NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
Isn't it fun when you stumble upon an app that allows you to use your mobile device in new ways? Here are two that certainly qualify.
The first, the new app at Glasses.com, is not just like other pieces of software that allow users to virtually try on clothing, hairstyles, etc. After about a two-minute process of capturing one's face, this app allows the user to virtually try on glasses in an extremely realistic way.
It's not just a picture of glasses slapped on one's face. The capture is done so well that the user can spin his or her face on screen from side to side to see the look for all angles. The user can also move the glasses up and down one's virtual nose and adjust the arms on one's ears.
The app lets users try on up to four pairs of glasses at once, and then share pictures of the different looks with friends via Facebook to get their opinions.
The Glasses.com app is free for iPads.
Next, anyone who has or at one point had what it took to be a pro athlete would appreciate the chance to compare one's skills to those of pros. Now, with Adidas' new SnapShot app, one can do just that with soccer.
This app will require either a friend or a tripod or some clever maneuvering. Once the user is on a field with a ball, the ball needs to be lined up line with two overlapping circles on a screen. The user blasts the ball as hard as possible and the app can tell how hard the user kicked it, in miles or kilometers per hour, and shares flight distance and angle.
Finally, users can compare their kicks to those of top players, headlined by the English Premier League's Gareth Bale. One can also save the video of the kick, apply some cool filters and share it with friends online.
"Adidas SnapShot" is an iOS app that is free.