An app that sees for you
This week’s roundup is proof were living in the future. Read on!
Microsoft’s Seeing AI: Talking Camera for the Blind
Want proof we’re living in the future? Microsoft’s Seeing AI: Talking Camera for the Blind (free, iPhone) opens up the world for the visually impaired: Just point the camera and the app will begin describing what it sees—reading text outloud, for example, letting you know which friends are in the room with you, and describing the scene at hand. It’ll even look at and describe images in other apps for you.
Sweat Deck - The Deck of Cards Workout
Sweat Deck - The Deck of Cards Workout (free, in-app purchases, iPhone and iPad) lets you create varied workouts by choosing exercises from a deck of cards. The newest update lets you limit the size of the deck, and thus the length and intensity of the workout. And when you get an Ace? That’s 20 reps.
As long as we’re talking about Microsoft, it’s worth noting the company has updated one of our favorite iOS email apps, Microsoft Outlook (free, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch). New features include redesigned email conversations, and an easier time switching between email accounts within the app. Coming soon: An improved search function.
Aniscience (free, in-app purchases, iPhone and iPad) features a “charmingly illustrated world of flora and fauna” to help youngsters discover “nature, its laws and the primary species of plants and animals.” It’s designed for preschoolers and younger children.
Draft Night - Fantasy Football Draft Board 2017
Draft Night - Fantasy Football Draft Board 2017 ($15, iPhone and iPad) “is a fantasy football draft board designed to replace your paper draft board at your draft party. Have members of your league make picks from their own devices, and see the live results instantly on a projector. Only one person needs to purchase the app, other members play for free.”
Halide ($5, iPhone) is a “groundbreaking camera app for deliberate and thoughtful photography.” A gesture-based interface lets you control exposure, ISO and white balance, and gives you the choice of capturing RAW or JPG pics for best-quality shots. This week’s post-launch update fixes a few bugs in the app.
We’re a couple of weeks late to the launch of Gudak Cam ($1, iPhone), but what it does is so unique it needs to be mentioned: As our friends at The Verge note, it tries to make you relive the analog era. First, it limits you to 24 photos on a “roll” of film—once you’re finished, you must wait 12 hours to start with a fresh roll. And once the roll is completed, it takes three days for the pictures to be processed for you to view.