Augmented Reality | Bringing interactive reading & learning tools to young explorers in real-time

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If you grew up watching Nick Jr., you already know how much of an impact interactive television shows, such as Blue’s Clues, can have on a young mind. Our children feel as if the characters on the show are actually their friends, and they quickly embrace the second-person experience, as a means for early-learning education. They become like sponges — easily engaged and encouraged by conversation. Intrigued by curiosity, they thirst for exploration. And while they quickly absorb the material and storylines presented before them, there is a huge divide between reality and storytelling that continues to leave a void out in the open.

Augmented reality is changing all of that, allowing our children to thrive at levels we have never seen before.Our children learn in different ways, and yet reading is a major part of who we become as students, educators, and professionals in our fields. We learn visually, we learn through auditorial experiences and we learn through pure immersion, completely saturated in the overall experience.

One company making a difference.

Within, a Los Angeles-based tech company, has been taking advantage of this ideal, creating exciting new platforms and highly interactive experiences in augmented, mixed and virtual reality since about 2014. Last year, they introduced a wide spectrum of learning tools that would bring interactive reading experiences into the forefront of early childhood development.

Yesterday, they announced an “Intergalactic, AR Reading Adventure Sends Kids into Space.

As it releases its fourth augmented reality storybook, Clio’s Cosmic Quest, Within continues to embrace augmented reality when telling “extraordinary stories” to an audience of young readers. In fact, the launch of the early-learning reading app, Wonderscope, has been nothing short of a welcoming experience, as these young readers are met with a lovable character, who stops at nothing to engage their young minds while leaving a lasting impression sure to last a lifetime.

Meet Clio.

Meet Clio — a tiny particle of purple stardust — as she literally enters into our world and immediately greets your child with meaningful dialogue and an overall sense of inclusion. She includes them into the narrative and invites them to join her on a mission through our solar system. They are, then, presented with a combination of “read-out-loud” experiences, that include interactive diagrams, maps and fun facts to help them through their journey.

Students can choose to interact one-on-one or they can bring their classmates along for the journey. As a team, they join Clio in challenging reading bullies, meeting the Sun and bringing an entire nebula back together — just in the nick of time!

Real-time lessons on life.

“We’ve written lines for kids that teach them how to handle bullies, stick up for what they believe in, and be there for those that need help,” states Within’s Director of Development, Jonny Ahdout, about this rewarding new game.

The story about Clio becomes just one more addition to Wonderscope’s growing library of augmented titles, including A Brief History of Stunts by Astounding People, Little Red the Inventor and Wonder’s Land Ringmaster Wanted — with even more stories and adventures to be released in upcoming months.

According to a recent press release, “Wonderscope’s voice recognition system is built to understand and nurture confidence in new readers at a wide range of levels, and with different dialects and accents. The app provides visual and aural feedback by highlighting words, and having characters make eye contact and react expressively back to the user.

Clio’s Cosmic Quest ends with a fully interactive bonus scene where users explore and learn more about space, planets and solar systems, developing a playful appreciation for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).”

Wonderscope is geared towards kids, aged 6 and older and currently holds a solid 4-star rating from Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization that provides education and advocacy to families, through the promotion of safe technologies and media for children.

The app is currently free and available on all AR-enabled iOS devices, although stories themselves can run as high as $4.99 a piece.

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Hey, Lazy! There’s a New App With Your Name on It!

Robots and Pencils, Cakewalk, Fitness, Health, Weightloss, Monitoring, iOS, iPhone, Apple Watch, Smartwatch, App, Ben Myers, Routines, Social Media, Social Accountability, Activity, Digital Pivot, Talent Zoo, Technology, Technology News

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What a shame! No, really, what a shame!

Robots and Pencils just released a new app this morning for the iPhone and Apple Watch that gives us a whole new perspective to fitness, weight loss, and our overall health, period. And, it’s no cakewalk, either. Or, wait… maybe it is CAKEWALK.

