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Certainly you’ve read some of the many news and articles about the new version 8 of Apple’s iOS, which circulated in the past few months in the media. All the new functions and applications where described extensively in these texts. In business, this is important, but equally important are things that home users mostly do not care for. These mainly include data security, a coordinated management of the mobile equipment and the software as well as an accurate measurability of productivity improvement.

iGrow is an iOS/Android application that was created by XINFO for Summerrain GmbH (Switzerland).

The application supports individual growth as well as personal performance improvement and aligns it with the achievement of strategic enterprise objectives. This is accomplished by simple exercises that require little time and are performed daily by the staff.

iGROW can be used in companies, associations or societies of any kind that want to realize the full potential of their employees.

iphone_screenpngVoting Upp is a voting system that allows quick creation of surveys and direct feedback. It uses existing hardware, is platform-independent and does not need an installation.

Voting System for Teaching Activities

Voting Upp is a system for creating and conducting surveys at universities and colleges. It provides an immediate and direct feedback and it is easy to use. The necessary hardware devices are already available everywhere.

The creation of the questions is web-based with Internet-enabled devices such as PC, laptop, Mac, tablets. No installation is required.

Participants in the survey also use common Internet-enabled devices such as smartphone, laptop or tablet. For iOS and Android, apps can be loaded from the respective app stores; all other systems are browser-based web apps.

Augmented Reality may have great potential – however, the introduction of this new technique has been rather slow so far.

Now Auto-Bild has developed in collaboration with Metaio a new app for iOS/Android, that adds interactive content to its articles. The app responds to code symbols contained in the articles, and launches the associated content.

If you are a reader of Auto-Bild, don’t miss this (free) app.

Auto-Bild is one of the major German car magazines. More information is available at the Auto-Bild website.

For details about augmented reality, see this article.

sense4c-TRF01 is an adapter for smartphones and tablets that is equipped with a high-precision, digital temperature and humidity sensor. It enables fast and mobile detection of climate conditions in buildings, garment components or intermediate layers.

The sensor is plugged into the headphone jack and requires no external power supply. The collected data are presented graphically on the display and recorded in the background. The smartphone provides additional information such as position data (GPS) and ensures that the data are synchronized in the cloud. The data transmission is encrypted so that sensitive information is secured. Authorized users can access the data from any location and may even intervene actively using the return channel.

Article in Tcworld

The october-issue (10/2011) of tcworld has recently been published. We have contributed an article: ‘Augmented Reality in Technical Communication’. Tcworld is one of the leading online magazines for technical communication and information management.

The article comprises the following topics:

  • What is augmented reality?
  • Which role plays augmented reality in technical communication?
    In the next years, there is a high probability that augmented reality will be used more and more as third way (in addition to paper and display) of transmitting technical information.
  • How does the application of augmented reality influence the writing of technical manuals?

You find the article at the tcworld website.

Currently there are only few applications for smartphones/tablets, that play a role in industrial processes and are actually used in customer service or in production. With the new generations of smartphones/tablets and the advance of new forms of information distribution (e.g., augmented reality), a much wider range of use is possible in industry.

In the following article I use the example of an application for customer service to demonstrate how such a usage might look like.