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…
5187Founded by Benoit Julien
, who previously founded and sold Netvention Inc., Montreal-Based Proximium
lauched its web site a few months ago (in April).
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…
5248We are preparing a low-fee job board for Montreal Geek Jobs. In the meantime we will happily publish some job postings for free so if you have one you would like us to post, just send it to email@example.com.
Adam Adelman, CEO & Cofounder of Mighty Cast
, Inc. contacted us with job opportunities for the Montreal Tech Watch community.
redefines the play experience in a connected mobile world. Through its patent pending technology and proprietary platform, the company connects physical collectible objects with mobile games and applications. The company has its own creative IP as well as a technology platform with which third parties can create deeply engaging and interactive narrative experiences. Mighty Cast is led by a team of proven entrepreneurs and has venture financing. They are looking for super dedicated, smart, and fun people to join the team!
Senior iOS Developer
Mighty Cast is looking for a Read more…
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.
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…
4451The year is 2020.
Somewhere in an African village a father is having a conversation with his son.
“When you were just a little boy, we didn’t have phones that check water quality.”
As incredible as it sounds, the technology is very real. The prototype was developed in just a few days by a local Montreal team during a hackathon called “Random Hacks of Kindness.” The event is about technology for humanitarian needs.
The Open Source Android App is called “Portable Microbiology Lab” and here is how it works:
A user puts a water sample on a 3M petrifilm and tells the App to register GPS coordinates of where the water was taken. After a 24 hour incubation period, the user photographs the petrifilm (example below).
The App then applies filters to the image and counts the bacterial colonies. Sophisticated image recognition shows if the bacteria is ”e.coli” (very bad), “total coliform” (bad), Read more…
, still in beta but already accessible to a few early users, helps bloggers reach the mobile market, by giving them a dedicated mobile version of their site, with a simple registration and a few clicks.
With the number of blogs estimated to 151 millions in Feb 2011, Appifier is attacking a big market, in a time where users' attention is shifting to twitter and mobile applications.
Bloggers can experiment with the current software, customize logos and colors, and preview results on their iOS devices with the Appifier Sandbox app. If they are satisfied, they can publish it on the App store, but either paying a one-time fee or pay a recurring subscription fee, on a SaaS model that gives the blogger additional analytics, push notification delivery, and also free updates of the application.
Having both business models is interesting. The first one gives pricing power to publishers, allowing Read more…
2947Conor Clarke, a young entrepreneur fresh from McGill university, and his co-founder at wavo.me
are working hard to push an alpha version of their new social multimedia reader at next week's International Startup Festival
. It's an ideal opportunity, similar to web startups who are targeting SXSW, the huge digital mecca conference where Twitter and others like localmind got their first wave of fans. If you are launching soon, why not also push hard for the next few days and get your application visible in front of startup fans and entrepreneurs?
Wavo.me promises to be a beautiful reader with content from your social media network, akin to a rss reader but for twitter, facebook and other sites. The team also uses awesome technologies (nodejs and of course objectiveC), and I am also excited about the "intelligent feature" as promised in their tagline.
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is a toolbox allowing you to generate textured 3d models on the fly and visualize them in a real environment using a marker (a letter format printed sheet of paper). See the following video lets you discover how it works:.
Today, more than 2000 users are using Augment and they have access to 1 million posters, through the Allposter API directly embedded in Augment's Android app. In order to visualize virtual objects and get a full experience of the app, you’ll need to print this marker
Jean-François Chianetta is the Augment's leader. He launched the application with Jean-François Kitchiguine collaboration, who also started the ARMTL group
. Jean-François's goal with Augment is to let anyone try objects, posters, paintings at home before buying them online. It gives an accurate preview of the size and aspect of a product. You can map textures on a Cube to Read more…