Wednesday, February 13, 2013

BPN 1622: WSA Mobile content (2)

The projects below convinced the jury, they pleased the audience, and they demonstrated that mobile apps can really make a difference for people around the globe! Meet the 8 outstanding mobile apps that have been awarded WSA-mobile Abu Dhabi Champions 2013 from among this year's 40 great winners:

(mTourism&Culture / Indonesia)

Harpoen is a free digital graffiti application that turns shared public spaces into social message boards. Anyone can leave their mark and begin a discussion with the future, anyone can discover a mark and let the place tell the story of who came and what happened.

Prognosis, Your Diagnosis
(mHealth&Environment / Sri Lanka)

Traditional medical education is commonly considered boring and time consuming, yet as every doctor knows, practicing medicine is interesting and challenging. The answer has to do with arriving at a diagnosis, which requires a lot of analytical skill, while being stimulating and even fun. The Prognosis: Your Diagnosis app takes this idea and converts it into a simple, but effective game in which doctors play out a diagnostic process similar to real life.

(mBusiness&Commerce / China)

iButterfly is a gamified location-based coupon and content entertainment App platform, where users acquire coupons or content by hunting 3D flying butterflies. Making use of 3D engine, AR, location enablement and motion-sensing technologies, iButterfly combines the joy of social gaming and coupon downloads for a brand-new experience. Users enjoy the reality feeling of catching “butterflies” flying in the AR world.

(mGovernment&Participation / Sweden)

Roadroid offers a mobile app for Android smart phones, to monitor road condition, and a web site with color-marked maps displaying results. The app is using phone’s built-in sensors, camera and GPS. The app analysis provides 100 signals per second (100 Hz), defining road quality according to four levels: green for ‘Good’, yellow for ‘Satisfactory’, red for ‘Unsatisfactory’ and black for ‘Poor’.

Project Noah
(mLearning&Education | Canada)

Project Noah is a software platform designed to help people reconnect with the natural world. Launched in early 2010, the project began as an experiment to mobilize citizen scientists and build a digital butterfly net for the 21st century.

Hand Talk
(mInclusion&Empowerment | Brazil)

Hand Talk is an app for mobile devices that receives data and translates it to Libras, the sign language of the deaf communities of urban Brazil. Hand Talk works with three basic sources: audio, texts or images. When a voice is captured by the mobile phone, the app converts the sound to sign language with the help of a 3D avatar who appears on the mobile screen.

News 360
(mMedia&News | USA)

News360 is a set of mobile apps for smartphone and tablet platforms. The apps send a tailored stream of news content focused on users’ specific interests. The apps gather and analyse news articles from more than 20,000 online sources, presenting the most important ones in a grid.

DerManDar Panorama
(mEntertainment&Lifestyle | Lebanon)

Dermandar creates a novel way to take panoramic images. The simple and elegant user interface is composed of two complementary shapes that join each other as the user rotates the device. The extremely fast outcome is the product of a unique combination of high-level mathematics and low-level optimizations. Using the mobile device’s sensors (gyroscope, accelerometer, and compass), the application automatically takes consecutive images. More than 4.5 million people have downloaded this application.

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