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April 24, 2017 at 7:15 pm | The Internet of Things Infographic

Pixio strives to help their clients by designing and developing apps and providing other services such as the Google Ventures Design Sprint process. Another one of their goals is to educate clients. Here is an infographic about the Internet of Things (IoT) and our increasingly connected world.

If you wish to learn more about the IoT or inquire further about the Google Design Sprint process, we encourage you to contact us. You can reach us by calling 888-660-2260 or browsing our website.

April 5, 2017 at 9:56 pm | News in an Instant: Pixo Creates an Innovative App for The Mega Agency

When breaking news hits, can a mobile app change the way photojournalists share their work with the world in an instant?

Client’s Background

The Mega Agency is comprised of experienced news, sales and technical experts located throughout the United States. This media agency’s goal is to help people distribute content as fast as possible. This company uses advanced technology to keep this generation of photographers ahead of the game.

 

Client’s Pain

The Mega Agency came to our team of app developers to transform their vision of allowing photographers share their work rapidly via an app into reality. The agency did not previously have a mobile way to accomplish this goal and was looking for a way to give users an advantage over their competition.

 

Pixio’s Strategy

First, our app designers listened to The Mega Agency’s specific needs and developed a game plan on how to make the app contain all of the features a photographer would need to distribute their content almost immediately without having to carry around a variety of equipment.

We next consulted internally with our app development team on how to move forward with the agency’s requests and conducted extensive research before creating a development roadmap. During the design phase, we submitted several high-fidelity mockups of the Mega App.

Once a mockup is chosen, we created the app and launched it. The work continued after launch after we analyzed every portion of the finished product to see how it ran and if it met the agency’s vision.

 

Outcomes

The Mega App is now available on the Apple App Store and is making a difference for photographers all around the globe. Users can download the app and use it to:

  • Distribute content
  • Transfer images from a professional camera to the app before selecting the images that you want to submit
  • Individually edit, adjust and caption the images
  • Select the countries they want to send the media to
  • Share photo sets with other photographers they are collaborating with
  • Make the exclusivity of the content known and set the distribution rights
  • Receive instant confirmation of the upload

 

Moral of the Story

Pixio can help clients disrupt their industry by bringing their clients’ wishes to fruition. Our team of experts is prepared to create and launch apps that will not only be game changers for a client, but also for their industry.

January 30, 2017 at 1:13 pm | 4 Tech Trends to Watch in 2017

In early January, Pixio attended the 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for the fourth straight year. We go to this innovative tech showcase each year to put our finger on the pulse of the industry to stay informed and better serve our clients.

We spoke to everyone from rising startups to the industry titans such as Samsung and Intel. Here are just some of tech trends we observed at this year’s showcase.

Connectivity

The main theme this year was connectivity. From your home to your car to your body, companies are creating products with inter-related connectivity. Bluetooth and the Amazon Echo and its digital assistant, Alexa, can be connected with your smartwatch, your car (Ford’s SYNC platform) and the appliances in your home. Another point of emphasis was 5G, the next wave of mobile network technology.

Virtual Reality

The HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR and Intel Project Alloy are just some of the commercial virtuality reality systems that have been making noise. With these systems becoming popular last year, 2017 presents the chance to improve upon these impressive products. The Playstation VR has given gamers a more immersive experience, while HTC is going to release the Vive Tracker which will produce digital versions of objects that are near you in real life. HTC also has plans to get developers to create virtual reality experiences for arcades. Products such as Cerevo’s Taclim VR shoes, which tracks the wearer’s feet and brings them into another reality, show an innovative step forward. The sense is that this is just the beginning of an exciting future for VR.

Wearables

The luxury wearable market has arrived. Brands such as Michael Kors and Fossil have each gotten into this market, giving their customers a high-class wearable option. Fitness was another focal point this year. Vert’s G-Vert is a tracker that is worn around the waist and measures the intensity of workouts and asymmetry in motion. Pregnant women can wear Bloomlife’s new wearable which tracks contractions. You can even get your pet a wearable as Jagger & Lewis’ smart collar can tell you your pet’s mood and measure their eating, drinking and sleeping habits.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence was popular at CES. Autonomous vehicles were a focal point as Tesla’s Autopilot feature and Nissan’s Leaf will have ProPilot. Nvidia, a popular graphics processing company, will work with Audi to bring an autonomous car to life. Other interesting examples of artificial intelligence include Hubble’s mood-sensing Hugo, Panasonic’s mini projection robot, Withings and L’Oreal’s Kerastase Hair Coach and Griffin Technology’s Smart Toaster.

