Pano – the panoramic photo maker for iPhone is great. I was pretty much hooked when I saw the image above on their website. That one image is such a brilliantly powerful and simple bit of design. And the app doesn’t disappoint. (OK it’s a tiny bit sluggish – but I’m trying not to forget that ‘everything is amazing‘).
Here’s a couple of shots I took yesterday – they’re far from perfect but I was taking them in bright sunlight so doing the joining on the iPhone screen was pretty tough. But that’s the fault of sunlight, glass, and my eyes not the application.
And the Crazy Golf.
There’s some incredible photo apps on the iPhone, some of my favourite gizmos are:
Camerabag is ace – it mimics a bunch of vintage toy cameras.
Photo FX – does a bunch of image processing thing (including crop and rotate which I find invaluable).
Quad Camera takes multiple shots in quick succession. A bit like this…
I can’t really remember why. I think it was because I’d found myself nodding along with of a bunch of sniping about the Apple announcements. People were moaning about the fact that not much happened. Some stuff got a bit better and a tiny video camera got added to the back of an MP3 player or something like that. Yeah, big deal.
In response @felixturner sent me a link to this wonderful clip: Everything’s Amazing, Nobody’s Happy. I think the original has probably had about 1 gazillion views on YouTube but I’ve never seen it before:
But thanks to the wonder of people – here it is in a UK friendly format! Yay!
He’s right you know. And that little iPod with a colour screen, video camera, radio, pedometer, etc. etc. etc. That’s serious witchcraft.
My dad refers to it all as ‘Alien Technology’ because for him it’s totally unfeasible that humans could have made such things. He could just about get his head around the phase of development between LED watches and the ZX Spectrum – he was actually a bit of an electronics tinkerer and OMNI magazine reader back when I was a kid. But when you show him something like an iPhone he is genuinely flabbergasted. He can’t comprehend the massive leap that’s happened between flashing LEDs and the crazy connected HD-quality computing firepower we have now.
I think we should all take a step back every now and again and let ourselves be a bit flabbergasted at what’ve done, and what we’re lucky enough to have at our disposal.
I had a bit of a moment a couple days ago, I suddenly realised that we were working on something that had just a whiff of the awesome infinite potential of technology. Obviously we were applying it to something really pointless. But it did make me stop and think for a second…
Original compositions made with heavy borrowing from films. Nice stuff…
Looks and sounds a bit like LemonJelly meets Hextatic (or something like that).
EDIT: The third video wasn’t broken last night. But it is as of this morning [10.09.09] – I thought I ought to leave it in as an artifact of ‘the man’ exercising his right to shut stuff down. I wonder how long the others will last?