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August 12, 2016

To Test or Not to Test? What to Include in Your Tech Prototype

Building the full version of a technology product without a prototype can be a nightmare. These samples don’t just save time during the development process — they also save money. For example, a client of ours wanted to build a tool that helps connect to and monitor physical servers. We wanted to use Bluetooth technology, but because the product didn’t have those capabilities built in, we had to pick from a wide array of standalone Bluetooth chips.

August 10, 2016

Crowdsourcing: Spotify's Secret Weapon for Curation at Scale

At first, Spotify's Discover Weekly seems no different than recommendation engines available through Apple's or Pandora's streaming platforms. But take a peek under the hood, and you'll notice the streaming giants have taken three distinct routes to serving up hits. Apple's newest streaming platform, Apple Music, offers tracks sorted by genre and curated by teams of internal editors. The recommendations, to be sure, are spot-on — but one has to wonder: Is the model viable for companies that, unlike Apple, can't afford to run at a perpetual loss?

August 08, 2016

10-Tip Guide To IoT Product Design

When thinking about the future of technology, it's hard not to imagine living like The Jetsons in a utopian future, taking saucer-shaped aerocars from sky-high homes to three-day-a-week jobs. It's a wonderful dream, but the fast-approaching future of technology-infused life will contain a lot fewer jetpacks and many more solutions that quietly — almost imperceptibly — make life easier.

August 05, 2016

Walk Up and Do Anything using the Physical Web

What is the Physical Web? After working with iBeacons in iOS, we wanted to see if there was a similar technology available for Android users. This was where we discovered Eddystone, an open Bluetooth protocol that supports several varieties of data packets so your beacon can emit different types of information.

July 26, 2016

Yeti Launches “The Ultimate Guide to Prototyping Success”

New Whitepaper from SF-based Design and Development Studio Provides Candid, Actionable Approaches to Implementing Time-and Money-Saving Prototyping Processes