PICNIC Mobile Bites

PICNIC Mobile Bites offers a platform to showcase the most interesting, creative, touching, weird or exciting mobile applications our audience could find. Everyone that was interested could apply for a pitch during the PICNIC Mobile Bites. Host Rudy de Waele selected the best demos. So make sure to check them out.

Please note: YOU MUST HAVE A PICNIC CONFERENCE OR FESTIVAL TICKET TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS SESSION. Clicking on Count Me In simply indicates your interest in participating. The final selection of attendees is decided by our partner for this session.

The selected start ups are:

aka-aki networks GmbH (Germany)
aka-aki is the online community that takes social networking, as you know it from the Internet, and puts on the street. That's why aka-aki does not only consist of this community website but also includes a mobile phone application. The aka-aki mobile phone application shows you on your cell phone details about people belonging to your circle. In the city, in the region or up to 50km away. For instance, when other aka-aki members are there, your mobile phone will show you a photo, mutual friends and so much more. Even other functions associated with an online community like writing messages, saving friends, etc. will work while you're on your way using your mobile and the aka-aki mobile phone application.

Orbster (Germany)
Orbster develops and markets location-based games for mobile phones with integrated GPS, with a focus on the iphone. In more than 65 countries, Orbster offers location-based games on their games platform GPS Mission (www.gpsmission.com), which can be played outside with a GPS-enabled phone. Besides the game “Ghost Patrol” (already submitted) players find scavenger hunts, crime stories and time travels and can create GPS games themselves on the GPS Mission website without requiring programming skills. Soon, on GPS Mission extended versions of popular multiplayer online games can be played outdoors while being connected to the online game.

RjDj (UK)
RjDj uses the power of the new generation personal music players like iPhone and iPod Touch to create mind blowing hearing sensations. The RjDj app makes a number of downloadable scenes from different artists available. The Trippy app is a compilation of seven scenes bundled which are all using microphone input to manipulate or create music. The Shake app comes bundled with seven scenes which are all about moving, shaking and dancing with your device.

Ball-IT (Finland)
Ball-IT provides advanced real-time wireless sensor solutions for consumer applications. We make the leading edge physical sensing technology work with industry standard wireless techologies like Bluetooth™.

Soundwalk (USA/France)
Soundwalk offers a new, unique travel experience through original audio guides that can be played on mobile phones. The visitor downloads a Soundwalk on his phone. Over the course of an hour, the visitor can discover a neighborhood, guided by the voice of a star that embodies the spirit of the city. Soundwalks draw on sound to establish a new reality. They are original urban soundtracks, in which fiction and reality merge through the music, narrator’s voice, interviews, and sound effects, creating the sensation of walking in a film.
Soundwalk has produced more than 40 tours around the world and collaborated with Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Adidas, Fauchon, Orange... Drawing its inspiration from Baudelaire’s concept of flânerie and from cinema, each Soundwalk entails a new and poetic discovery of the city, as well as an intimate voyage into the lives of its narrators. Actors, scripts, original soundtracks... Using the same means as cinema production, Soundwalk is a fiction set to the backdrop of reality itself - a movie without images, since they are already living in front of the listener...

On October 3, Soundwalk is launching an iPhone application in joint venture with Clicmobile, a mobile agency which conceives, develops and publishes mobile applications. The series will be inaugurated by three Paris Soundwalks for the Paris art festival Nuit Blanche on October 3. Other Soundwalks in New York and Paris will be featured on the iPhone: the Bronx with Jazzy Jay and Afrika Bambaataa, Little Italy with Vinny Vella, Palais-Royal with Hélène Fillières and a night tour of Pigalle with Lou Doillon... In only a few minutes, anywhere, anytime, the iPhone user can install the Soundwalk app on his iPhone and discover a neighborhood on an hour-long tour, guided by the voice of a personality.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to see a preview demo of this fascinating and original iPhone application and get a preview of the «augmented reality» version of Soundwalk that will be released on Google Android phones later this autumn