Case Study: Astro Digital – DropCam for Space

Astro Digital a case study from space

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Space, the final frontier. If only we could take selfies. Wait, what? We can? This is the service Astro Digital provides. A selfie-stick from space is my crude analogy. Turns out, there are better analogues.

I had the pleasure of catching up with Bronwyn Agrios, head of product at Astro Digital, to learn how it works. In Bronwyn’s (much more refined) words, Astro Digital is kind of like DropCam for space. Just pick a spot to monitor. When new images are snapped, Astro Digital runs some fancy image processing algorithms, and boom! You’re notified of new space-selfies.

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Case Study: OutCast – A Mobile App for Marine Weather Forecasts

We recently joined the OutCast team to chat about their app! What does it do, how does it work, and why is it so dang popular?

OutCast is a mobile weather and marine forecast application that is used by boaters, fishermen, divers, and other marine users to stay in touch with local weather and water conditions. What started as a personal project for the creators – Ed Gonzalez and William Kennedy from Ardan Studios – has turned into a well-regarded and essential app even among professionals who spend most of their time on the water.

Outcast.io brings together all the data that is needed to view and forecast marine conditions in a convenient and intuitive format. Whereas some weather apps may provide basic tidal information, the Outcast app goes many steps further by including real-time data from observation stations, buoys, radar imagery, air quality metrics, and more to provide a more complete picture of what’s happening in marine environments.

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See How Untappd Processes 100s of 1000s of Updates a Night

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Untappd, a mobile check-in app for beer lovers, helps beer lovers share their passion with friends and other beer lovers from around the world.

With millions of users checking-in, tracking and sharing newly discovered beers and beer drinking locations, as well as earning points for coveted badges, the Untappd app’s processing power is tested daily.

Watch the Untappd video to see how the team was able to make the app an integrated part of many beer lovers night out. Continue reading “See How Untappd Processes 100s of 1000s of Updates a Night”

How to Power Intelligent Traffic Systems with IronMQ

edeva-ironio-blogSweden-based Edeva AB develops and markets intelligent traffic systems. Their product Actibump is a dynamic speed bump called Actibump that makes it possible to control the accessibility, flow and speed of traffic in a way not possible with static speed bumps.
Actibump consists of one or more road modules that are mounted into a cast foundation and a radar unit that transmits information to a central control system. The road modules raise and lower in response to vehicle speed and are controlled and monitored over the Internet. Continue reading “How to Power Intelligent Traffic Systems with IronMQ”