Jay Donovan

Jay Donovan
By night, Jay writes for TechCrunch and has been contributing to the blog since 2009. By day, he is Associate Director of Strategy for the digital agency Resource/Ammirati. You can reach him at jay at techcrunch dot com. CrunchBase profile →

Latest from Jay Donovan

  • Junaio And Kreativagentur Thomas Launch AR Scavenger Hunt – Win An iPad

    Junaio And Kreativagentur Thomas Launch AR Scavenger Hunt – Win An iPad

    Another example of creative use of Augmented Reality rears its head in the form of an online scavenger hunt with a chance to win an iPad 2. The team at Metaio who created the Junaio Augmented Reality browser and German creative shop Kreativagentur Thomas have partnered to create a scavenger hunt where you can use Junaio to scan special images hidden around the web to unlock AR content and… Read More

  • Metaio Adds Gravity To Their Augmented Reality Platform

    Metaio Adds Gravity To Their Augmented Reality Platform

    German augmented reality firm Metaio showcased some updates to their core technologies today at this year’s ISMAR conference in Basel, Switzerland. The company is documenting this update with out-takes from some highly technical white papers and also, thankfully, with a few video demonstrations (for the algorithm-ly challenged out there – like me). The basic gist of this update… Read More

  • Total Immersion Launches D’Fusion Augmented Reality SDK Update And A New iOS Game (Video)

    Total Immersion Launches D’Fusion Augmented Reality SDK Update And A New iOS Game (Video)

    Augmented Reality company Total Immersion released a free, Augmented Reality SDK today called D’Fusion. The updated kit is specially designed for multi-platform developers of games, apps and marketing solutions. To mark the occasion (and demonstrate the tech) Total Immersion are also launching a free iOS game in the app store called Skinvaders. The game, which takes advantage of… Read More

  • Head Mounted Displays, DIY Augmented Reality And More At InsideAR

    Head Mounted Displays, DIY Augmented Reality And More At InsideAR

    I was able to attend Metaio’s InsideAR 2011 conference last week in Munich and check out many new and updated Augmented Reality concepts at the event. Several concepts I saw at the trade show portion resonated with where consumer AR is headed and some were merely for entertainment. But pretty much everything I saw tried, in some way, to push the envelope of technical possibility. I saw… Read More

  • Graphical Resume Site Vizualize.Me Launches, We Talk To The Founder.

    Graphical Resume Site Vizualize.Me Launches, We Talk To The Founder.

    With over 200,000 pre-launch signups and 40,000 users in their beta program, it’s very likely that you saw a vizualize.me resume link show up in a friend’s Facebook status update last week when the site soft launched. I know I did. The Toronto based company (and winner of Startup Weekend Toronto 2011, and International Startup Festival’s Top Elevator Pitch) has been… Read More

  • Will ModoPayments Finally Monetize Check-In?

    Will ModoPayments Finally Monetize Check-In?

    ModoPayments’ simple and comprehensive solution for providing mobile payments is interesting and what’s more, its offer-based approach may have finally cracked the code for monetizing check-ins. This is something that mobile location-based service providers (LBSs) like Foursquare, Loopt, Gowalla and ShopKick have, no doubt, been laboring over since their inceptions. And while… Read More

  • Junaio 3.0 Mobile AR Browser Update. Now Scans Barcodes Too.

    Junaio 3.0 Mobile AR Browser Update. Now Scans Barcodes Too.

    Junaio, the mobile Augmented Reality browser created by German AR firm Metaio, has been updated this morning: Version 3.0 now supports scanning barcodes. Some of you are probably thinking “Whoop-dee-doo, every app can scan barcodes nowadays.” And you’re right; it’s not really a big deal in that sense. When you consider Junaio’s capability at advanced image… Read More

  • A Woman, A Cupcake, A Bank And A Square: Why Credit Card Companies Are Scared Of Change

    A Woman, A Cupcake, A Bank And A Square: Why Credit Card Companies Are Scared Of Change

    In the sleepy Columbus, Ohio suburb of Canal Winchester there is a shop that makes cupcakes. These are not ordinary cupcakes; these are fantastic cupcakes. In fact the name of this establishment—Fantasy Cupcake—is no boast and can readily back up the hype (trust me, I ate one and it was killer). A relatively new business owned and operated by Leah Dotson, Fantasy Cupcake chose… Read More

  • How To Make Your Own iPad Head Girl Helmet

    How To Make Your Own iPad Head Girl Helmet

    Well, not really, but Thinkmodo has put out a new video showing some behind the scenes footage of how they, in partnership with Clockwork Apple, created the iPad Head Girl hat, um…head piece. The thing actually looks pretty solid, although I would not go as far as to say that it looks comfortable. You likely saw the iPad Head Girl video making rounds in the media last week. Conceived… Read More

