Nomtek Named Top UX Agency in the UK

Most people don’t know that in the depths of the internet, there’s a secret, haunted app graveyard. This where you can find apps you’ve never heard of that were either too complex, didn’t turn a profit or failed to address customer needs. One thing you won’t find there?An app made by Nomtek. We have a saying around here that, “Life is too short for building products nobody will use,” and we stand by that. Needless to say, our apps ARE getting used and that’s how we earned a spot on Clutch’s Top UX Agencies in the UK and Top iPhone App Developers in the UK lists!

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ARKit 1.5 — Another Brick In The Wall ♪
(What wall?)

Apple, with iOS 11.3, is updating it’s AR platform — ARKit. As we can read on their website, it adds a significant new feature — detection of vertical surfaces.

“In addition to horizontal surfaces like tables and chairs, ARKit can now recognize and place virtual objects on vertical surfaces like walls and doors (…)”

~ Apple

If this new feature works as good as detecting the horizontal surfaces, it could be really SOMETHING BIG! 

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Getting a room plan with ARKit!
(The case where size matters)

Two years ago I wrote an article about “Scanning rooms with an iPhone” that you can read here. I tried to use three built-in sensors (accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer) to measure the length of walls and draw a plan of a room. I operated on raw data received from those sensors and calculated the distance between walls using self-written code based on transforming acceleration into the distance. The results were promising and showed that it could be done but requires more advanced calculations (or more precise sensors) to get the desired accuracy.

Ever since I saw the announcement of ARKit I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to try it out. It was a good opportunity to return to the prototype from two years ago. From the announcements and WWDC talks ARKit looked promising: the accuracy of it, real-time rendering performance and ease of implementation. It was time to test it.

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Don’t just ship features – validate what you assume

Validate what you assume in mobile apps

Now you can build your applications much faster and cheaper than ever before thanks to technology. Although it can tell how to build stunning apps, it will certainly not explain why to do it. It is you who has to find the right answer. However, you should bear in mind that the opportunity to ship fast and plenty will not make you more successful. Sometimes it works the opposite way. Shipping faster makes you just fail faster.

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