Post-pc era confirmed

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Some years ago, Steve Jobs proclaimed the post-pc era. While the PC (including Macs) were not dead, that trend seemed certain. One way to certify this trend in technology is when advances comes first within certain types of technologies, in this case, advances are coming live first on mobile than on PCs.

The same way PCs overtook the mini and mainframes, is happening today with the mobile revolutions which includes tablets. PCs were far less powerful than the computers they were replacing (hence their name *personal*), however because of being personal, they allowed far more flexibility than their […] Read more

Terra Icons for Windows Phone

Continuing our changes and expansion, we’ve just published our first Windows Phone app, its called Terra Icons. As with the Icons apps, its purpose is to help guide people looking for the landmarks of a city. And while we continue in our quest against maps, for the time being this one is map based. I’m sure Windows Phone user will find it handy when going to an unknown city, or the ones they live in! Download it now! 🙂

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Wikitude, our new partners

As we have mentioned before, our Icon apps are evolving. Thus in this process we need to enhance our AR experience, to do so we’ve partnered with Wikitude, which we think offer the best AR experience related with geolocation, which is where the Icon Apps thrive! Why Wikitude? Well …

A more straightforward API
It’s more developed for Geo AR
They drive AREL, which in case you’re not aware stands for Augmented Reality Experience Language. A proposed AR standard for use between browsers. So far Metaio & Wikitude are able to use this language.
No CMS in between our content and the app

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Apps 4 Ottawa

We are participating on the Apps 4 Ottawa competition. This objective of this competition is to promote the use of Open Data provided by the city. In our case, our apps were basically made without the use of Open Data, however they’re still for Ottawa, so they comply 🙂

We’ve submitted two of our apps:

Ottawa Icons, which is the newest from our family of Icons apps.
Terra Icons, Explore the world’s famous Icons & landmarks with this web app.

The back-end of these apps is being powered by Windows Azure, just to let you know 😉

Vote for us! 🙂

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Icon apps improvements

Our series of Icon apps have been growing slowly but surely. Initially we started with Boston, continuing to Washington D.C. to then transform them into the Icon series that today covers more than a dozen iconic cities around the world. With this grow it has come the time to unify them under a similar UX, or at least an identity, while at the same time retaining the uniqueness in them.

Also, we’ll do little improvements in the UX, which include the inclusion of a bigger and more user friendly maps. While we maintain our quest for people to minimize the use […] Read more

So you wanna be a startup…

Some years ago Google released Google Docs, which was a free web version of the Office suite Microsoft offers. While Google Docs was certainly more limited than MS Office, it was functional enough to work with it, and (on top of all) sharing data and documents via Web was possible (MS Office didn’t allow that at that time).

Surely enough many individuals started to use Google Docs, among many of these individuals, entrepreneurs got the tools they needed for free, without requiring the previous expenses on Offices suite, which -needless to say- can amount to -at least- hundred of dollars.

The freeness […] Read more

AR on a chip explained

Last week Metaio announced with great -and justified- fanfare the first AR Engine. This engine is going to be manufactured in tandem with ST-Ericsson. So, what is it all about?

Let it be said that we -obviously- embrace and welcome any advantages in the AR world. The more improvements, the better. Indeed Metaio and ST-Ericsson should be proud of their development, is certainly innovative. That being said, lets look at this more closely.

AR workings 101

As we have said several times, AR is mainly divided between geo and image based. Long history short, image based triggers the AR by scanning an image […] Read more

Online location, a second look

Some time ago I shared my thoughts on designing and deploying an app that would work under the offline concept (no connection to the internet necessary) or online one (connection to the internet necessary).

Well, during my visit to Innsbruck the experience reassured me to follow the online route. In short, online is easier on the user side, far easier. Why? GPS locking takes time. Enough time to discourage a user to use the app at all.

Lets elaborate

The Innsbruck app works offline and well as online. Again, working off line required the user to download the data to their phone devices. […] Read more

Porn in AR

Ever since AR started to be popular, the question of using pornography on it has been in the air. After all, it seems obvious to use AR for those proposes. Well, last week, the first formal step of embracing porn in AR was made by Layar, by enhancing the Playboy Magazine, Netherlands edition. You can check it out here.

Why is this relevant?

Well, for the simplest of reasons: Porn drives traffic. In this case awareness, so the more awareness AR has the better (of course within reasonable limits). The home video adoption (VHS & Betamax) was helped in a long way […] Read more