Xamarin or Cordova, why?

Xamarin or Cordova, why?

It has become a tradition on this blog to compare things, so let’s keep traditions and compare Xamarin and Cordova. I’m not going to compare them technically, because they’re different. However, they both are meant to build mobile apps, so they both deliver the same end result, just different internally. So why bother with one or the other?

When our customers approach us -specially with a new project-, often this subject is brought up by us. The reason is, the decision of either will have a direct impact on development cost.

TL;DR: Using Cordova implies lower cost of developer and is more […] Read more

At last, Magic Leap came out of the closet … sort of …

At last, Magic Leap came out of the closet … sort of …

Engineering is about sacrifice: You gain something, and you lose some

So … at last Magic Leap presented to the world their prototype.

Background

Magic Leap it’s a startup that has raised up until today: 2.3 billion USD. That’s two thousand and three hundred MILLIONS dollars, let that sink. Since its inception (around two years ago), the company has been very secretive. Anyone that wanted or was shown their concept had to sign an NDA. So, a lot of hush hush and speculation was around. They were selling to investors that their technology was revolutionary, for that reason they needed a lot of […] Read more

Business pushed Kotlin to the forefront, not code supremacy

Business pushed Kotlin to the forefront, not code supremacy

Technical people: any person dedicated to any subject, with an specific and in deep knowledge of that subject.

Human beings tend to see the world as they are, and technical people rationalizes their world around their knowledge.

For any decision in life, whether it impacts us directly or not, we’ll try to rationalize it according to our knowledge of the world -naturally!-. Specifically, on the software industry, developers tend to think many decisions in the industry are based on the technology, relative to it’s superiority: We’ll use this tech for that because the tech is better. However, the reality is that most […] Read more

How AI & AR play together

How AI & AR play together

Lately AI (Artificial Intelligence) is everywhere, is the latest trend and is in vogue. That said, while AI appears to be a fad, it is not, as with AR, this tech is here to stay. When Android first came out, Google pioneered the use of AI in mobile devices with the app Google Goggles, way back in 2009.

Time has passed, and things have changed. At that time, it was mandatory to 1st take the photo, so the app can upload the photo to Google servers in order to make further analysis. Today Google Translate app is in charge of text […] Read more

How to verify iTunes App Store descriptions in different languages

How to verify iTunes App Store descriptions in different languages

During our latest release of Terra Icons™, we wanted to see how the app description is being displayed in different languages. I’m not talking about the language within the app, I’m talking about the language (English, French, Italian, etc.) displayed to describe the app on the iTunes App store. We found this very helpful post from Jeffrey Ngai, however it wasn’t enough for our needs. So, we decided to expand on it, and after playing a little with the URL options, we reach this formula:

https://itunes.apple.com/_countrycode_/app/id_idnumberoftheapp_

The country code is the ISO code for countries. For example, cn for China, br for […] Read more

Amazon’s AR/VR vision

Amazon’s AR/VR vision

It all started with the acquisition of Twitch for the cheap change of close to 1$ billion. Twitch is this platform on which people go to see other people play video games. If that sounds weird to you, just translate it in today’s term: sports channel. Because in sports, players play games. Might not seem obvious right now, but watching other play video games will only grow in the future.

Going back to Amazon, AWS was a long term weird bet that it worked. This company has demonstrated they’re willing to be patient, something rare today. Though this last statement contradicts […] Read more

ARKit or ARCore? None or both!

ARKit or ARCore? None or both!

To compare between similar products is a natural and healthy thing to do. Except when is not 😛 We have done our share by comparing AR SDKs before, guilty as charged! However, this time things are different for the simple fact that both ARKit & ARCore are specific tech for each company, respectively Apple and Google.

ARKit & ARCore

One of the reasons for something like ARKit exists is, to continue promoting app engagement. A healthy app ecosystem is essential to a mobile platform success, and it’s no secret that app engagement is a challenge. By incentivizing the use of specific technology, […] Read more

Formula-e AR Webapp

Formula-e AR Webapp

This weekend is the last race of the Formula e season, which will happen here in Montreal. To celebrate the occasion we developed a nifty little web app on which people can locate in augmented reality the venues inside the main venue. We are still scratching our heads on why this race wasn’t done on our beloved Gilles Villeneuve circuit, but that’s a conversation for another time.

As a true Montrealers, the web app is done in Frenglish, so don’t be surprise about it 🙂 For the geeks out there we use a combination of HTML5 and WebVR. The app works […] Read more

Apple officialized AR, now what?

Apple officialized AR, now what?

Last month Apple finally came out of the closet and showed ARKit (officialized), their vision/version of how AR should be. From the get go, Apple’s ARKit is -technologically- nothing new. ARKit comes from their acquisition of Metaio. As a matter of fact, considering the previous acquisition, ARKit is a downgrade from what Metaio offered. Of course Apple will improve and surpass ARKit to the level once Metaio was, however considering it took them two years just to publish ARKit, well, this improvement might take longer than some of us expect.

However, Apple is not the only big tech company integrating AR […] Read more

Rushing to AR

Rushing to AR

Two weeks ago Facebook rushed to publish two new AR features: Frame Studio & Camera effects. As always, any expansion on AR is a good thing. That said, Mr. Zuckerberg himself said -during the introduction- that those features will take time to be deployed, they just wanted to show the roadmap of the possible evolution of AR within their products. As of this writing these two features are not finished, not even available to everybody.

What’s the rush?

After the craziness of Pokemon Go -which certified people using AR outdoors-, some companies lost the fear of putting AR within their apps/products. Chief […] Read more