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Alexa For Your Business? Contact Gooii Today

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Alexa is moving into your business workspace as an intelligent office assistance helping you with everyday tasks such as calendar management and connecting you to remote meetings.

It’s really fantastic that an #API has been included that allows organisations to commission #softwaredevelopment companies like #Gooii_Design to build voice enabled products and services, providing context-aware voice experiences for their customers too.

Interested in using #Alexa ? Contact Gooii today.

Posted in: Blog blog rss feed | Date: 12th December 2017 | Author: craiggooii-com | Sector: Alexa, Andriod, app, Architecture, automation, Commercial, Hospitality, Hotel, iPhone, Mobile, software development

Hotel Room Automation Apps

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Great to hear Hilton Hotels are adopting more #app technology to help with hotel room automation. Firstly there was automated checking in systems and keyless entry with your phone.  Now his fantastic use of technology is moving forward and can now control and remember all aspects of our preferred room #experience; not only lighting and setting our ideal temperature for when we arrive. So you arrive to your hotel, you are booked in and go straight to your room where your most preferred temperature and lighting levels are all set. Gooii are also in discussions with clients who are interested in utilising #AmazonAlexa.

Does your business need apps to #engage and #improvecustomerloyalty within your business? Contact #Gooii_Design today.

Posted in: Blog blog rss feed | Date: 12th December 2017 | Author: craiggooii-com | Sector: Andriod, app, Architecture, automation, Commercial, Hospitality, Hotel, iPhone, Mobile, software development

JustEat Enters FTSE100

JustEat has entered the FTSE100. What a meteoric rise via a business model based on a #Website and #App. On Dragons Den, Debra Meedham said to Hungry House that she thought ordering takeaways this way was not peoples thought process and declared herself out within seconds, as did Peter Jones. But on this occasion they were both wrong about the concept and this business is now worth an estimated £1.5bn.

Got an idea for a #business app that maybe others have dismissed or said ‘that will never work’?

Get in touch and see if #Gooii_Design can help.

Posted in: Blog blog rss feed | Date: 29th November 2017 | Author: craiggooii-com | Sector: Apps, Commercial

Mobile App Growth Is Astonishing

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Recent surveys suggest 42% of SMBs have built a mobile #app, and that number is expected to grow to 67% by the end of 2017. The fact is we spend more time on our smartphones than we do our desktops and its only going one way. Businesses cannot afford to ignore that change in tide and not have a dedicated business app or at the very minimum a fully responsive website.

So if you wish to give your business a boost with your own business app for mobile trading, improve your brand awareness with customers and prospects then call Gooii today.

#Apps # ecommerce #Gooii_Design

Posted in: Blog blog rss feed | Date: 27th October 2017 | Author: craiggooii-com | Sector: Android, app, Apple, Google, iPhone, software development

Bespoke Printed VR Headsets

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Amazing #GoogleCardboard #VR headsets for our award winning app #DriveVR.

Many people who discuss #VR or #AR projects with us incorrectly assume you need expensive headsets. Yes you can purchase #Oculus Rift headsets that cost many hundreds of pounds each but you can also buy #SamsungGearVR that are significantly cheaper. If you are presenting your #VirtualReality or #AugmentedReality product to groups of delegates, then why not consider #GoogleCardboard headsets. These are even better value alternatives and because of their price they can take these home with them after the event.

One distinct advantage with these headsets, apart from the price point, are the possibilities of branding them with your corporate or app identity, like #DriveVR.  This option can reinforce your brand awareness long after the initial engagement has ended and ensure the delegates have an opportunity to share your product with friends and spread the word.

Posted in: Blog blog rss feed | Date: 13th October 2017 | Author: craiggooii-com | Sector: Andriod, app, Architecture, Commercial, Construction, Google Cardboard, iPhone, Mixed Reality, Mobile, software development, Virtual Reality

Augmented Reality Architectural Model

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A fantastic Augmented Reality architectural model project. The traditional printed drawings are laid out on a desk but by using a tablet, the clients can now see the houses start building on top of the drawings right in front of them, including the landscape growing out of the ground and gently maturing.
Couple this with a live link to a database to feed house specifications, interior views and their status to the model, this offers something quite unique to any construction company, architect or estate agent.
This technology can also be integrated into your current website so contact us today!
#Architecture #ModelMaking#ArchitecturalModels #AugmentedReality #AR #VR #Construction #Gooii_Design

Posted in: Blog blog rss feed | Date: 11th October 2017 | Author: craiggooii-com | Sector: Andriod, app, Architecture, Commercial, Construction, iPhone, Mixed Reality, Mobile, software development, Virtual Reality

Road Safety Courses Enhanced By Virtual Reality

Safer Roads Humber commissioned a report recently that evaluated the psychological and physiological effects that take place when viewing differing types of content. The results included that the playing of a 3D film against a standard 2D did increased impact on their 120 students who took part in the study.