With a growing market for health and mobile fitness, it was bound to happen. A mobile app with personality stepped onto the scene.

CAKEWALK is, according to the creator, Ben Myers, meant for “Anyone who needs added incentive to stay fit.” They can “download their own personal drill instructor to their phone — a sarcastic cake with legs character who is hard to please and eager to shame.”

The app was built on the ideal that some people need tough love in their workout regimen and daily routine. Because some people respond better to harsh criticism, CAKEWALK throws out all traditional models of positive reinforcement out the window, bringing “more sass than sugar” to get people into gear.

Public shame brings out the inner tiger in some, pushing them out of their complacent behaviors and into a healthier lifestyle. CAKEWALK isn’t just letting your friends know that you are a “fat, lazy pig,” the app connects directly to Twitter, calling out users on their slothfulness, shaming them in front of not just friends, but the world!

If users would rather avoid being called out, they will opt in to completed daily challenges, bringing the mobility back into mobile. The iPhone’s motion activity will clock user steps and movements throughout each day and throughout each challenge. Movement is then compared to those of previous activities, receiving accolades only where it is warranted and dishing out the insults when the user falls behind.

Users not taking part in daily challenges are required to pay a dollar each time they need to skip a challenge — or be barred from using its features. Encouraging friendly competition and a true fitness team spirit, leaderboards allow friends and followers to compete for the number one spot. This brings back personal responsibility and self-accountability to the mix.

While this may sound damaging to one’s psyche, there is a strong reinforcement of cause and effect. Those who tend to be more lax in their day-to-day activity should probably not download this app. But, for those who are looking for some true motivation, this app doesn’t just sound like a novelty. It sounds like fun!

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Continue Holiday Savings Through the Holidays with WishAlerts

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There’s no better time for shopping than the holiday season. But right after the holidays, sales are “sleeping in heavenly peace” as they decide to return to the same overpriced mess that they were before Halloween. Most prices will remain peaked until an all-clearance event or the next year’s Black Friday sales. Say no more! We got this!

To help you through your year, WishAlerts released the birth of a new savior. This one will save your wallets and continue holiday savings through the new year. This is a first for “interactive commerce,” as it connects mobile shoppers with merchants, and cuts out “the middle man.”

Granting “wishes,” merchants will be able lower prices for immediate sales of goods per demand of nearby shoppers and via mobile connection. Saving on costs and expenses associated with marketing and in competition with “the big guys,” local businesses will receive the support they deserve in remaining a number one favorite to local and surrounding communities.

Centralizing deals without the need of multiple apps and access to a plethora of websites with random interests, merchants will now have a new way to leverage local support. This will not only cut costs by saving time, but advertising costs will drop, as the need to print unused coupons will be diminished increasingly. Through the WishAlerts platform, businesses and consumers are better matched, based on demand and interest, while encouraging sales and allow them to keep in the statewide markets.

Because this app is interactive, consumers will be connecting with merchants directly. It acts, in some cases, as a first point of contact and allows businesses to introduce their goods and services to offer something special to each and every consumer. One thing big business is lacking it exactly what local merchants can offer — personalized experiences, genuine relationships, and amazing offers.

As users enter their wishes into the system, they are routed to nearby merchants, who will then supply a bid that “grants a wish” for that user, creating an “instant offer” to the consumer. Sales may then take place within the app itself, ensuring an instant sale that converts right then and there.

With a built in CRM (customer relationship management) system, the app acts as an interactive contact center, providing additional marketing features, promotional items, and social media points of contact — further connecting merchants with consumers. Additionally, users may follow favorite local retailers to receive alerts of exclusive offers.

Predicted to increase by 30% from 2015 to 2017, mobile transactions are becoming increasingly the “norm,” as global sales reflect a trend of “buy it now” ideology. The market is further predicted to exceed $75B in revenue by 2017. Any business leveraging the power of mobile will be sure to see growth and success through early positioning in the mobile commerce space.



