We’re pleased to bring you the finalists in the 6 About to Break contest that SF New Tech and Macworld held to find the next big thing in Apple-related tech.
The finalists demonstrate just how the Cupertino company inspires people to think different, spanning the gamut from wearables and facial recognition software to the well-entertained pet.
Cult of Mac is chuffed to be a media partner; our own Leander Kahney will be on the panel of judges when the demos battle it out at Macworld/iWorld’s Second Stage on March 27 from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm. You’ll be able to see and test them all out, too.
Want to come? We’ve got passes to give away – stayed tuned to Twitter and Facebook for more…
Here’s more on the six finalists:
AppPresser An idea whose time has come: this toolkit helps you build an app on top of WordPress — not just a mobile theme, either. It can integrate device hardware like the camera, geolocation and more and promises to have you in the iTunes store in a flash.
Everypost When you need to get your message across — text, video, photo — to a bunch of different social networks without paying an intern, this is the way to do it. You can blast out to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Linkedin, tumblr and Dropbox. Everypost also lets you customize for platforms, so you don’t get that Facebook cutoff on Twitter. And it won’t finish all your Nespresso pods like an intern would, either.
Motion Portrait Take a photo of your old girlfriend, upload it to this app and seconds later you have realistic 3D avatar that can talk to you. Add a few choice phrases and it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll never drunk dial again! You can also add features like glasses and wigs, plus share your creation.
Petcube A lot of tech offices are pet friendly, but you could be forgiven for leaving Rufus at home just to be able to play laser games with him, right? Petcube is a gadget that also functions as kind of a nanny cam that lets you see your dog and whisper those embarrassing sweet nothings across the miles. And if you love animals but don’t have one, you can entertain Fuffy or Fido from the public pool.
Rekognition This cloud-based open API platform aims to give developers another superpower by allowing them to incorporate capabilities of facial recognition, object recognition and scene understanding into their apps or software.
Glyph This sleek, beautiful virtual retina display puts you in the driver’s seat for games, movies and whatever else you want to immerse yourself in. And just one cord across all of your devices, something Jony Ive and the crew would appreciate.