However the report also confirmed our opinions that playing of a VR video on its own will not lead to the required behaviour change and could lead to participants detaching themselves from the scenarios playing to them. We believe the VR content must be delivered in a innovative way and be used as part of a wider intervention approach that includes quality education and possibly meeting the victims of tragedy to become effective.

Our award winning DriveVR road safety app developed with West Mercia Police has an innovate timeline approach so it can effectively communicate the adverse effects a decision can have on their own future life chances.

If you wish Gooii to help you increase engagement on your safety courses then please contact us today.

#Gooii_Design #VirtualReality #Apps #RoadSafety

Posted in: Blog blog rss feed | Date: 24th July 2017 | Author: craiggooii-com | Sector: app, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, Road Safety, Safety, Virtual Reality

Developing An App – Episode 5 – Documenting Your Brief

Before you engage with any potential development partner you need to collate all your thoughts and aspirations for your app coherently ready for presentation. Do not concern yourself with details such as what development language should be used because this is something the developers will manage and provide advice on. Your role at this stage is to provide a concise brief to communicate exactly what you would like to start the ball rolling. You don’t have to be technical to do this, just try to explain what you want your app to do.

Start with a simple requirement and expand on each descriptive within that requirement. For example your initial simple requirement may be;

I wish to develop an app that allows users to share their experiences skydiving.

This, in a nutshell, is a statement of what you would like. Now we need to expand on each of the key points in this statement;

‘app’ – would this be Android or Apple or both? Do you need a website too? Would the website allow anyone to view skydivers and their experiences?

‘users’ – would these users need to be registered? Do we need to allow registration of those users and allow them to create a profile? Then take a selfie?

‘share’ – share with friends and/or other users only? Would this be on social media or just within the app? Could people follow you and get notifications of updates?

‘experiences’ – would this be text only or take/upload pictures? upload video? would be need a blog running up the event?

‘skydiving’ – are they doing this simply or pleasure or is it for charity? do we need to reference a donation site? do we accept donations?

So now we have asked these questions the new updated requirement would look like this with the original text in bold to illustrate how we have expanded it;

I wish to develop an Android and iOS app that allows users to create an account with their main details in it including a photo via the app or a website to share with their friends on social media, via the skydiving website or app with their experiences posted via blog updates leading up to the event containing video and pictures of their  skydiving experience and give then links to their donation page if they are  doing this for charity.

We can see this is a lot more detailed than the original version and you need to carry on like this expanding and refining the detail where you can up to a point where you think you have added as much as you can think of. If we now analyse this last version of the requirement, it is probably one very long sentence with a few grammar issues but it does not matter. You now need to edit this text and you will find you have a clear initial brief of your app that any potential development partner would be pleased to receive as an initial starting point. You will also find that some information is duplicated but that is also fine and expected – remember the software developer will be creating a formal specification, pathways document and wireframes for you.

From our skydiving example you could have something like the following:

I wish to develop an Android and iOS app with accompanying website for the skydiving community to come together and share their experiences.

The app and website will allows users over the age of 16 to create an account with their main details such as Name, Address, email, gender, DOB and personal statement. They could also register using their social media or Google Account. They can assign a profile photo taken by the camera on the phone or uploaded from the Gallery. If they are doing a skydive for a charity they can register this date, give the event a description, enter a donation page link and their financial target. They can search for and follow other app users who could be there on the same date for the same reason and join their event, therefore when creating an event they need an alert if one already exists so they can join it. Once they follow another user or join an event, that users blog updates will be shared with them or followers. The user can also be notified of any other users who log that they are skydiving that same date, the same event and follow them if they wish.

To share their experiences with their friends who are not using the skydiving app, the app will allow connection to their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts either upon account creation or at a later stage. When linking their account to social media, the app will post an update to those accounts saying this user has downloaded the skydiving app to let their friends know they are taking a skydive, what date and if it’s is a charity event the links to the donation page. 

