StaffPad: Music Notation App

Okay not going to lie, this is pretty neato, especially for my DJ and music composer friends out there.

StaffPad is a brand new class of notation app, designed to take advantage of the advanced pen and touch input found on Microsoft Surface* and other compatible Windows 8.1 devices. As you write notation using the pen, StaffPad recognises your handwritten music and converts it into a beautifully typeset score which you can further edit, playback, print and share. StaffPad combines the best of working on paper with the best of working digitally, evolving the same process that’s been used for hundreds of years to write countless masterpieces. Natural pen input, detailed orchestral playback and powerful score editing features mean that StaffPad is perfect for professionals, and easy for beginners. For the first time, an entire orchestra is available at the tip of your pen. Getting StaffPad is easy – it’s available exclusively on the Windows Store.

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AppSeed – Turn Your Sketches Into Apps

AppSeed lets you take your sketches and make them into functioning prototypes, bridging the gap between pen/paper and digital, through computer vision.   It allows you to sketch your designs as you normally would and then manipulate your sketches directly on your phone. Unlike similiar products, the use of computer vision speeds up the process and understands your sketches. AppSeed can identify an enclosed space in your sketch, allowing you to make it into a button, input text, map, or another UI element. Making your sketch into a functioning prototype running on your phone.

What makes AppSeed so remarkable is that, by and large, the toolkit knows how to interpret the various boxes and buttons a designer might draw into distinct UI elements automatically.

AppSeed finds enclosed spaces such as boxes and decides what to do with them. Once an element is isolated, there is very little that you can’t do with it.

Right now, AppSeed is just a prototype, but the creators, Leon and Goralski are hard at work getting it out of beta and shipping to Kickstarter supporters by January. You can preorder the app now for just $8 here.

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Sticky Storm – Digital Sticky Note

With Sticky Storm, MINIMAL has conceptualized an intuitive productivity app for capturing, organizing, collaborating, and sharing ideas all within the cloud. It allows users to easily cross-pollinate and share content with a team, while tracking the evolution of the idea from beginning to end.

Sticky notes are ubiquitous throughout organizations that create products and services all over the planet. They are consumed in high volume every day for jotting down information, capturing a fleeting idea, creating reminders, as well as for strategic planning. Their immediacy and temporary nature relieves creative block, organizational paralysis and have become an essential tool for brainstorming in every type of business.

Whether you’re an individual entrepreneur or a corporate innovation team, managing ideas are an essential part of the creative process. In the digital age creative ideas flow at a chaotic pace. Inspirations happen on the go and need to be captured in the moment.  And often our ideas live in more than one place and need to be consolidated effectively.

With Sticky Storm, capturing and sharing ideas has never been easier.

Read more about it here.

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E-Ink Iphone Case

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The popSLATE case literally gives your iPhone 5 a second four-inch E-Ink display on the back. As SlashGear relays, the people behind this novel case are currentlytrying to get $150,000 in funding on Indiegogo.

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The popSLATE team says that you can use the low-power, always-on screen to show a customizable image to decorate the back of your phone. For some more useful applications, the second screen can also show notifications, sports scores, maps, lists, notes, and maybe even an eBook.

On top of that built-in functionality, the company is also building an open API for the second screen that developers can use to create third-party apps.

The case will use the Lightning connector for both power and data exchange, and you control the second screen through a popSLATE app on the iPhone side. The company also says that case can utilize the phone’s accelerometer for some things like double-tapping the back to cycle through images or to accept “Pops” from your friends.

If you want your own E-Ink-equipped iPhone 5 case; the popSLATE cases currently go for $99 in black and white colors.

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Memoto – A Camera That Captures Everything

The Memoto camera is a tiny camera and GPS that you clip on and wear. It’s an entirely new kind of digital camera with no controls. Instead, it automatically takes photos as you go. The Memoto app then seamlessly and effortlessly organizes them for you.

The camera has no buttons. (That’s right, no buttons.) As long as you wear the camera, it is constantly taking pictures. It takes two geotagged photos a minute with recorded orientation so that the app can show them upright no matter how you are wearing the camera. And it’s weather protected, so you don’t have to worry about it in inclement weather.

The camera and the app work together to give you pictures of every single moment of your life, complete with information on when you took it and where you were. This means that you can revisit any moment of your past.

If you liked the project you can support the Kickstarter here.

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Moleskine Smart Notebook For Evernote Digitizes Handwriting And Sketches

Italian sketchbook manufacturer moleskine has teamed up with application developer evernote to create pocket-sized notebooks capable of transforming text into digital files. Together with an app designed specifically for the iPhone and iPad, the program
transforms doodles and writing into a digitized version that becomes searchable and sharable. smart stickers tag specific pages, organizing them into categories for a fast and easy way to track and archive newly created files. The evernote page camera works
by detecting a specially designed dotted pattern on each page, which is optimized to work alongside the mobile software application.

