Butterfleye receives $512,608 in funding!

What is this?

Security cameras have been a great help to businesses and families who value privacy. With the advent of technology, many of these have different features which are suited for different type of individuals. There’s a new SMART camera for the home that can help you keep tabs when you’re away from home. This is Butterfleye and it promises to be more efficient than what’s already out there. It uses activity-based recording which records everytime it detects movements or sound. This can save energy, storage and bandwidth and the ho-hum footage of empty rooms.

 

Why is it important?

This is a good device to have for people who constantly travel and who want to keep watching over their children or even pets. What makes this special is that it uses Activity-Based Recording so you can save time staring at something and end up not finding anything. This idea came from a simple CCTV camera and made it better and more valuable! People are always looking for ways to improve something that they already have or use. Be that person who creates something new from something old and outdated!

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Petbot: Your Pet’s New Best Toy Aims To Raise $80,000 USD

What is this?

Leaving pets at home unattended can sometimes be risky. We all know they can be a little rowdy at times making you consider the idea of getting someone to watch over them or you can just hope that they will be on their best behaviour. Chances are, sometimes, you go home and see your things scattered around making you feel disappointed. Fret no more, there’s something that can make things a little less stressful.

Introducing, Petbot. It is a home camera that lets you monitor your pet’s activities while you are away. It also sends you a notification when something is up like say your dog is crying. All you have to do is turn on the camera and you can see what’s happening. It uses “petificial intelligence” to detect record, share and notify you when your pet is active. You can also speak through a microphone so your pet can hear you anywhere in the world.

 

Why is this important?

Petbot brings a new experience to pet lovers by the use of petificial intelligence. With Petificial Intelligence, pets can send video selfies and notify their owners in addition to the live video features security cameras provide. Petbot is available in IOS and Android. This app shows how you can use hardware and power it via an app. With cameras, they are used for so many things from taking your normal photos, to CCTV. Is there something that hasn’t been done yet? Could you have the next big idea!

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The Companion App: Your Virtual Friend That Walks You Home

What is this?

Thousands of people are now hooked to a free personal safety mobile app that allows friends to virtually walk you home at night. The Companion app enables users to request a family member or a friend to keep them company virtually and track their journey home via GPS. The app is available in IOS and ANDROID. The user can send out several requests to different phone contacts, and those who are available gets an SMS with a hyperlink that allows them to track the user’s whereabouts. If for example the user runs, or drops his headset, the app can detect these changes in movement and asks the users if they’re okay.

If the user is fine, they can press a button on the app to confirm within 15 seconds. If they do not press the button, the app emits a real emergency alarm that can scare criminals off and allows you to make a phone call to authorities.

According to co-founder Lexie Ernst, a senior at the University of Michigan, “We’ve had a lot of people outside the US downloading the app. Since we launched, we’ve had dozens of emails from people in the US, as well as many other countries like the UK, Belgium, France, and Norway.”

 

Why is this important?

This app is pretty amazing because this will help commuters at night to somehow feel safe even If they travel alone. A lot of universities can also urge their students to use this app to prevent crimes and keep criminals at bay. This is a game changer in the mobile app industry because it takes safety to a whole another level. This app takes a real life problem (in this case, late night muggings, attacks) and makes a difference. Even if this app saves one person from being mugged then its all worth it. An app that potentially save your life is a great one in my books!

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Roadie: The Uber For Shipping And Delivery

What is this?

The Roadie app is considered as carpooling for cargo. When you have left something at home, say your wallet or a pen, a roadie driver can lend an open hand.No matter what you need to send, chances are there’s a Roadie who can deliver it same day, next day, at night or even on weekends. It’s a faster, cheaper, friendlier way to get your stuff where it needs to go.The item being shipped does not need any kind of packaging since the driver can simply pack the item in their trunk or available seats. Additionally, the Roadies deliver the packages themselves and can therefore be tracked in real time using the app.This app has also been recently funded totalling $10 million. The investors include UPS, Warren Stephens of Stephens Inc. and TomorrowVentures and others.

 

Why is this important?

