How Wearables Can Save Your Life

Imagine for a moment you are walking down the street like you always do but this time is different. Your smart device realizes that something is wrong and lets you know. Next thing you know your doctor is telling you it could have been much worse if you didn’t have that smart device on you. How amazing is that and true today? It’s pretty crazy how something as simple as a little wristband can do so much.

There are some amazing wearable technology out there, some of which are too cool to keep quiet. Here are so top ones you should definitely look into.

Fitbit

Most people are aware of Fitbit. It’s an incredibly popular fitness band. It’s great for tracking things like the number of steps you take in a day or your heart rate. What’s really incredible about this thing is that beneath the fitness information is how it can really save you. There have been multiple cases where the Fitbit detected health issues which allowed those people to get treated early. If they didn’t have those watch things could have been more serious. It monitors certain parts of your body which allow it to realize when something seems abnormal.

Vigo

Have you ever been driving while being very tired? Most people have and it can be dangerous. There are so many accidents caused by people falling asleep at the wheel. Now with this awesome tool Vigo you have a higher chance of staying awake.

It’s just a simple earpiece, similar to that of a Bluetooth. It monitors both your movements and blinking to determine if you are drifting off. Once it determines this is will do 1 of 3 things: Vibrate, LED pulsing, or play a song. You can choose which one you want it to do and it will do just that to wake you up enough to keep you driving safe to your destination.

K’Track Glucose

This is a watch the looks very similar to any other smartwatch. It has a cool sleek design that not only tells time but also tests your Blood Glucose level. It has a biosensor behind the watch that rests up against your wrist. You only have to replace that sensor every 30 days. It’s so simple and takes the work out of testing your levels every day.

You can not only keep track of your levels but also stay healthy at the same time with it’s integrated fitness pieces.

Apple Watch

Most people use this as a quick way to access the features on their iPhone but on your wrist instead of having to dig through your purse to find your phone. However, now that Apple has put an SOS feature on their watches, it has changed the game. If an emergency strikes and you can’t reach your phone, your Apple watch will call emergency services for you.

No matter what kind of emergency strikes it’s a pretty easy way to get ahold of emergency services. For example, if you are in a car accident your phone may not be handy and your watch can be the saving grace you need.

L’Oréal My UV Patch

This may sound a little strange but it’s literally a patch you can place on the skin that lets you know to stay out of the sun. It’s a simple plastic patch that you just place on your skin. With all the problems today, this can be a very beneficial tool to use. It can help prevent skin cancer. It is definitely useful for anyone who ventures into the sun on a regular basis.

There are so many ways that these smart devices can help you in life. That being said, these devices are still in the beginning stages of technology. There is still a lot of work to be done to get them to tell you right away if there is an issue with any part of your body.

Even with that said it is still amazing what these little devices can do nowadays. Although we have a long way to go, we are starting off pretty good. There are many more devices out there. Everyone is different and requires different things, but even if you have a smart device you keep on you, you just never know when it might come in handy.

If you have an idea for a smart device/wearable contact the specialists at SDI at 408.802.2885 or email team@sdi.la to help you with all your project needs.

6 Tips to Know When Hiring a Great Website Development Company

The internet is filled with solutions to your wants, needs, and questions. There are so many websites to help you with whatever you need. However, there is still plenty of room for more information and options. You may have a business you want to create a website for or maybe you want to create an online-only business. No matter what the reason is, you want to make sure you have the most beautiful website that works flawlessly.

Once you are ready to find help creating or updating your website you need to do some research to find a website development company that is right for you. It can seem overwhelming with the number of companies out there, so here are some pointers to help guide you.

1. Know What You Want

Before you start calling around it’s good to know what you want for your website. Have examples of websites you really like handy. Make sure the websites you like are not just about what it does, but also how it looks. The key to any website is a beautiful balance of the UI and the UX. You can learn more about UI/UX here. These examples will help your conversation so that the development company can understand what you are looking for.

2. Providing Details and Advice

When you call a good website development company they should be able to have a full conversation with you. If they provide you advice and ideas about how to make your website even better that is a good sign. Once you finish discussing your project details the company should also inform you of how they operate. They should tell you the flow of how they start and finish your project and everything in between. If they don’t have any advice to give and/or they just tell you about how to pay that is not a good sign and you should move on to another company.

3. There are Variables in Every Project

Be sure to mention everything you want and need at the beginning. The development company should provide you a detailed document which lays out all the functions and features your website will have. Professional developers know that things can change and you may have additional things you want to add or change. Although that is not a problem, you have to know that with every addition/change timelines and costs change as well. It’s best to ask about how that process works in the beginning so you have an idea of what to expect.

4. Don’t Expect Top Quality Work for a Low Cost

You can’t expect to get your website completed the way you want for pennies. A great website developer costs a little more. Don’t worry if you don’t have a huge budget as companies like SDI will be able to provide you options based on your budget. They will understand your wants and needs then determine the best plan for you. Do note that if the price seems really inexpensive, be sure to really listen to what information they give you and if they can provide thoughtful answers to your questions.