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An iPhone App That Finds Your Keys (And Just About Anything Else)

Since Henry Ford sold the first Model T, people have been losing their car keys, cursing this pocketable tool that never seems to be in one’s pocket. Many of us have been forced to abandon our cars altogether, allowing them to rot in our yard until a decade passes and, amidst vacuuming under the cushions of our couch, we discover them amongst an extra large tub’s worth of popcorn and $100 in pennies.

Now, a new Kickstarter-backed project called Hone ($49) is poised to track our keys at will. It’s an iPhone app that syncs with a Bluetooth keychain. To find your keys, you’ll simply load the app and an onscreen display will point the way in hotter/colder fashion.

“Why hasn’t anyone thought of this sooner?” you may ask. One big reason is that the Bluetooth 4.0 standard is the first to make it possible with its new energy-efficient mode, Bluetooth Low Energy. This allows a single battery to power Hone for several months. And it’s also new enough that Hone had a jumpstart on automakers that haven’t had a chance to build it into their own keys just yet.

“The fact is that it takes a long time for automakers to qualify new technology for use in their cars,” explains Hone designer Geoffrey Litwack. “Typically new parts have to be tested in prototype cars before they’re passed into production, and that process is minimum a year.”

As of now, this innovation jumpstart has allowed Hone to nearly double its $46,000 goal on Kickstarter. But for Litwack, it was the crowdsourced ideating that proved just as valuable for the future of his product.

“We have a backer who is blind, and he asked if we could add an accessibility feature to the app: having the phone vibrate as it got closer to the Hone device in addition to the visual proximity display,” Litwack explains. “He told us that if we would do that, which of course we did, he would be able to use six or seven Hones to navigate the cluster of objects he needs to keep track of as he goes through his day. We think having a Hone to find keys is great, but we never considered its use for the visually impaired.”

As a keychain dongle, Hone is stuck in the middle of major automakers who can quickly make the idea obsolete. As a find-anything-device, Hone is not only tapping into the accessibility market, it could track many small objects of value to anyone around the house–like those important storage keys you only use twice a year, or maybe that one container hiding your social security card and passport.

With a bit of crowdsourced context, it became obvious that Hone could track just about anything. Well, anything except for your smartphone running the Hone app.

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The Little Printer

This Little Printer lives in your home, bringing you news, puzzles and gossip from friends. Use your smartphone to set up subscriptions and Little Printer will gather them together to create a timely, beautiful mini-newspaper.

Connected to the Web, Little Printer has wide range of sources available to check on your behalf. We call them “publications”. Subscribe to your favourites and choose when you’d like them delivered. Right on time Little Printer gathers everything it needs to prepare a neat little personalised package, printed as soon as you press the button. You can get deliveries multiple times a day, but we find once or twice works best–like your very own morning or evening newspaper.

Many of you have probably already seen pictures of this little gadget floating around the web but I felt like sharing to those who havent seen this yet. I think it is an adorable device that is simple yet does it’s intended purpose very well.

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A Bar Code For Everything We Eat, To Make Sure We’re Eating Right

Imagine a database of the DNA of every living thing, and then the ability to find out if what you’re eating is really what you want to be eating. That’s the plan of the Consortium for the Barcode of Life. Soon, your phone will know if that tuna is really tuna.

David Schindel of the Smithsonian Institution talks about a new technology that can help you find out more about the fish on your plate. It’s called a DNA bar code, and the idea is that you’d be able to use your cell phone to scan a bar code on a restaurant menu to learn about the fish you’re eating. Schindel heads the Consortium for the Barcode of Life, an international project that aims to make a digital library of all life by collecting snippets of DNA.

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Milkmaid: The Smart Milk Jug

Introducing the Milkmaid! A project created by the collaboration of Quirky and GE brings a creative and elegant solution to detecting spoiled milk. This design is an hommage to classic milk jugs while bringing the newest technology to solve this simple problem. Milkmaid is a unique home appliance thatnotifies the user via SMS text when its content is low or the milk has gone bad. The jug is embedded with high-tech features such as sensors, GSM radio module, antenna, SIM card and a rechargeable battery. The device will work with an app that connects to the Milkmaid to provide instant stats about the milk, such as temperature, expiration date and how much milk is left. The app can also suggest recipes for regular and spoiled milk, and allow users to re-order milk via online grocery delivery services. Product development company Quirky recently completed the design and engineering phase of the working prototype. If there’s a demand for the product, Milkmaid could be made available for purchase.