Their experiences can be recorded using the apps own blog containing text, emojis, video and pictures. When a post occurs on the blog this can update other app users who are following them or the event via notifications and an email too. The users who see these posts can also respond once again with text, emojis, video and pictures. Their linked social media accounts can also be updated from a blog post but this could be disabled on a post by post basis.

When leading up to their skydiving date, app users who follow them and social media can be reminded at 7 days and 1 day to give generously for their good cause with links to their donation page if they are doing this for charity. Once they have completed the jump they can flag the charity event as being complete and send a message to all app users who followed them and their social media pages thanking for their support.

Coming in Episode 6; How to choose the correct developer partner.



Posted in: Blog blog rss feed | Date: 13th July 2017 | Author: craiggooii-com | Sector: Andriod, app, Commercial, iPhone, Mobile, software development, Web

Developing An App - Episode 4 - Create a Prototype App

If the development costs of your app are currently beyond your budget and an MVP approach as discussed in episode 3 of this series is not a viable option, then building of a prototype with a Market Analysis Report to present to your board or chosen funding provider will be your best approach.

It is also worth considering that even if you have the funding in place, the prototype route can also be used to obtain valuable information from your target market users. Create a user group of potential clients who can provide constructive feedback on the prototype; its look, feel, navigation, functionality. This can provide you with valuable feedback that can be incorporated into the development process early on in its lifecycle. As a general rule within the software development community, the further down the road you are in the development process when you add a new a feature, the potentially greater the cost of that feature because you may have to go back previously completed stages and make a change to that coding.

A prototype will basically be a ‘working’ model of your app but all the values shown (such as name and address, a profile picture or a product list) are hard coded into the app itself. You can navigate through a typical process but everything shown on screen will be pre-populated. There may be other functions and options within the app shown on screen but these will not function but they will be there for discussion purposes. This will convey the use of the app to any investor but it will not have all the coding and database in the background. Thus the cost of a prototype will be far less than the full development of the app and more importantly it’s not wasted capital. When you do obtain funding the missing coding and database can then be built and added to the existing designs

To accompany the prototype work, your developer should also be in a position to provide you with a Market Analysis Report. This would accompany your prototype and build the cornerstone for any presentation. It should contain information and data on your chosen target market, the market need, competitor analysis, barriers to entry and any regulations that may be in place that could have an adverse affect. Within this MAR you can also incorporate some of the findings from the prototype user group to further substantiate your case.

Coming in Episode 5; How to document your requirements for a developer

Posted in: Blog blog rss feed | Date: 3rd July 2017 | Author: craiggooii-com | Sector: Andriod, app, Commercial, iPhone, Mobile, software development, Web

Developing An App - Episode 3 - How Much Does It Cost?

As the saying goes, this is the $1m question and in some cases a significant amount more! Lets consider Airbnb. A world famous app that at the current estimates cost in excess of £600m to develop increasing every day. This is excluding all other costs such as marketing, maintenance and support. Most companies or even entrepreneurs will not have this level of funds available to them when they wish to develop their idea or mobile services for their customers.

As a rough guide a very simple native application (i.e. not a responsive website) that needs to be downloaded from the appropriate app store and installed on the device will cost an absolute minimum of £10,000 to design, wireframe, document, code, test and submit to the relevant app stores.

Some might say that a responsive websites are a good alternative solution. These are websites that automatically resize to the screen size the website is being viewed upon. If you are on a desktop the menus could be on the left, when the screen is made smaller (maybe on a phone) then the menu moves to the top and is accessible under a button. Responsive websites are not always the best solution for web or functional design. What works best on a desktop with a mouse and full keyboard is not what works best on a phone where a thumb is being used to navigate.

I don’t have £1m, so how can I start my app?

Most companies or private entrepreneurs start with smaller apps and grow their mobile presence over time. There are more and more smaller businesses starting with an app that is labelled as MVP. A Minimum Viable Product contains, as its name suggests, the minimal set of features to get it off the ground. Once revenue is being generated this is used to reinvest to add more features as their budget allows. You can also use this approach to your advantage where you can ask existing users to participate in a survey at each development stage and establish what new features would be more beneficial to them. This can then guide development and give your customers what they want and help you grow. Just remember the big players like AirB&B, Starbucks, Facebook, ebay, all started off much with smaller apps than they have today from an initial limited budget. As they grew they added more features as budgets allowed.

Coming in Episode 4; How can I obtain additional funding?

Posted in: Blog blog rss feed | Date: 26th June 2017 | Author: craiggooii-com | Sector: Andriod, app, Commercial, iPhone, Mobile, software development, Web