in over 16 countries – Line global messaging service allows Smartphone uses to enjoy free voice calls and text messaging to other Line users.

Line appeals to the budget conscious and creative communicationalist by offering the following features:

  • Creative Emoji: More than 250 original stickers and emoticons express more than just words
  • Group messaging: Create or join groups and chat with up to 100 people at once
  • Shake it: add friends next to you by simply shaking your devices together. You can also exchange your IDs by using QR codes

Self described as “a photo-sharing and discovery app that connects people through the photos they take”, this photo aggregation app mashes up LBS, Instagram filters, Color, Pinterest and Foursquare in one nifty little app. It’s free and available for iPhone and Android.  Check it out and add me as a friend, I’m on as Danielle_Vbf. See you there 😉

Japanese augmented reality LBS App: use it to collect virtual butterflies that represent a different geographic location in Japan. The butterflies are also associated with bar codes that act as coupons that you can redeem in store and give to friends.

Kinect Russian Roulette is a speed project by Theo Watson, which allows you to play Russian Roulette with just your hand and a Kinect.

The project was made in 3 hours at the Art Hack Day at 319 Scholes and is made with openFrameworks 007 and ofxKinect.

“This project is tongue and cheek and is not endorsed by anyone or any brand. Just a ridiculous idea which needed to be made.” – Theo Watson



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