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How will Artificial Intelligence transform the insurance industry?

Technology based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been helping transform a diverse set of industries, with large conglomerates like Apple, Google, Samsung, Fidelity, RBS, and IBM having already shown interest in it. Amazon has likewise launched an AI-based speaker, the Echo, which connects to the cloud and responds to voice commands on everything from managing to-do lists to playing one's favourite songs. 


Life in the fastlane: an Android dev's take on the popular open source package

Towards the end of January, 2017, Google acquired the developer platform, Fabric, the idea being that the combined business would help mobile teams build better apps, better understand their users and ultimately grow their companies. Included was a set of developer tools called fastlane, created through an open source project, which were already being used by thousands of development teams to automate both the building and the release of iPhone and Android apps.



VR, AR & MR: new innovations in hardware

As regular readers of our blog will know, we're huge fans of immersive tech - Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality - which we believe will shape the future of business and entertainment. The research backs us up; according to the data platform Statista, headset sales will hit US$3.2bn this year, and accessories sales US$564m.



Integrating Apps to enhance learning

As an educator with a passionate interest in the potential of new technologies, it strikes me how learning opportunities have widened significantly in the last decade. In part, this has been due to the spread of knowledge enabled by tools like apps and Wikipedia, as well as intelligent voice recognition platforms, such as Siri, Google and Cortana, all of which make the learning process more interactive and engaging, helping with motivation and grasping new concepts. 



We were interested in how the features and capabiltiies of Amazon Echo could be useful in the care of Alzheimer’s patients.

Our research into the disease suggests many may be able to benefit from a system that is always on-hand, can assist in multiple tasks and does not have a high interaction cost. This white paper outlines our findings in detail, along with ideas for future developments.

  • How the Echo can help Alzheimer’s patients
  • How it helps carers & family/friends

  • The patient journey map
  • Conversational UI advantages in Healthcare


How I Stay Sharp

Working as a UI/UX designer 9-5, five days a week, you might assume I would have ample time in which to practice my craft. I've found, though, that all this does is keep me steady and complacent; I'm not developing my skills so much as repeating that which I can already do. A project comes in, and in a short stretch of time, it needs to be designed and sent out for build. Because of this, I have little time in my working week to learn, get truly creative and improve my personal skill set.



Custom stackView: an easy way to lay out components

With the recent introduction of a wide range of new components to iOS, UIStackView caught my eye. After building a few test apps and deliberating at length with colleagues I realised a core concept I had assumed to be in place was missing - the ability to set specific widths to any 'Sub views' placed within a single UIStackView.



Smartwatches - Novelty pieces or intelligent gadgets?

Wearables - What category do they fit in?


Since so-called ‘smart wearables’ were first launched some time ago, digital firms have attempted to divide them into various categories as a means studying the products themselves and the growth of the sector.


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