Web designers and developers are shifting the focal point of what drives their design techniques. With the introduction of user experience design, the user is at the center of the development process. User experience designers consider every possible user story to ensure relevant information is easily accessible. If a website is difficult to navigate, it’s very likely that the customer will take their business elsewhere.
Posted on May 30, 2017 by Emily Ballard
Earlier this year, U.S. News ranked Austin, Texas the best place to live in the United States. The city is growing faster now than ever, and people are wondering what is drawing such a large crowd to Austin. Along with it being the Live Music Capital of the world, Austin’s job market is thriving and businesses are flourishing. U.S. News analyzed the cost of living, job market, quality of life and desirability to determine rankings which resulted in Austin being the most desirable place to live in 2017.
There are multiple free shows in Austin just about every night. With companies like Do512 and 365ThingsAustin, you can sort through everything going on in Austin on any particular day and make after-work plans just like that.
Although nightlife in ATX is booming, that’s not the only reason people are flocking to Austin. The tech industry is offering more jobs in Austin than any other industry. Tech startups are popping up everywhere, and companies need to fill roles like data scientists, web designers, and UX designers more and more each day.
What’s next? Austin is expected to have a population of about three million by 2030, currently sitting at just over two million. With the number of people moving to Austin steadily increasing, homebuilders are having a tough time keeping up with the demand—hence the skyrocketing living expenses. So whether you’re in the job market or simply looking for a cool, hip place to relocate, now is the time to get here!
Posted on May 25, 2017 by Alyssa Zucker
Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality blur the line between reality and fantasy. VR transports our perception into another realm, and AR introduces elements of illusion into the lens of our everyday scenery. Whichever technology you choose to alter your reality, this concept is gaining attention in the digital world. VR goggles went from an idea in a lab to a Christmas present in an incredibly short time period. AR has come a long way as well—it went from being a simple concept to the star of the hit iPhone app “Pokemon Go”; however, even these seemingly new forms of technology are beginning to be replaced by new advancements.
When a new and innovative product hits the market, it’s typically targeted at high-end spenders and technology-hungry consumers. Virtual reality has just made itself available to the common consumer with the introduction of Google Cardboard. This contemporary contraption allows you to turn your smartphone into a VR headset. While it may seem like a minuscule development in the VR/AR grand scheme, the ability to give the average consumer a sense of virtual reality at a low cost is really a bold step forward. For example: compare Google Cardboard, Google Daydream, and Samsung Gear VR. These headsets all require the use of a smartphone and have price tags that range from $15-$99 but are still priced on the lower end compared to the headsets that die-hard gamers go for.
PS lovers, of course, have the option to stick to their ways and purchase the PlayStation VR headset. Branding itself as a PlayStation accessory rather than a VR competitor, this console introduces a new outlook of VR to big time gamers. PlayStation VR offers PS fanatics the chance to play their favorite games virtually for $399. Bought by Facebook, the Oculus Rift has surmounted the competition with the ability to plug into a computer and display 3D images on all screens by tracking your head movements. This next-level Oculus Rift VR experience that comes with the convenient aspect of mobility stands at the price of $599. Next, the HTC Vive is among the VR top picks with approximately 70 sensors, 360-degree coverage, the option to place sensors around your home for the most effective game play, and functions to reduce motion sickness. This top-notch VR headset runs with the price tag of $799. In the world of gaming, big name companies are moving quickly to find the next big thing in virtual reality.
Augmented reality and mixed reality have slight differences, but together they are moving up on the must-watch list. Rather than being limited to the world within a game, AR and MR allow features within the game to be displayed on your kitchen table, or on your bathroom wall. At a whopping $3,000, the Microsoft HoloLens is the top trending product in the realm of AR. For a slightly lesser $599, the FoveO uses eye-tracking sensors to form a new way of connecting to the console.
Just like with the introduction of “Pokemon Go”, augmented reality is working toward a casual transition into your everyday life. Snapchat filters are the most commonly used forms of AR, and most of us don’t even realize it. Along with the filters, the new introduction of the Snapchat Spectacles, or Snapchat glasses, allows your eyes to become your Snapchat lens for $129, thus the colloquial future of augmented reality.
There are a lot of ideas for the future with augmented reality, most of which we’re hoping to see once Apple joins the game. Presently, the merging of smartphones and AR seems to be the biggest trend in this idea of distorted perception. In the near future more ideas will become reality; along with Apple, the auto industry is not too far behind. With digital screens displaying vital information and self-driving cars on the horizon, things will be shifting very quickly. Whether it’s virtual, augmented or mixed reality, the reality of it all is that the industry is constantly updating and adapting—follow our Facebook page to keep up!