  • Metaio’s Augmented City Demo May Answer The Question Of AR’s Utility

    Metaio’s Augmented City Demo May Answer The Question Of AR’s Utility

    Augmented Reality veterans Metaio are announcing some more details about their upcoming insideAR conference scheduled to take place in Munich, Germany on September 26 – 27. While the speaker list for the event has been available since July, the greater theme for the conference is being updated via press release today. That theme is: “From a Vision to a Roadmap”. To help… Read More

  • This Sexy Coffee Gadget Probably Won’t Ever Exist

    This Sexy Coffee Gadget Probably Won’t Ever Exist

    What is it? A laser cutter? A mod photo enlarger? A microscope? A tattoo remover? Nope, it’s a coffee maker, but an extremely svelte coffee maker. In fact, I imagine this little Nespresso-friendly caffeine inducer would look pretty sweet in your typical “ice hotel” or ad agency lobby. Clearly, we’ve come a long way since days of yore when a Cuisinart was enough you get… Read More

  • Video: Summer NAMM Conference Gadget Recap

    Video: Summer NAMM Conference Gadget Recap

    I descended upon Nashville’s Summer NAMM conference/trade show with high hopes of finding a plethora of musically oriented gadgets to ease and augment the playing experience for ostensible and pro musicians alike. How did it turn out? Well, let me first say for the record that we do cover music gadgets here; gizmos, tools and instruments with technology at their heart or portability in… Read More

  • Gallien Krueger MB 800 Ships Soon

    Gallien Krueger MB 800 Ships Soon

    While searching for music gadgets here at the Summer NAMM conference in Nashville TN, I was reminded of one of the bright stars that garnered “Best In Show” rating from the winter version of this bi-annual conference. While the MB 800 has been anticipated since its announcement last winter, I heard today that the item is planned to ship within the next 4-6 weeks, and possibly as… Read More

  • Just When You Thought It Was Safe: Skype Vulnerabilities Emerge

    Just When You Thought It Was Safe: Skype Vulnerabilities Emerge

    Silly hackers are always trying to ruin the Internet and they have found yet another target in the form of popular VOIP software Skype. According to the sweetest security report ever, linked from h-online’s recap: “Skype suffers from a persistent Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability due to a lack
    of input validation and output sanitization of the ‘mobile phone’… Read More

  • It's Plick: Somebody Call Mattel And Get This Guy An Interview (Video)

    It's Plick: Somebody Call Mattel And Get This Guy An Interview (Video)

    What is it you ask? Plick (as in Programmable by clicking your fingers) is a set of connectable, interactive components that can be attached to ordinary objects and transform them into interactive gadgets. The components include an engine, distance sensor, LED lamp, battery pack and microphone. Just as the name suggests, you can program or activate the individual component’s behaviors… Read More

  • InVision: UX Prototyping Made Easy

    InVision: UX Prototyping Made Easy

    This one is close to my heart. I built many an interactive prototype in my day and it usually consisted of opening Adobe Flash and then scheduling a considerable block of time for completion. To be clear, I am not a “Flash Hater”. I know Adobe has tried to accommodate both designers and developers with its authoring environment, but it is still a deep platform…it’s not for… Read More

  • Video: AppNinjas CEO John Waldron Demos "Swipe" Mobile Credit Card Reader And App

    “About three years,” says AppNinjas CEO John Waldron, when I asked him how long his group of companies have been providing mobile payments solutions to merchants. Three years. That makes them tribal elders when it comes to the nascent arena of mobile payment acceptance. When I say group of companies, I mean the conglomerate of AppNinjas and MerchantFocus whose services work together… Read More

  • A Little Augmented Reality Check From Metaio

    As a fan of Augmented Reality and its potential, I have, for some time, been thinking about how the technology will benefit from the larger screen real estate that tablets provide. There are plenty of examples out there…just search “Tablet AR” on YouTube and you’ll see what I mean. I received a press release from Metaio this morning (one of the companies that I follow… Read More

  • Roland Introduces V-Drums Friend Jam

    Roland, makers of all things MIDI and beyond, have a new product out called V-Drums® Friend Jam. The software lets you connect your Roland V-Drums (electronic, MIDI drums) to your Mac or PC with a MIDI interface (not included) and, in the words of the press release, “allows V-Drums users across the globe to interact with each other while improving their drumming skills with play-along… Read More

  • iPhly Radio Control For iPhone

    Ari Krupnik’s Kickstarter concept is about to take flight (oooof – can you believe I dropped that one). He just needs to round up another $5700 or so to bring the iPhly Radio Control to life. This hardware device works with his accompanying iPhone app – already live in the iTunes app store – to bring natural hand motion controls to your RC plane or car. Read More