Battery life can be the answer or phone throwing annoyance that does and doesn’t allows us to endlessly text and use smartphone’s to their optimum capacity. But if you don’t want to be tethered to a wall outlet like a mother leashed to a child there’s a new solution you can partake in with friends: ChargeBite. The keychain dongle lets you borrow battery juice from a friend’s iPhone or iPad to charge your own.
Being marketed as a social charger, the pocket size device transfers power as fast a USB port could supply juice to a drained device. There is no need for power outlets, USB ports or charging cables, there’s just the ChargeBite to fuss with – which also needs no pre-prep it simply is the middle-man in device power transferring.
Getting to where you need to be in the best way possible is a smooth journey with Corral Rides. Utilizing multiple travel sources the app aggregates data to provide the best options in one app. Simply enter your destination and the app spits out pricing and schedules for available options with Lyft, Sidecar and Uber availability as well. NextBus integration also lets users figure out if you’ll need to get a move on or can saunter to the next transit commuting option.
Developed by Snir Kodesh and Noam Szpiro, former Ooyala engineers, the app is best used in San Francisco because of the third party API’s it uses, but can also be used to find travel routes easily by dropping two pins on the map. You can download Corral Rides on the App Store for free.
The Polaboy frame is the gadget that has drawn us in the most in the recent weeks. With a classic-cool design it grabs the attention of every passer-by and needs a place in our offices. The polaroid inspired frames bring us back to a time where holding a piece of shiny photo paper brought forth an image in 90 seconds with that distinct smell of developing chemicals. All photographs look to capture a special moment to last a lifetime, and none do that better than Polaroid’s.
Polaroid based images began a resurgence once the boom of digital experience overtook our daily lives. Projects such as Instaprint and Polaposts turned any photo into a Polaroid experience, which stems from a “deep yearning for solid, deep-rooted values, warmth and feelings, and the imperfect, real and familiar.” It really is no wonder that this need comes about during a time when technology and change is happening quickly all around us.
Instead of you scouring for the next best career move, SkoutMe is set to change the way you thought you’d get your dream job. Turning the HR industry on the head, the soon to be released mobile app is looking for funding via Indiegogo to launch within 4 months instead of a year. With a well-designed site and app concept, SkoutMe is just in the process of development to make the ultimate geo-social job-hunting tool a reality.
Founded by Maria Gallifuoco, SkoutMe is a team of passionate designers, engineers and thinkers that have worked on numerous apps out of Sydney, Australia. But their best app yet lets you show off your goods and let the employers seeking talent find you. Some of the features the application will hold when launched on the App Store, Google Play and Windows are: the ability to sync your LinkedIn account, show off your skills and experience, find jobs via a geo-location mapping, let employers bid on your talent and earn badges through a gamification component.
You’re a startup that just held a huge launch party, been published on the most esteemed online magazines, the traffic is flowing to your new site and revenue is starting to add up, hopefully. Like many startups you might then decide to be part of a panel discussion or even throw your own Eventbrite extravaganza. For either case someone is going to send out invites, collect sponsors and build a team of helpful hands to deliver the beer and burritos, but what about nametags? You could print them out yourself by exporting an Excel list or maybe you can get stickers and have everyone write their names or better yet you can use Conference Badge.
Founded by Philippe-Antoine Lehoux, the website connects with Eventbrite to help you build elegant name badges easily and quickly. Using an online editor you can add colors of your brand and print a PDF of all your guests or have them ship you a box full of names with plastic holders and lanyards. The live demo shows how quickly you can pick a theme to get started, alter according to your brand guidelines and see a PDF example of the end product you can order. Conference Badge helps anyone design and print the perfect name badges for any type of event.
Let’s be honest, we’ve all at one point at another tried to find a way to turn our photos into something else. Maybe it’s a coaster, magnet, iPhone case, or a game – the startups delivering ways to share your favorite moments can be found in every form it seems. Print Mosaic takes an art form we first saw utilized with Bob Marley CD covers many years ago and makes it possible to do your own eye-popping creation.
Remember those mosaic photos that were created in the 60’s that brought a profile image or new photo all together using pieces of other photos? Print Mosaic does just that but personalizes it just for you using your precious moments. Select an image from your Facebook, Instagram or Dropbox account then color it in with all your other photos from the same medias – it’s that easy.
Although technically not a startup, Karma Refill is a concept app that has a striking visual approach to charitable donations. Designed by Isaac Pagan, Senior Art Director at Energy BBDO, the application is intended to make it donating as much as your heart wishes and your wallet can bare to various, popular, and preferential organizations as easy as possible.
Once logged in, with a tap of a button users can incrementally decide how much to donate (once for $1, twice for $5, three times for $10 and so forth). After any donation is made Karma Points are earned which, in concept, can be utilized to redeem for goods through participating corporate partners, or given back to charities.
“Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same.”
John Denver eloquently described how music takes us on a journey, a journey that is experienced with those around you near and far, but especially how it can positively impact us along with friends and family in the same room. Our sources for music are limitless and a growing number of music discovery sites and apps are working to get it just right. Spotify, Songza, YouTube, Rdio and many others make it easy to share, fall in love with and discover new music. But what if you ever wanted to listen to the same music at the exact same time with your friends?