The Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) and wearable technology company, Mind Pirate, today announced four innovative, diverse, genre-defining apps that are available now for download onto Google Glass and other mobile devices.
The new apps range from immersive gamepla,y controlled by the nod of a head, to real time video and photo effects, were the result of the recently concluded four-month long wearable accelerator created by the CFC Media Lab and Mind Pirate. The ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab is an extension of CFC’s digital entertainment accelerator, ideaBOOST, and provided companies with the budget, mentorship, and tools designed to help bring their ”smart-glass” ideas to life, including early access to Mind Pirate’s wearable technology platform, Callisto.
Callisto is the first platform that allows developers to build apps across a variety of wearable devices. Callisto leverages the Cloud in novel ways to deliver secure content, programmable micro-engagements, and more. Select third party developers will continue to have access to Callisto and the program will be made publicly available later this year.
Here’s the new apps:
A to B, Normative: A to B is glassware that allows you to record routes during any activity, from running to skateboarding. You are then able to race against these recorded routes to challenge yourself.
Little Bandits, Little Guy Games: Don a cowboy hat and duel your friends in this adorable turn-based game of sharpshooting – and sharp thinking. Little Bandits is a turn-based duelling game for two players. Each player chooses two moves per turn, and then watches the duel play out. Will you aim, shoot, or try to dodge? Pick your moves and out-maneuver your opponent!
SHARD, CFC Media Lab: Let SHARD on Google Glass reveal a whole new world to you. SHARD applies live filters to the world around you, changing the video feed you see with real time effects YOU control. Switch between J.J. Abrams-inspired lens flares to kaleidoscopic imagery. Move around, play with the effects, capture your creation in a SHARD photo saved on your timeline, and share your masterpiece with others. SHARD — play with the world you capture.
State of Syn: Singularity, Smokebomb Entertainment: State of Syn: Singularityis an adrenaline pumping hybrid story/action-puzzle game that propels the user into the heart of the action as a powerful hacker fighting to save the lives of an elite team of covert freedom fighters. This unique experience is made possible by combining video playback, cinematic sound design, direct to user messaging delivered by the story’s lead character and head-gesture game control to trigger in-game events, story reveals and real-time action-strategy gaming.
The new apps “have taken fitness, entertainment, and photo experiences for Google Glass to a whole new level, adding sophisticated design, rich media dimensions, and immersive gameplay to the experience rarely seen in current Glassware,” said the CFC’s Ana Serrano. “Bringing entertainment and technology together in thoughtful, meaningful, and playful ways is what CFC is renowned for and this batch of wearable products demonstrates our commitment in accelerating next generation talent and start ups in the digital entertainment space.”