To help you through your year, WishAlerts released the birth of a new savior. This one will save your wallets and continue holiday savings through the new year. This is a first for “interactive commerce,” as it connects mobile shoppers with merchants, and cuts out “the middle man.”

Granting “wishes,” merchants will be able lower prices for immediate sales of goods per demand of nearby shoppers and via mobile connection. Saving on costs and expenses associated with marketing and in competition with “the big guys,” local businesses will receive the support they deserve in remaining a number one favorite to local and surrounding communities.

Centralizing deals without the need of multiple apps and access to a plethora of websites with random interests, merchants will now have a new way to leverage local support. This will not only cut costs by saving time, but advertising costs will drop, as the need to print unused coupons will be diminished increasingly. Through the WishAlerts platform, businesses and consumers are better matched, based on demand and interest, while encouraging sales and allow them to keep in the statewide markets.

Because this app is interactive, consumers will be connecting with merchants directly. It acts, in some cases, as a first point of contact and allows businesses to introduce their goods and services to offer something special to each and every consumer. One thing big business is lacking it exactly what local merchants can offer — personalized experiences, genuine relationships, and amazing offers.

As users enter their wishes into the system, they are routed to nearby merchants, who will then supply a bid that “grants a wish” for that user, creating an “instant offer” to the consumer. Sales may then take place within the app itself, ensuring an instant sale that converts right then and there.

With a built in CRM (customer relationship management) system, the app acts as an interactive contact center, providing additional marketing features, promotional items, and social media points of contact — further connecting merchants with consumers. Additionally, users may follow favorite local retailers to receive alerts of exclusive offers.

Predicted to increase by 30% from 2015 to 2017, mobile transactions are becoming increasingly the “norm,” as global sales reflect a trend of “buy it now” ideology. The market is further predicted to exceed $75B in revenue by 2017. Any business leveraging the power of mobile will be sure to see growth and success through early positioning in the mobile commerce space.

There’s no better time for shopping than the holiday season. But right after the holidays, sales are “sleeping in heavenly peace” as they decide to return to the same overpriced mess that they were before Halloween. Most prices will remain peaked until an all-clearance event or the next year’s Black Friday sales. Say no more! We got this!

To help you through your year, WishAlerts released the birth of a new savior. This one will save your wallets and continue holiday savings through the new year. This is a first for “interactive commerce,” as it connects mobile shoppers with merchants, and cuts out “the middle man.”

Granting “wishes,” merchants will be able lower prices for immediate sales of goods per demand of nearby shoppers and via mobile connection. Saving on costs and expenses associated with marketing and in competition with “the big guys,” local businesses will receive the support they deserve in remaining a number one favorite to local and surrounding communities.

Centralizing deals without the need of multiple apps and access to a plethora of websites with random interests, merchants will now have a new way to leverage local support. This will not only cut costs by saving time, but advertising costs will drop, as the need to print unused coupons will be diminished increasingly. Through the WishAlerts platform, businesses and consumers are better matched, based on demand and interest, while encouraging sales and allow them to keep in the statewide markets.

Because this app is interactive, consumers will be connecting with merchants directly. It acts, in some cases, as a first point of contact and allows businesses to introduce their goods and services to offer something special to each and every consumer. One thing big business is lacking it exactly what local merchants can offer — personalized experiences, genuine relationships, and amazing offers.

As users enter their wishes into the system, they are routed to nearby merchants, who will then supply a bid that “grants a wish” for that user, creating an “instant offer” to the consumer. Sales may then take place within the app itself, ensuring an instant sale that converts right then and there.

With a built in CRM (customer relationship management) system, the app acts as an interactive contact center, providing additional marketing features, promotional items, and social media points of contact — further connecting merchants with consumers. Additionally, users may follow favorite local retailers to receive alerts of exclusive offers.

Predicted to increase by 30% from 2015 to 2017, mobile transactions are becoming increasingly the “norm,” as global sales reflect a trend of “buy it now” ideology. The market is further predicted to exceed $75B in revenue by 2017. Any business leveraging the power of mobile will be sure to see growth and success through early positioning in the mobile commerce space.