This App takes a service that is already there and makes it more convenient for the end user. So, the delivery service is already there, but problems come with that. Such as a delivery being left outside as the customer wasn’t home to sign for it. Roadie has solved this issue as you can get a Roadie driver to pick this item up at your convenience. This app has also been developing a proprietary background info to all “Roadies” to ensure the safety of its users.The company has recently partnered with Waffle House in all of its US locations in exchange for making it as the rendezvous of all “Roadies”.

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A New Milestone For Instagram

What is this?

The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app has now added a new feature that lets users exchange messages and lets you share content (location, hashtag pages and profiles) from your feed as a DM (direct message). This is an interesting addition because users can now follow the flow of conversation about a certain topic without making a new one each time.

Before, when users see interesting photo or videos they usually do @(name) but this app has made it more convenient to share interesting subjects on Instagram by clicking the arrow sitting beneath a post next to the like or comment button.

“We wanted to design Direct around conversations that are very visual and very rich. It was a natural extension, honestly, for our community,” says Ann Baum, a software engineer who works on Direct.

Instagram is one of the top rated mobile apps in the industry so this milestone is a very good addition to its already stellar features.

 

Why is this important?

Instagram has around 300 million members making it as one of the best apps ever created. This new feature has changed the whole Instagram experience making it feel like a cool messaging app. This is a new way of generating huge buzz in what you see on Instagram. Even though Instagram is huge, they are still finding ways to improve. Its important to keep your app up-to-date with the times.

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Note-Taking At Its Finest: Letterspace

What is this?

With the fast-paced lifestyle that we have, people often have no time to jot down to-do list and whatnot. Mobile productivity apps have long been helping people on the go with different types of activities made easy and accessible with just a tap of the finger. There is one productivity app that has been making a buzz lately because of its simple aesthetic yet easy to use features. Introducing,Letterspace, a note-taking app that is a pleasure to use.

Letterspace doesn’t come with bells and whistles when it comes to design. It literally is just a blank slate which makes it easy for users to type important errands to accomplish. Users have the options to purchase different texts or fonts though if they want to. The most interesting feature of this app is its way of organising by using hashtags and mentions. If for example, you put #Moviestowatch, all of the list under this category will be set in the same place.

 

Why is this important?

It’s minimalist design makes it more appealing because there isn’t too much going on so you can easily see what you have typed. Although this app is not the first one to offer this type of experience, it still stands out because of its simplicity and friendly interface. Also, this will prompt mobile app developers to create future apps which aim towards keeping things simple without compromising quality and function. Could the way Letterspace designed their app change your mind when it comes to design?

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Sampler Sends Free Samples And Takes It To The Next Level!

What is this?

Sampler is an app, which enables companies to give way free product samples online through the app. Our lives are often too fast paced for us to stop in the supermarket to try free food samples for example. Not only that, there is so much to think about when providing a free sample to a potential customer. Going back to the food samples; they need to know the ingredients, where they can buy it, what other products can be cross sold, Social media pages that are available to browse etc. Sampler puts all this information in one place for the potential customer thus enabling the company’s product to be reviewed and advertised efficiently. The company raised $1 million from Canadian investors including Bank Development Canada and MaRs IAF as well as David Perkins the ex-CEO of Molson Canada. They have 89 clients and 250,000 customers have used the app to pick up samples.

 

Why is this important?

This app is effective in giving the user something they want, a freebie (who doesn’t love a freebie!) and receiving very valuable information such as product and demographic feedback. This is the information that all companies strive to get to improve and build their business/brand. By creating an app which acquires this information, you are creating something valuable that companies will want to use and pay for.

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Large Goods Transporting App Raises $3.8 Million

What is this?

Often when we buy large furniture items, it can be a struggle to transport the item. Not to mention, it takes organization and often requires a specialist vehicle that may not be readily available for you to use. Lugg is an app which makes this easier. It puts you in connection with local movers who will pick up your item for you and drop it at the destination of your choice. To use Lugg, customers just need to upload a photo of the item, location, drop off point then pay through the app. The startup, a recent grad from Y Combinator’s Summer 2015 class, has now raised $3.8 million in funding from a number of investors, which will allow it to grow its team and expand to new cities.

 

Why is this important?

It shows how you can take a simple business that already exists and make it become worth more by expanding its reach and customer base using an app. The idea is already there, you just need to think how your app can help your business expand and reach new levels.

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