Real Estate: Augmented Reality App
Cambria, a countertop manufacturer based in Minnesota, has started spreading the news about their new augmented reality app. The app lays digital images on top of the real world when people look through a smartphone lens.
Brian Peters, chief marketing officer of Cambria, says the app is all about ease of use. He quotes making sure his 12-year-old daughter and 41-year-old wife would both be able to use the app comfortably. Along with other home furnishers, like Ikea and Wayfair, Cambria is at the forefront of the home augmented reality revolution. Superimposing a computer-generated image into real life is allowing customers to see what a potential purchase will look like in a way they haven’t been able to in the past. The technology behind augmented reality isn’t new, but the consumer’s interactions with it is. Apple released ARKit last summer, a toolkit allowing developers to create augmented reality apps, and released their latest operating system to be compatible with such apps. For now, simple tools are being created, but the potential for more in-depth tools to help with things like speeding up decision making processes, or giving more personalization, are what many see in the near future.
Some other areas where augmented reality could be useful include the architectural and construction world and the home-buying process. To learn more about this app and other new ones, visit here.
App Alert: Nextdoor for Your Neighborhood
The Nextdoor app is a private social network for your neighborhood and community. Nextdoor is said to be the best way to stay in the know about what’s going on in your neighborhood. This could be anything from finding a babysitter, learning about an upcoming block party, or even hearing about a break-in.
The free app believes there are many ways our neighbors can help us and vice versa, so Nextdoor became the easy way to connect one another. With over 158,000 neighborhoods across the country using Nextdoor, you can use the app to find your neighborhood. The environment of the app is designed to be private so only you and your neighbors can securely keep up with everything going on by talking online and making each other’s lives better in the real world. There are many ways the app can be used including to organize a neighborhood crime watch, find a trustworthy babysitter, keep an eye out for a missing pet, find a new home for old toys or furniture, among many others.
Nextdoor was founded in 2010 and is based in San Francisco, CA. The company hopes neighbors will use the platform to build stronger and safer communities around the world. To learn more visit here. Let us know your opinion if you download and try the app out!
Merging: Datto and Autotask
Datto recently announced their plan to be acquired by Vista Equity Partners, and merge with Autotask. Vista Equity Partners, a leading investment firm focused on software, data and technology-enabled businesses acquired Autotask in 2014. The new acquisition of Datto will combine the leading backup and disaster recovery solutions with Vista’s strategic expertise for supporting high-growth tech companies.
The merge of Autotask’s leading IT management solutions, with Datto’s data protection solutions will create a single provider to meet the needs of Managed Service Providers and IT Service Providers with everything from operations to service delivery. Datto’s CEO, Austin McChord, says there will be details to iron out in the beginning stages of the merger, but stresses that Datto will still be Datto. Their goal is to continue making products that work well with the components that businesses use to run their business and serve their customers. Datto also says the merger will allow them to provide more resources to offer with the same exceptional service they are known for.
To learn more about the merger, and to read the official press release, visit here.