Each weekend, Mashable handpicks a few startups that we think are building interesting, unique or niche products.
Here we’ve selected three iPhone applications for your weekend enjoyment and entertainment.
Roamz is a location-based application that will guide you to nearby happening places and activities, based around your interests and the social media activities of your friends. Mynd, meanwhile, will be your personal entertainment curator and point you in the direction of the best gaming, reading and television apps based on your tastes. And DimSong will delight you with music that moves as you do.
Roamz: An iPhone Tour Guide
Quick Pitch:Roamz is a location-based app that helps you find out what is happening around you.
Genius Idea: Interest-based place and event recommendations surfaced via social media.
Mashable’s Take: What’s happening around you? It seems like a fairly simple enough question to answer, especially considering the bevy of location-based applications and services on the market. And yet, more often than not, the answer is harder to come by then it should be.
Enter Roamz, an iPhone application that culls information from your Facebook, Foursquare and Twitter accounts, and takes into account your expressed interests, to surface hot tips and pictures on nearby (or afar) local events and attractions you might like. Of course, you’re also encouraged to use the app to share local happenings — the startup calls these “Roamz moments” — with other users as you discover them.
Roamz, which launched earlier this week, is not the perfect anecdote for the what-to-do conundrum (yet), but it’s a step in the right direction.
Mynd: Your Personal Entertainment iPhone App Assistant
Quick Pitch:Mynd wants to be your personal entertainment curator.
Genius Idea: Find, rate and share the best entertainment apps on your iPhone.
Mashable’s Take: You’ve got more than 500,000 iOS applications to choose from on the App Store. Clearly, finding games, books, or television and movie apps best suited to your tastes can be a daunting, if not impossible, task. Mynd to the rescue.
Mynd, from Seattle-based mobile development studio Liquify Digital, is an iPhone application that curates and recommends games, books, music and film applications just for you. The app uses a combination of machine learning techniques to make its picks and gets more sophisticated every time you interact with it.
DimSong: Interact With Music
Quick Pitch:DimSong is a reactive and adaptive app that creates customized remixes of music based on your input, movement and surroundings.
Genius Idea: Music remixed by your movement.
Mashable’s Take: If you’ve ever wished for a dynamic music listening experience that matches your mood or tempo, consider taking DimSong for a musical spin on your iPhone.
The iPhone application, built by VenLabs, provides an always in-flux and funky listening experience that oscillates with movement, touch or light.
In shake mode, tracks automatically pick up intensity as you dance or flail about. Switch to light mode and your iPhone’s camera will adjust audio based on the amount of light in the room. Or go in to touch mode to manually mix music with the on-screen slider.
Right now, DimSong is limited in track selection, but the application will eventually work with songs from your favorite artists.
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