September 27, 2011 in Utilities (E)
[prMac.com] Stockholm, Sweden - Kaiser & Kaiser today is pleased to announce speedClock 3.1 for iPhone and iPad a significant update to their unique utility that uses the device's built-in video camera to automatically measure the speed of any object, and the distance to any point. Speed is measured using the motion sensing of the video camera, timing the interval between the object entering and leaving the frame. The updated version also features a new video based speed tool that is ideal for catching small fast objects like balls. Because it relies for its operation on a built-in video camera, the app is presently compatible with iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPod touch 4 and iPad 2. The full support for iPad 2 is new in 3.1.
speedClock makes it easy to measure the speed of cars, boats, skaters, skiers, cyclists, running dogs, models, tennis serves, baseball pitches, football free-kicks, etc. The user simply holds up their iPhone, and allows the app to automatically measure the speed of any object passing through the frame of the viewing screen. The distance to the object can be entered before, or after, the measurement. Alternatively the distance can be taken from object itself.
Sensitivity controls are included to compensate for small objects, background motion, or camera shake. With the snap shot and the auto-reset functions, users can set up the iPhone to continuously measure the speed and save an image of everything that passes.
New is a second, complementary speed measurement tool. A short video is recorded and through some sophisticated image analysis the moving object is isolated and enhanced. The user can then align the object taken from different video frames by dragging a slider. The speed is interactively presented while dragging. This addition means that speedClock now can analyze the speed of anything that can be recorded by the iPhone video camera.
The first step in making a reliable speed measurement is getting a good estimate of the distance between the user and the point through which the object will travel. speedClock therefore has two complimentary distance tools: One is an optical rangefinder that uses the size of a known object (e.g. the height of a person) to calculate the distance. In the other tool the user enters their own height and then tilts the device to exactly match the horizontal line on the screen with the point on the ground to be measured.
A third alternative, that is new in 3.1, is to measure a size on the image that speedClock automatically takes at each measurement. The user sets the size and adjusts the two arrows so they point to the ends of the object and the distance is automatically calculated. This is especially useful when it is difficult to determine where and how far away an object passes. Examples are airplanes (model or full size), boats and skiers on a wide slope.
speedClock feature Highlights:
* Accurately measure speed in m/s, km/h, mph, ft/s or knots
* Calculate and display distances in meters or feet
* Video motion-sensing automatically measures speed
* Sensitivity controls for optimal measurement in difficult conditions
* Carry a miniature radar gun and range finder in your pocket
"With speedClock 3.1 we can address user requests for not having to measure the distance" stated company Owner Sten Kaiser. "We had a great cooperation with some model helicopter enthusiasts and the result will also benefit users with less demanding applications."
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch (video camera equipped)
* Compatible with iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPad 2, and iPod touch 4
* iOS 4.0 or later
* 0.5 MB
Pricing and Availability:
speedClock 3.1 is $1.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. Review copies are available upon request.
Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Kaiser & Kaiser is a small, independent software company founded in 1986 by Sten Kaiser. With a sole focus on the iOS platform, Kaiser & Kaiser's aim is to develop innovative iPhone utilities. Copyright (C) 1986-2010 Sten Kaiser. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.