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Now You Can Dream in the Cloud: DreamSphere Comes to Android

Previously Published to TalentZoo’s Digital Pivot

Dreams are said to be a portal into the spiritual realm. Our ancestors are allowed to contact us and give us warning from the other side. They can provide us foresight that things are going to get better. They visit us in our sleep, providing us with symbolism and direct messages.

And even if you don’t believe any of that, science has proven time and time again that the dream realm is another dimension into our minds. We are able to relax just deeply enough to analyze our waking world. Our subconscious is providing us with solutions and warning us of potential issues that await us.



Whichever you believe — if you believe anything — dreams are meant to be broken down, piece by piece.

For years, people have been going to sites like DreamMods.com or visiting their spirit coaches for advice. Breaking down dreams based on color, shape, words, and imagery has provided insight to many of our lives.

Today, DreamsCloud, an online dream resource, launches the DreamSphere app for Android. Already available for iPhone, now the rest of the world can share their dreams with others.

The DreamSphere app allows users to keep a dream journal next to their bed. This means that they can ditch the pen and pad, no longer squinting as they scribble down notes, trying not to awaken fully. The journal comes attached to a “Smart Alarm,” allowing users to wake periodically to record their dreams throughout the night. With a transcription option available, users don’t have to type in the journal. They can simply speak into their smartphone and have it typed out for them – across 40 different languages.

Through the Dream Journal, users can track the emotional intensity of their dreams. Using the calendar tool, they can search specific dreams and map out their dream intensity over time, “revealing overarching themes and the overall state of their subconscious.” They will even be able to reference those days they forgot to dream. It only takes 50 words of detail for the app to gain insight on dream patterns.

Using a massive Dream Dictionary, users can search key terms from their dreams, across cultures and across religions, to find the exact meaning of the symbol they encountered. And, if that fails, one of the cloud’s 1.9 million dreamers can give you insight into your dream, interpreting it on your behalf.

As for privacy, users can rest assured that dreams can be hidden and their dream won’t be made into the next blockbuster film. If they want to share it across social media, they can. But if they want to keep it private, it’s good to know that these dreams are extra secure and locked behind dual-identity protocol and 128-bit encryption.

“Understanding our dreams and what they are trying to tell us can have such a significant impact on our overall health and mental well-being,” states Jean-Marc Emden, CEO and co-founder of DreamsCloud. “With the launch of DreamSphere for Android, we wanted to tap into the endlessly fascinating world of dreams by creating an app that will provide users with a valuable on-the-go companion for daily wellness and self-reflection. By empowering people to log, discuss and discover their dreams, DreamSphere can help people achieve a better understanding of themselves.”

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Keep Your New Year’s Resolution with the ‘Good Habit App’

Previously Published to TalentZoo’s Digital Pivot

With New Year’s on the way, everyone is making resolutions to stop procrastinating or to stop biting their nails or to quit smoking. Truthfully, everyone is making some type of resolution, but not many will actually keep them. There are a few reasons for this.

One reason may be that they didn’t practice before the New Year — when they knew they would backslide, giving up once the year begins due to discouragement. Another reason may be that they actually couldn’t handle the pressure. But, for the most part, people just plain forget. Habits come to us as second nature, so there is no way to get around them most of time — or even realize we’re doing them.

Yesterday, health-technology company ORCAS released “The Good Habit App,” MindSet, to assist users in adopting new, healthy lifestyle habits without forgetting to implement them into their daily lives. Over time, good habits are embedded into our subconscious, helping us to quit our bad habits by simply adopting good ones. ORCAS’ portfolio of self-management and self-development apps just got more personal. With an executive team of professionals with 20 years or more of experience in behavioral health, this was bound to happen.

