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App Wrap: 'Zepp,' 'The Pop Dongle'

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NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cellphone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

Zepp


Thanks to a little yellow square, neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can prevent you from working on your game.

Zepp is a sensor that helps analyze your swing in baseball, golf and tennis. The same sensor is used for all three sports. It just requires different housing for each. The sensor links to your mobile device in order to record what you're doing and spit out all sorts of helpful numbers, like bat speed and angle at impact for baseball, club speed and swing plane for golf, and power and spin stats for tennis.

"Inside, there's two accelerometers, a three-axis gyro, a big processor and tons of storage, and it's capable of tracking 1,000 data points a second for all your sports," said Jason Fapp of Zepp Labs.

The Zepp costs $150 and comes with one sports mount. If you want to use it for a different sport, again, you can use the same sensor, just buy a different mount for $10. The Zepp works with iOS and Android devices.

The Pop Dangle


"The Pop Dongle" is a bit of a tease because it's nearly impossible to get your hands on one, but it's still worth mentioning because of the future it may represent.

It was created by popcorn maker Pop Secret to go along with its free mobile game "Poptopia." You plug the Pop Dongle into the headphone jack of an iPhone and start playing the game. Tap kernels at the right moment for them to pop, but here's where the dongle comes in: when the butter flies across the screen, you give it a swipe, and that triggers the dongle to push out a scent. Yes, you heard that correctly: mush butter on the screen and all of a sudden, you can actually smell buttered popcorn.

Pop Secret is billing this as the first scented mobile game. The catch is that it's only selling three Pop Dongles, and all on eBay, so they're going for as much as a few hundred dollars apiece.

If you do decide to drop that kind of money for one, though, you'll be happy to know that proceeds from the sales go to the Red Cross.

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