Google Open Spot is billed as a way to alert other Android users to available parking spaces nearby, relying on helpful tagging of free spots which show up on a GPS-led map. The freshness of spaces is indicated with color-coding - red means it's a fresh spot, orange means it's five minutes old, yellow spots are over 10 minutes old, and after 20 minutes they're cleared from the map by default - and only those within around 0.9 miles of your position are displayed. An Android 2.x app, Open Spot is currently available in the US, Canada and the Netherlands. Unimpressed by Open Spot? You could always try making your own version; Google pushed out App Inventor this morning, a simple drag & drop way to create your own apps, even if you don't have any coding skills. [Thanks JD!]
projector phone released here in the US recently. Needless to say it didn’t do so well as far as sales goes. I personally haven’t seen one in the wild since it was released. Can Samsung break this technology into the mainstream with the Galaxy Beam?
Wikitude Drive, an augmented reality PND app that overlays directions and prompts onto a live view of the road ahead. Available with both driving and walking directions, the beta is being launched to coincide with Google IO. The system is based on Navteq mapping data, and Wikitude reckon it's actually safer to use their live-view AR system than a regular sat-nav app. That's because, even when you're looking at the smartphone display, you're also seeing what's happening in the road. Alternatively there's a standard 3D map layout, and both modes get voice direction prompts. Wikitude will be making the Wikitude Drive beta available in the Android Market from 10am PST today, but it'll only be available for the first 2,000 people to download it. [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/11870382[/vimeo]