Crowdfunding call : An Exciting New Game that Helps Improve Arithmetic

Sweet Math 5667Inspired by some of the most popular games online like Candy Crush Saga and Bejeweled, Sweet Math is an exciting new educational game for adults and children who want to have fun while improving their arithmetic skills! It is developed by Montreal-Based Erudite Science. You can support Sweet Math on Kickstart here. Sweet Math is fun, simple, fun and can improve arithmetic and analytical skills. Utilizing a proprietary educational algorithm that is being developed currently by Erudite Science, Sweet Math allows players to solve various mathematical problems as they play. The algorithm may be used for grading and for teaching. It proves to be quite an interesting application due to the uniqueness of the algorithm on which it is based. Inspired by Some of the Most Popular Games Today Almost everybody is familiar with Candy Crush Saga and Bejeweled today. Candy   Read more…

Snoobe wants you to pay less for your mobile plans

Snoobe wants you to pay less for your mobile plans 5701Disclaimer: I've known Thierry Marechal, co-founder of Snoobe, since Startup Weekend 2012, and also have worked on Snoobe The dire state of the mobile industry in North America In Europe, Free Mobile offers a contract-free, unlimited calls (even to international) as well as unlimited texts and 3GB of data, all of 19.99 euros. Here, that only gets you  100mn of talk, no data and you have to sign for at least a one-year contract. Here's another  graphic showing the difference between Europe, America and other countries:     The graphic above is from a 2013 OECD study amongst developed countries, and shows what's available for basic mobile usage ("Level 1"). There are different factors at play on why we pay more in North America than in other countries to telecom companies; what everyone agrees on though is that consumers have little power on how they choose their mobile plans, and telcos are now so big that they   Read more…


Proximium helps brick and mortar B2C get in touch with customers

Proximium 5187Founded by Benoit Julien, who previously founded and sold Netvention Inc., Montreal-Based Proximium lauched its web site a few months ago (in April). The Proximium ideal came to Benoit in early 2012 after realizing that most small medium size brick and motar B2C businesses had very limited means to get in touch with the clients and prospects once they leave their venue. Since most of us are carrying smart phones, he came up with the idea of a business that would let customers use their mobile phone to become client members of a business in exchange for discounts at their favorite stores. From a consumer perspective, Proximium gets rid of the loyalty cards and let users decide which businesses they like and want to get deals and updates from. As opposed to daily deals (Groupon, Tuango etc.), the users stay in control since they receive exclusive promotions from only   Read more…


Move over: The OMSignal shirt knows when you’re happy or stressed

Move over: The OMSignal shirt knows when you’re happy or stressed 5218For the past few years, we've seen products such as Jawbone's UP, Nike's Fuel, or the Misfit Wearables. They all come in different shapes and colors and promise to record your physical activity thanks to various accelerators and sensors. All in all, they are great devices if you want to show how committed you are to exercise, or if you are making any progress in your weight-loss effort. Montreal's OMSignal plays in a totally different league. It records of course your physical activity, knows if you're exercising, but it also knows how you breathe and how your heart beats, thanks to a special T-Shirt that records ECG and HRV data. A small device hangs out from the apparel, and sensors are integrated on the chest-level area. No need to have a nurse for the shirt: if it fits well, the owner has just to recharge the device, and then wear it like   Read more…


Executions Labs : a bold video games incubator for Montréal

Executions Labs : a bold video games incubator for Montréal 4935Photo Credit : Heri We can see above Alexandre Pelletier-Normand and Jason Della Rocca at a recent Maison Notman event. Once known as a prolific community instigator, event organizer and IGDA director, Jason Della Rocca and his partners has announced a new video games incubator/accelerator, named Execution Labs. Here's an insightful interview: Can you present yourself, and your team? What's your most favourite game? Jason: The Execution Labs team members have all been in the game industry for over a decade each. I've been at this for about 17 years. Most of my career has been about working with and supporting developers, and especially working to foster and grow the game development community. Keith's background is more on the business side, working on game monetization, marketing and business strategy. And Alex is our ops master with tons of production and deployment experience. Not sure what the other guys are playing these days,   Read more…

Montreal startup Decode launches ambitious app-centred project for social change in India

Montreal startup Decode launches ambitious app-centred project for social change in India 4915How do you go about changing a seemingly endless cycle of obstructed access to education in a developing country? And how do you do it via a mobile app? That’s what Montreal startup Decode Global is trying to do. Decode Global is a Canadian incubator of mobile apps for social change, and the goliath problem they’re addressing is how to keep girls in India from dropping out of school at 13. “In the developing world the biggest correlation between a country and improving their economic situation is empowering their whole workforce,” said Angelique Mannella, CEO and founder of Decode Global. “This includes keeping girls in school and keeping women working.” The problem is that around the age of puberty and the onset of menstruation, there’s a problem with easy access to feminine hygiene products for girls. What results is a disproportionate amount of girls dropping out of school and the workforce at   Read more…

Cinemagr.am makes it easy to produce cinemagraphs on the iPhone

Cinemagr.am makes it easy to produce cinemagraphs on the iPhone 4261As the iPhone's feature set develops, with a more capable lens, and also better processing power, we see more tools available to the general public, playing with creative tools that were once only known by artists and professionals. The cinemagraph technique for instance was known only by a a few last year, with the most striking work by Jamie Beck. See here examples of her work: Like most of her work, these were produced painstakingly, with a set, models, bulky cameras and then long hours spent in post-production. The results are worth it though: the images each have a mesmerizing quality, as our brain associate them to a fixed moment in time, but also the impression that there's more than meets the eye. For the first time, cinemagr.am offers its users to get the same effects. If you buy the application ($1.99 on the iTMS), you can capture a   Read more…


MARGE platform tracks mobile gaming engagement

MARGE platform tracks mobile gaming engagement 4084In addition to the augmented reality technology developed for Chromian Wars, Montreal startup Miralupa has developed a key technology to track mobile game engagement, a component in their MARGE platform. Serge Landry, co-founder of Miralupa, shared with me the stats they got after they just released a new version for Chromia Wars: - 1760 games played in the last 5 days - 69% of new gamers vs 31% existing - average playtime: 8mn - 15% are finishing the game What's more interesting is also the sales: +22% IAP for the paid version . The MARGE platform is geared to be used by other developers, who can use those stats for better marketing, and perhaps even later use the lobby to drive even more users What's next? Miralupa will be launching soon an Android version, with an optimized version for the Xperia Play. Sony-Ericsson for instance is looking for Augmented Reality apps for the Xperia Play and   Read more…


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