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DogVacay and the anatomy of a Great Idea.


One great thing about working at O+O is the value and attention focused on the quality of ideas versus the quantity of them. It’s a cliche we take quite seriously, and quite often. In the Lab, if the workload allows, we’ll throw some ideas upon the board and take turns pitching why we think there should be an app that can read our minds like a mood ring, or why we want to build an app that lets you turn any inanimate object or landscape into an anthropomorphic playground using your mobile camera. Ideas tend to get more ridiculous immediately before and after Burning Man, as you can see.

I’m no expert on what makes a genius idea. I only know what works and what doesn’t. And I guess I don’t even know that much, all the time. That’s why we play and experiment with new technologies and app prototypes, and we discover that the strongest ideas come from places of actual human stories, which is what you’ll read in any beginner’s book to advertising, art, or engineering, you name it. Most of the time the ideas are so simple, you’ll wonder why it hadn’t been thought of sooner. Many times we’ll hit an obstacle in the user flow of life, and think to ourselves, “Dang. I wish there was a way to make this more efficient or at least more enjoyable.” And then of course the, “There’s an app for that!” campaign. 

Air BnB couldn’t have been been as successful before the development of social networking, in my opinion. Neither could Tinder, or Uber, obviously. Both of these ideas are genius in their simplicity, yet they’ve revolutionized the way we interact in the global community. They’ve shifted cultures. And the awesome thing about that is, new technology is being developed every day. In offices just like ours. 

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Startup Hall of Fame: O+O Edition

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It’s been the Age of Unicorns for a hot minute now, with some of our everyday go-to services coming from the minds of creative unicorns that saw an opportunity to fulfill a need, and deliver immediately. They’re disrupting conventional industries as we once knew them, riding the momentum of new technology, smartphones, and users like me who wouldn’t be able to hail a cab if their life depended on it. They have us meeting strangers off the Internet and getting into cars them and sleeping in their treehouses all over the world. When I asked around the office, some of my coworkers were unaware that a lot of their favorite apps, companies, and services began as a startup.  It wasn’t really a shocker that old faithfuls like free instant messagingUber, Air BnB, Waze, and Tinder made the top ranks. Whereas technological big ideas risk being flashes in pans, failures, or just weird, as the technology that made them possible advances and grows outdated, good ideas (ideas that matter) have a tendency to transcend.

The bottom line: Disruption is in, distraction is out. The survey has spoken and it’s safe to say we no longer want to be glued to our smartphones. The apps we use the most have some common top qualities and goals: Efficiency, User Control, and Community. Their endgame is to get us to the present real life moment as efficiently as possible, even if we are just endlessly swiping right (left?) to find that perfect someone to experience that aforementioned moment with. They’re putting the user in control; letting us “rate” our meal, our driver, our host. The best ideas are disrupting old ways of doing things, making life better, taking the hiccups out of everyday inconveniences, and connecting us easier and faster.

After all, there’s always US in USER.

Below is a list of our favorite startups of all time. Give us a tweet if you think we’ve missed some gold ones.

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The Apple Watch : A First Impression

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Our first Apple Watch arrived in the office in all its glory.  This called for an unboxing ceremony, which we executed like a bunch of kids huddled up the night before Christmas. I kid, but not really!  Continue reading

THE REAL Apple Watch Unboxing

Our Apple Watch came in the mail yesterday! Watch Romain and Jeff unbox it and fight over who gets to wear it first.

Bluetooth with the Blue Crew

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2014 marked the rollout of iBeacon technology to a number of MLB ballparks across America. Los Angeles’ own Dodgers Stadium notably implemented its own system along with the Padre’s Petco Park down in San Diego. While the press releases were alluring, we wondered what the actual user experience was like for the average fan in the stands, so we put on our best blue shirts and headed over to 1000 Elysian Park.
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Quotably 2.0 – Movie Quotes Quiz Hits the App Store

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Quotably 2.0 is out today with significant updates to content and gameplay!

Check it out on the App Store today and see how well you know famous movie quotes.

QUOTABLY – The Movie Quotes Game for iOS

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Out in the iOS app store today, find out how well you know the most famous movie lines of all time with Quotably, the movie quote trivia game for iPhone and iPad. Move your way up through levels of different quotes from all genres of movies, unlocking quote cards as you go. If you need help, share them with your friends to find the right answer.

Introducing GLTCH – A Free Glitch Art App for iOS

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Available today for free in the iTunes App Store, the iOS app GLTCH streamlines the creation of glitch art. Turn any image or GIF into a beautiful mistake with GLTCH. Getting started is easy – simply upload a picture or animated GIF or grab one from the search gallery. Choose a GLTCH and then save your creation to your phone or share it to your favorite social networks.

You can see examples of glitch art on the GLTCH Tumblr.

Be sure to follow @GLTCH on Twitter for updates and news.

ShareKit – iOS Sharing Made Easy


Here’s a cool tool for iOS development. Nate Weiner of Idea Shower created ShareKit to help developers add sharing capabilities to apps with just 3 lines of code. You can customize the code for your needs, but the best part about ShareKit is that its completely free to use in any app under the MIT Open Source License.

You can find ShareKit on GitHub or check it out on the ShareKit website.

You can also find Nate Weiner on Twitter or check out his site.

Unboxing + Demo of Sphero


Watch as we take a look inside Sphero, a cool new toy from Orbotix.

Hands on with Xbox SmartGlass

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At E3, I was wowed by a demonstration of Microsoft’s SmartGlass. The application brought a second screen to the Xbox 360 experience, offering an alternative way to control the device through the use of a smartphone. About 5 months later, Smartglass has arrived. Earlier this week I had a chance to play around with it. How does it stack up to the demonstration I saw? Read on to find out.
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App Review: Where’s My Water?

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Move on over Birds, there’s a new Gator in town.
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