If you wish to find out more about the latest and most exciting developments in the tech industry or more about Pixio, we encourage you to contact us by calling 888-660-2260 or visiting us online.

January 6, 2017 at 1:52 pm | How We Use Google Ventures Design Sprints to Save You Time and Money

At Pixio, we are committed to saving our clients both time and money. That is why we provide Google Ventures design sprints for them. We are trained by specialists from Google to help different companies solve a problem and validate a product idea in just five days before entering the development stage.

This scheduled process helps give companies a way to learn without building and launching an application. Bypass the seemingly endless debate stage and see the finished product and how it is received by the customer before you shell out money.

A sprint runs on a five-day schedule. Here is a brief overview of what happens on each day during this process:

Monday

The sprint begins with structured discussions on Monday. After introductions are made and the sprint is explained, a long-term goal is set. By doing this, you can envision your finished product and the risks along the way. A map of the challenge is made next, and experts will be leaned on for advice and relevant knowledge. The last task for the first day of the sprint is to make a target based on the part of your problem that can be solved in a week.

Tuesday

Going into Tuesday, you now have a target in sight and day of understanding under your belt. You will focus on sketching solutions, beginning with a chance to change and improve existing ideas. Concrete ideas are valued over abstract solutions.

Wednesday

Your team will go into Wednesday with a variety of solutions at your disposal. After each idea is critiqued, you will decide upon the ideas that give you the best chance of achieving your goals. A storyboard is then made of the winning sketches.

Thursday

On Thursday, you will create a realistic facade to test with customers. This is based on all of the important decisions that were included in your storyboard. You will then split up your storyboard and assign different prototyping roles based on your team members’ skills. You will prepare for Friday’s test by confirming the schedule, going over the prototype and writing a script for the interview.

Friday

On the final day, you will get a reaction to the prototype you created. You will need a sprint room to watch video of what people say about the prototype during the interviews, which will be conducted in a smaller room. Five interviews are recommended. Have your whole team present to watch the feedback so you can draw better conclusions. Regardless of the outcome, you will learn what to do next.

You can learn more about our team at Pixio and how our design sprint service works by calling 888-660-2260.

November 6, 2016 at 5:01 pm | Fixed Bids Breed Bad Products

Giving estimates for software development is a dark art. There is no question about it. Software is hard and variable. To estimate software accurately is like trying to give an accurate weather forecast for two months from now.Fixed bids are simply detrimental for business as they breed bad products. A fixed bid is a contractual agreement to provide a product for a pre-determined price or price range. No two applications are the same and each require specific development and design to create your specific application.

The Need for a Flexible Pricing Model in Ever-Changing Tech World

Google has had tremendous success launching a variety of products quickly and iterating to see what sticks. They don’t accomplish this by writing 70-page specs because they know it takes the creativity out of the process. Flexibility to adapt and adjust software features truly matters for everyone.

Innovation does not thrive when mired in static and stagnant restrictions. A fixed bid pricing model, by its inherent nature, does not allow for true innovation.

At Pixio, we have dreams of disrupting your industry and don’t believe in settling for anything less than a proven model of success. When searching for software and mobile development, you’ll get a better product if you nix the fixed bid requirement.

Not only does fixed-bid pricing hurt a company, but it’s also harmful to the client. By agreeing beforehand on a fixed bid, the customer can’t take user feedback into account, therefore, preventing an app from being able to develop to its full potential.

Company vs. Client

Unfortunately, many times fixed bids pit companies and clients against each other. Instead of working together to create an amazing product, the two parties are split into two sides and begin squabbling over change orders and bug fixes.

Fixed bids do not foster cohesiveness in technological development. Instead, they sabotage a chance at cultivating a long-term relationship between the two sides. App development is not a one and done product. Your app will need to updated and kept relevant in design and functionality.

Avoiding a fixed-bid agreement is not enough. You still need a competent team working on making your software and app an exceptional product. Our staff at Pixio employs the right software engineers, programmers, designers and entrepreneurial minds for the job.

When working with our app development experts, you will receive the best end product possible. You can learn more about how we help clients from all different fields grow their business through cutting-edge apps and software by calling 888-660-2260.

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