The most thrilling part of tech is when you get a glimpse of the future. You may have marveled at the technology shown in Minority Report, Star Trek or the Jetsons, but tech that’s here now is also amazing. These apps make challenging tasks easier. Most of the apps discussed below are available today but all of them seem as if they belong in the future.
The Cycloramic app may be the most brilliant use of iPhone hardware by an app. This app lets you take 360° panoramic videos by spinning the phone in a circle when you place it on a flat surface. You may not be impressed at this feat until you realize that the app actually moves the phone.
Here’s a video showing you the app moving the phone:
Cycloramic uses the vibration feature of the iPhone to spin the phone while capturing the video. This could be a very impressive party trick if you want to show off your new iPhone.
To use the app, set your phone to Vibrate on Silent (Settings => Sounds => Vibrate on Silent => On), then place your iPhone 5 on its bottom end on a flat, smooth surface, such as glass, granite, or polished wood. Open the app, then press Go. The app spins the phone as the video is being taken and then stops after the phone has traveled 360°.
The app description says that it is compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, but the app instructions say that it works best with the iPhone 5.
If you’re hoping for a reason to upgrade to the iPhone 5, this app may be what pushes you over the edge.
Cycloramic is $0.99 in the iTunes App Store.
The end of the year means your attention will soon turn to filing your income taxes. If you wished filling out tax forms were easier, you’re not alone. SnapTax from the makers of TurboTax helps you file your taxes about as easily as possible. Download the app to your iPhone or Android phone, take a picture of your W-2, answer a few questions and file your tax return from the app. This app is designed for taxpayers who file the 1040EZ form and don’t own a home or have children (though a recent update to the app allows for childcare deductions, go figure), and have less than $100,000 in income, $120,000 if married.
SnapTax is available for:
- iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch at the iTunes App Store
- Android devices at Google Play
- Android devices at the Amazon appstore
The app is free but filing your taxes with the app costs $24.99.
Park 4U Remote
Park 4U Remote is an app that will park your car for you. If you’ve ever struggled to get your car into a parking space, you may have wished for an app that will do the job automatically. A French company called Valeo has developed a parking system complete with an app that will park your car for you, whether you’re pulling in straight to a parking space or parallel parking next to a curb.
Here’s a video showing Park 4U Remote in action:
Imagine seeing a driverless car parking next to you.
The system uses sensors on the car to detect when an object is blocking the path of the car and then applies the brakes. The app controls the acceleration of the car while the system does the steering.
Don’t start searching for the app in the app store quite yet. Although certain VW, Audi, Ford and Lincoln cars are equipped with this technology, the app is still in development.
Many thanks to Adrienne Smith, friend and fellow blogger, for letting me know about Park 4U Remote.
Times Square Official New Year’s Eve Ball App – 2013
This app comes complete with a countdown clock to let you know how much time is left until the ball drops in Times Square and the new year begins. You can watch a live stream of the action in a worldwide webcast. You can share photos of your celebration on the official Facebook page for Toshiba Vision, this year’s sponsor of the ball drop. You can also send ecards of your celebration or the Times Square festivities straight from the app.
Who knows what amazing tech 2013 will bring us? Stay tuned to The Wonder of Tech to find out what the future holds for technology in your life.
Have you ever wished for an app that could park your car for you? Would you trust an app to park your car? Would you like the convenience of an app to file your taxes? Would you trust an app to file your taxes? Are you ringing in the New Year with an app? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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