Smart happenings the week of February 18, 2012:
Smart Lightbulbs Help Lost Shoppers: Lighting the world with information, these bulbs (ByteLights) have the potential to aid museums, hospitals and other public hot spots as indoor positioning tools, which apps could be built for to help visitors or shoppers navigate their way around.
“Through a combination of sensors and ByteLight’s novel visible communication technology, each light is constantly gathering information about the world around it and adjusting brightness levels. The result is an intelligent lighting system that anticipates and adapts, significantly reducing energy consumption,” said developers Dan Ryan and Aaron Ganick.
Word Trick Available for Your iOS Devices: Keep your mind sharp. You can now download the socially addictive crossword puzzle game Word Trick from Outplay Entertainment for free through the iTunes App Store. It has multiplayer functionality, allowing you to compete against friends and family with the ability to play 20 games at once. Players can chat with their opponents during gameplay, take advantage of the pass and play feature where multiple people can play from one device and receive instant game notifications.
Founder and CEO of Outplay Entertainment, Doug Hare, says, “With Word Trick, we wanted to enhance the traditional crossword gameplay experience by providing a socially fun, yet challenging, evolution in the genre. The game’s Trick Tile feature creates a completely unique gameplay challenge, and players are no longer restricted to multiplier score squares on the board — they can score big anywhere.”
Which of these factoids do you think is the smartest thing that happened this week? Tell us why you think so!