A “scientifically validated” mobile app, users are educated on how their bad habits are affecting disease and health conditions in their day-to-day routine. Issues like obesity, hypertension, diabetes, stress, and depression are tackled in getting users onto the right path to healthy living. They are slowly introduced to improved habits, allowing gradual management into a “move toward the bigger target.” Some of these habit-adoption plans include exercise and physical activity, improved sleep and better eating patterns, and positive emotions, attitudes, and social support.

“We have advanced mobile self-management not only by recommending healthy behaviors but also by activating new habits using current behavior science,” states Michael Mulvihill, ORCAS CEO. “For the first time, in one mobile app, we address critical behaviors that are associated with major chronic diseases, which are a prime driver of healthcare costs.”

With a mobile platform engineered by actual professionals in behavioral and clinical health, this app is sure to  make positive changes in the lives of its users. Developing good habits, as opposed to clinging on to old, worn-out habits that are killing us, is a good way to literally “ring” in the New Year. Because this app won’t let us forget our resolution, it is most likely that we will keep those resolutions on into our old age.

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Paws For a Minute: New App Makes Owning a Pet Just a Little Bit Simpler

Pet Connection, Pets, Dogs, Dog Walker, Pet Care, App, iOS, Android, Walkio, Technology, Technology News, Digital Pivot, Digital Gadgetry, Pet Walker

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Proving there is an app for everything, a new pet-sitting and dog-walking app has launched in the greater Los Angeles area and is making life just a little bit easier for the average pet owner in the region. As Los Angeles continues to be one of the top cities to relocate to for career opportunities, there continue to be pet owners who are in need of a little help when work responsibilities overlap personal lives. Ensuring a quality life for our furry-footed loved ones could be not only beneficial to them but also guilt-free for us.



Walkio, a web-based mobile application and database, provides instant access to willing dog walkers and pet sitters. The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, known as APPA, a leading not-for-profit trade association servicing the interests of pet product manufacturers and importers, recently released a survey stating that 65% of all Americans own a pet, yet between 6–8 million pets end up entering shelters on an annual basis. This happens because the lifestyle of the career professional and/or student often requires travel, working away from home, longer hours, and finding a affordable, dependable pet sitter, which can become a very difficult task.

In 2014, lightning struck as founder Hunter Reed and Cody Dysert, a software engineer, met at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and came up with the idea for Walkio. Cody had previously been running IT for his family business while building an app-based business solution for on-demand deliveries. Learning about each other’s interests, the two began conversing about the possibility of collaboration. Deciding to work together, they came up with the idea of Walkio and immediately formed a partnership. They have made it their goal “to ease the pains that pet owners face  [choosing between careers and their ‘family’]” with hopes of “making owning a pet easier and as a result reduce the number of pets in shelters.”

Utilizing web-based technologies, Walkio matches local pet sitters and dog walkers to compatible owners in need of ongoing care of their fur babies. Walkio also provides options for last-minute and emergency pet sitting, which can be a very difficult task without the use of such a powerful tool. Pet owners receive notifications upon arrival, departure, and interactions between pets and sitters through the system. Photos may also be provided to owners throughout the walk to eliminate worry during the sit.

Walkio directly handles all payments, acting as the liaison for safe communication and payment transaction, providing a platform that ensures ethical payment procedures and processing to continue delivering trustworthy service to all participants in the system. All sitters and walkers go through thorough application and on-boarding processes, as well as a standard background check, before accounts are activated. This also provides ease-of-mind to program adopters, knowing that pets, owners, and sitters are well-worthy of using such a life-changing solution. The app is now launched and is currently being adopted by users in LA, Nashville, TN, and Asheville, NC. 

Many career professionals choose not to have a pet in the home because they feel guilty for leaving their “babies” pinned up in the house all day while they are out. In the meantime, these same people are often lonely while millions of pets go homeless on a daily basis. This app could eliminate the euthanization of many innocent animals and greatly scale back depression for the human counterpart through its adoption and utilization. This app would also provide jobs to the many struggling to make it in such a major city. This would cut back on crime and homelessness in the area. Indirectly and not so far-fetched, this app could be one solution towards uplifting society!

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