Samsung announces Smart TV app finalists


Samsung has announced finalists of its Free the TV challenge that involves creating apps for Samsung TVs, Blu-ray players and Blu-ray Home Theater Systems. Winners will be announced at the CES 2011 next week where four developers including one People’s Choice award winner will win a total of half a million dollars.

Finalists were selected across different genres which are as follows:

A3 Art
Transform your TV into an exclusive gallery in motion with A3 Art. British photo-artist Michael Banks creates some of the most unique and exciting contemporary art in the world today. The bright, rich colors of his organic and abstract photos will come alive in HD, providing endless hours of enjoyment as you rotate through his many collections.

Armchair Astronaut
Armchair Astronaut allows you to explore the solar system in stunning high definition incorporating a combination of real and digitally-created 3D content. It is both an exciting tool for education and an impressive demonstration of 3D home theater technology.

Dashwhoa is a dashboard with everything you need to know before you go out: hourly weather forecast (via, current traffic (via Google Maps), and a recent highly-ranked local photo from Flickr.

Guroo TV
Guroo TV is a new, improved TV guide. Instead of offering a boring list of shows by channel, Guroo TV provides the most talked-about shows playing right now based on Twitter references and what people like. You can add your favorite shows to your playlist and Guroo TV will let you know when they’re on.

The Gymbox delivers weekly, full-length workouts on demand in a variety of formats including Step Aerobics, Kickboxing, Yoga, Pilates, Core Strength, Treadmill, Cycle, Strength Training, and Stretch. New classes are added weekly so you never have to repeat the same workout twice.

Numote – Social TV Listings
Numote is a new way to experience TV. It provides a social TV experience with trending TV listings and badges for checking into shows.

Redux Discover
Redux Discover is a fun and beautiful way to discover the videos that your friends and relevant tastemakers are watching, all in an effortless lean-back experience. You can personalize Redux even further by adding your Twitter account to surf through videos your friends are sharing, and by adding your favorite channels.

Signbotic is a digital signage solution for the small business owner. Harnessing the power and flexibility of the new samsung smart TV lines, small business owners can create a digital sign in minutes. With Signbotic you no longer need to buy cumbersome dedicated hardware, work with difficult software, or pay high consulting fees.

TrickTV has seven core features including the ability to control lighting, climate, door lock from the TV, video surveillance/chat and remote home management from your mobile phone. TrickTV is free and includes free mobile phone apps for Android, iPhone, Blackberry and Windows Mobile.

TvPet! is the world’s first Social Tamagachi for your TV. You can watch TV feed, play with, teach tricks and buy decor items for your very own virtual pet. It provides the ability to level up to unlock even more cool tricks and items while playing alone or with friends on Facebook.

TV Twicker
TV Twicker brings Twitter updates to your TV without taking away from the television experience. TV Twicker only takes up the space where news tickers reside at the bottom of the screen, and conveniently floats above your current shows, providing a more immersive television experience than ever before.

WeDraw is the ideal living room game. It lets contestants win points and compete by guessing another player’s drawing. It’s easy: one person draws using their finger on a smart phone, the others guess.

WeTeli brings people together to watch and share their favorite videos right on your SmartTV. Using your smart phone, you can search for videos and add them to the queue. You can also vote for other people’s videos to push them up or down in the queue, and add comments right on the screen.