The Into_Now app for the iPhone (iTunes link), iPad and is a really fun & free app from Yahoo!. I bet you are wondering how an app for TV could be fun. This isn’t any ordinary app. The Into_Now app listens to the show you are watching and pulls up not only the show, but the episode you are watching.
This is what the Into_Now app on the iPad looks like when it is listening to your TV.
And Into_Now on the iPhone…
And this is what you get when the Into_Now app listens and finds the show you are listening to.
You can also find shows that are on now if you are looking for something to watch on TV.
You can connect with your friends and when you check into a show you will know whether your friends have watched that show before or if they are watching it now. The checking in part is similar to Get Glue, but I love that the Into_Now app listens for the show rather than me having to find it.
Here is what you see on the iPad. There is more space, so you can see more.
I have tested both the iPad and iPhone Into_Now app extensively trying to trip it up. I have never had the app tell me it was the wrong show. If there are commercials on, the app will tell you it thinks there may be commercials on. If the sound is too soft or there is a lot of other noise in the room, then the Into_Now app will have a hard time listening. But when it can hear well, it finds the show almost every time. There was only once that it wasn’t finding the show and I can’t remember what show it was.
How Into_Now Works
I checked on the Into_Now website to find out how it find the shows by listening. It uses something called SoundPrint, which is their own patented indexing technology
With SoundPrint, IntoNow can identify what’s being watched, down to the individual episode, within seconds.
– Into_Now website
It just amazes me what technology can do.
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- IntoNow App Turns iPad into ‘Intelligent’ TV Companion (wired.com)
- The Top 20 iPhone And iPad Apps of 2011 (techcrunch.com)
- Using Another Screen to Interact With the TV (allthingsd.com)