Last week the Amazon Fire phone started to sale, while reviews has not been kind to it, the phone does brings a host of new technologies that will influence user expectations and experience as a whole, not only for Amazon Fire Phone users.
Specifically (in our point of view), one of the technologies that are changing all this, is the FireFly feature of the phone, which in short, it’s an aid for Amazon to sell you more stuff. Regardless, FireFly is a quite interesting mashup of technologies.
We have wrote previously:
Augmented Reality is a new medium, as such, it offers new opportunities...
Last week Apple-IBM break ended in a new reunion, promising to renew their vows on this new stage of their relationship. Yes, this relationship is not new, is an old love-hate adventure the two of them need in order to keep them in business they neither attack correctly. Apple on the corporate side, IBM on the consumer side.
Today, specially on established (i.e. More than 10 years in operation, medium to big) companies, is rare that it has an IT department. The way it goes on the IT side, is by outsourcing this task to other companies like IBM, HP, CSC, etc. These outsourcing...
As you may know, Google+ has not been the success most people expected. For sure, we don’t know what Google was expecting out of it, given their philosophy. However we know that the company has made a considerable effort trying to put it on front of our faces each time we use one of Google services. Even so, those actions have not help to elevate the adoption numbers to Google levels (i.e. more than a billion users), this to be consider a Facebook threat. Yes, Google+ its being used by hundreds of millions of people (including Mollejuo), but given the fact that the king of social media (Facebook)...
The internet is full of gossip and rumours. That being said, sometimes the
source of those rumours are quite credible. In this case, this article is
mentioning that Layar is being bought by blipAR. We think this is true.
Why is do we think so?
Well, around two years ago we saw that Layar changed of leadership and direction. Layar founders while still in the company, didn’t took as much saying on the everyday tasks, this due to Layar naming an external CEO (Quintin Schevernels) to run the company. We can speculate that the naming of this external CEO was “suggested” by Layar investors....
Previously we have talked about Word Lens, one of the first truly practical apps using AR. In case you didn’t you about them, check this video out, this is what they did:
Word Lends is made by Quest Visual, last week Google bought Quest Visual. The initial and logical conclusion is that Google is buying this company to use their technology. It might be possible, but we -dare to speculate- that was not the reason for this acquisition. Google already has the technology and the software to do translation over Google Glass (i.e. using AR). This can be seen on this video (min 4). The video...
The photo above is making rounds on social media. Think about the whole evolution that happened in just 10 years. Thanks to Moore’s law, now we can comfortably carry around an entire video library of DVDs within our phones. This trend is going to continue, at least in mid-term, as long as we humans continue to crack ways out to further Moore’s law.
As we know, current wearables are based on older technology. The reason for this is because “older" technology can be miniaturized easier, could cost less on this miniaturization, could consume less power and is more resilient....
About year ago we made the decision to funnel our City Icons series into one app. The decision was not easy, because it meant changing our AR engine, which is based on Layar. The app became Terra Icons v 1.0, still depends on Layar, but that was going to be the last and only version that uses it.
In order to concentrate our our cities into one app we needed to rebuilt our back-end from scratch, as today it's a stitch of several independent cities. This new back-end needed to handle several cities, but also several services, as many of them don’t offer the same AR content. At the time,...
On this blog we write about stuff, any stuff that we see fit. On this opportunity I’ll share some movies which I think a worth seeing from an entrepreneurial point of view. Some of them are true stories, some are fictional, some are funny. In any case, each movie might offer a lesson on: trying to build, run a company and how to handle success, failure or pressure. So, here they’re, in no particular order.
Barbarians at the Gate (based on a true history): While maybe things didn’t happen as crazy as in the movie, they DID happened.
Marc Andreeseenn (the founder of Netscape) said it best:
The problem with new technology: new technology is not worth much until it’s worth a lot.
The previous applies almost to any technology widely adopted by humanity. Let’s take a look on how this phrase applies to mobile web design.
Since the dawning of mobile Internet, when GPRS and similar technologies were adopted (2000’s circa), the obvious idea was to bring the Internet to mobile devices. The problem was that mobile devices (aka cellular phones) screens at that time where:
Tiny. Not even small, but tiny
It’s no secret that our content is based on using the Layar AR engine. Last week Layar took one step further into Google Glass, by releasing the Layar app for Google Glass. Certainly, Layar is not the first one to do this in the AR world, Metaio and Wikitude have already made their stuff available for Google Glass. Nevertheless, is always better when more people join the party.
One of the great beneficiaries of this move is our City Icons series. This means that if you have Google Glass and live in any of the cities we cover, now you can take advantage of this content to be used...