The Future of the Camera

The Future of the Camera

First it was smartphones integrating cameras. Could we be about to see the inverse – cameras integrating smartphone technology? That’s the concept being explored by Seattle design company Artefact. They’ve come up with an intriguing prototype for a camera that incorporates smartphone technology – a.k.a. a SmartCam. Artefact claims that…

The Future of the Smartphone: Holograms & Folding Screens

The Future of the Smartphone: Holograms & Folding Screens

eYeka, a crowdsourcing company that specializes in “online co-creation” of products, has published some intriguing concepts for future smartphones. eYeka’s community came up with the following list of requirements for a next generation smartphone: a minimalistic, non-complicated design; more features (which may clash with the previous…

The Future of User Interfaces: Data Visualization

The Future of User Interfaces: Data Visualization

A new iPad app launched this month called Planetary. It visualizes your music collection using the solar system as a metaphor and it’s visually stunning. It also seems gimmicky, at first glance. The concept is that stars are music artists, planets are albums and moons orbiting a planet are the album tracks. You can browse and listen to your music…

How Color is Being Used

How Color is Being Used

Yesterday we compared the recent launch of new photo and video sharing app Color to the arrival of Twitter five years ago. Like Twitter, Color is an innovative app that has intrigued early adopters and has the potential to catch on in a big way. It’s also popularizing a new buzzword: proximity. Yesterday we looked at an early use case for Color…

Why Color May Be The Next Twitter

Why Color May Be The Next Twitter

Love it or loath it, the smartphone app Color is one of the most innovative Web products to have launched this year. It has a user experience that is as unique and different as Twitter was 5 years ago. This has led to confusion about how to use Color and questions about its value. In this post we look at the early uses of Color and analyze its…

Pandora Inside Cars

Pandora Inside Cars

For online radio service Pandora, the car was a logical place to take their web app. At a SXSW Interactive panel on connected cars, Jessica Steel of Pandora noted that radio is already a well established experience inside a car. “50% of all radio listening happens in the car,” she said, so it was “a really important strategic…

iPad or Smartphone: Which Has Impacted Your Life More?

iPad or Smartphone: Which Has Impacted Your Life More?

It’s the one year anniversary of the launch of the iPad. But has the iPad had as much impact on the online world as smartphones like the iPhone and Android phones? In an internal discussion here at ReadWriteWeb, at least one of our number uses smartphones far more than the iPad. Personally, I use both the iPad and iPhone frequently – but I’d…

Mobile RSS Readers: What’s Popular & What Works

Mobile RSS Readers: What’s Popular & What Works

RSS feeds were a big driver of innovation in the Web 2.0 era. RSS Readers like Bloglines, Newsgator and Google Reader became the go-to services for people to subscribe to the latest news and blog posts. Over the past couple of years, mobile phones have become a major content consumption device. Yet RSS Readers have struggled to make the transition…

News on iPad

News on iPad

When the iPad launched in April last year, news media companies were among the first to create applications for the new tablet device. We’re now a year into the iPad era and some of those news apps have dramatically changed how we consume news. But it hasn’t been the apps from traditional news media. Rather, it’s been two iPad native apps that have…

Mobile Music

Mobile Music

We’re living in an exciting era for media. The user experience of consuming (and producing) media is changing rapidly, as new devices take hold of the consumer market. Smartphones, tablets, Internet TVs, eReaders, and more. It isn’t just new devices either. The content we’re consuming is beginning to change too. For example, it’s only natural…