Baby, You Should Drive This Car!

by PopCultureSoft October 2011

Pop Culture Software, LLC, has announced the release of their new RC vCar app, available on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad 2.  RC vCar is a virtual radio controlled car.

"We were brainstorming about our next iPhone app," said John Barnhart, software developer for PCS.  "I asked my son what he thought it should be, and he said 'Daddy, can't you see? I want a remote control car!' It really broke my heart. So he was my test driver, and that was the start. We think this app will make us famous, a star of the platform. But in between, you should drive this car. And we'll love you for it."

RC vCar uses Augmented Reality technology to put a virtual rc car on the floor, or on a desk. The user controls the car by using speed and steering sliders on the screen, just like a regular R/C car.

Augmented Reality is technology that enhances a user's perception of their environment. By looking through the iPhone camera, a user can see an enhanced version of the world around them.

"I think our prospects are good with this app. Understand, RC vCar will run on any Apple device with a gyroscope and a forward facing camera, which includes the latest iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. We've been working for peanuts until now, and that's all very fine, but this app will show us better times."

RC vCar features working headlights, engine sounds, a horn, and includes 5 cars:
    • Soft top coupe
    • Large wheeled pickup truck
    • Pink convertible
    • Police car (with working light bar)
    • School bus (with working stop lights)

"I think the most fun part is the horn. It's like, beep beep, beep beep. Yeah!"

RC vCar is available on the App Store, or visit www.popculturesoft.com/vcar.html

 

 

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Teen banned from prom. There's an app for that.

by PopCultureSoft May 2011
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A Connecticut teenager who posted a sign on the front of his high school asking a girl to go to prom with him has been barred from attending.

Shelton High School senior James Tate and two friends posted 12-inch tall cardboard letters outside the school's main entrance, where everyone would see them going in last Friday morning. The problem is, this has been labeled as trespassing and vandalism. Too bad he hadn't heard about Glyphics.

Glyphics is an "augmented reality" app for the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 that allows users to hang virtual messages in physical locations. Tate could have used Glyphics to put up the same message, during school hours, without the school board even noticing. Then anyone using Glyphics on thier iPhone could go in front of the school and see it.

"Teens are obviously looking for inventive ways to ask a girl to the prom," said John Barnhart, developer for PopCultureSoft.com. "Tate wanted to impress this girl, and it worked. She said yes. Unfortunately, he was banned from the prom. If he had used Glyphics, that wouldn't have happened."

Unlike texting, where users send a message to their friend, users go to the message left with Glyphics. "It's sort of like virtual graffiti," says Barnhart, "except it's legal."

Glyphics is available on the App Store or visit PopCultureSoft.com.

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