5. Examples of Their Work

This is usually a pretty obvious one but sometimes people forget to ask for examples. Sometime during that initial conversation, you should simply ask for examples of websites they have created. Keep in mind its ok if they haven’t created a website that is about the same subject matter. Focus more on the quality. If the examples are beautiful, fresh, and new that is the most important part. You can ask them questions about it too so that you understand the process of creating that website and why certain elements are there. This will help you understand the process they will go through when creating your website.

6. Ensure an After Launch Plan

It’s good to have an idea of where you want your website to go. Once it’s live or updated, what are your goals? Discuss this with your development partner. The development company should be able to provide support after your project is completed. Technology changes and things need to be updated and fixed. If they can’t do that then its a waste of time having them build it for you. A big plus is if the company you hire offers marketing. Not all companies have this and that is ok but it definitely helps to have a partner that is well rounded and can stay with you for a long period of time.

Be smart about the company you choose. Don’t just go with someone because they are the cheapest because you will end up with a website you don’t want. To learn more about how to develop a website you can call us on 408.802.2885 or contact us at team@sdi.la

Top 10 iPhone Apps for 2018

Every year there are so many new apps in the marketplace it can be hard to figure which are the best ones to have because obviously, we can’t download them all. Of course, people’s opinions on which they like most varies from person to person. To make it quick and simple we’re going to go through our list of the top 10 iPhone apps and why each one can benefit your life. If you are an Android user don’t worry we provided our Android list here.

#10: Sky Guide AR

You can explore the sky and what is out there by simply pointing your phone’s camera toward the sky and moving it around. The way space is presented to you is like no other app out there. The best part is that it uses Augmented Reality to project everything making it the most memorable stargazing experience. The app is only $2.99 so it’s not bad on the pocketbook.

#9: GarageBand

This is a really great app for those who want to create and record their music. Beginners can learn the ins and outs of being a musician as it helps get you familiar with playing. Those who are advanced can actually connect this app to others and professionally record and arrange tracks. It really is the best of both worlds. Even better is it’s a free app.

#8: Fitbit

This truly is an amazing fitness app. They have done an amazing job at not only tracking your individual fitness but making it fun and easy to get fit with your friends. Competing with friends for fitness makes it way more fun. Some apps are cumbersome when it comes to entering info in but Fitbit does a pretty good job at simplifying it. This app is also free to download.

#7: Plotagraph+

This is a photo editing app, however, it is a little different. With this app, you can actually animate your images. Although there are other image editing apps, this one lets you take 1 single image (rather than having to use multiple images) and tap on the places you want to move and the places you don’t. It works best with scenic type photos but it is definitely something fun to bring to your photos. It will cost you $4.99 but if you want to step up your photo animation game, this will definitely help.

#6: Moji Maker

Emoji’s are everyone. We all love to use them, whether we admit it or not. I’m sure most go through the available emojis and say I wish there was one that had this type of expression. Well, now you can easily create your own with this app. It starts you off with a blank template and you can build whatever expressions you would like and save them. With the popularity of emojis there is no way we could leave this one out of the list. It is $1.99 which isn’t too bad considering you have more freedom in creating the expressions yourself. The best part is you can integrate with your keyboard.

#5: Spotify

Spotify is not a new app. Most people have been using it for years. The reason it is on this list is because it still tops the list for listening to music. There are many streaming services out there that are also popular, but this one still takes the cake. Its User Interface and User Experience really makes it easy to navigate and listen to the music you really want. It’s also free to download.

#4: Coffee Meets Bagel

This is a somewhat newer dating app but is quickly becoming a favorite. There are so many dating apps, most of which is a picture and quick bio. This app also allows users to view a video so they can get an idea of who the person is rather than just basing it on looks. You are also only sent a fixed number of matches per day of people who have liked you. Men can’t reach out directly, they can only like someone, then the woman gets to choose and reaches out. It’s a free app so it’s definitely worth a try to see if you like it.

#3: Duolingo

This is another app that has been on the market for quite some time. It ranks at the top for language apps. It’s sleek interface and ease of use when trying to learn a new language makes this our top choice. The only downfall is they are somewhat limited on the number languages they offer. However, they do an amazing job at teaching you the languages they do have so it makes up for it. It’s a free app which is great because learning a language can have a hefty price tag to it.

#2: Snapseed

If you haven’t heard of this app, you are missing out. As far as photo editing apps go, this is definitely on top. There are numerous photo editors most of which are just ok. You can do some cool filters, frames, and collages, but Snapseed goes way beyond that. The amount of options you have for editing a photo is almost endless. You can remove almost any blemish, even people in the background of a photo. While many extensive photo apps cost you money, Snapseed doesn’t. It is definitely the superior free photo editing app.

#1: Netflix

This list really wouldn’t be complete without this giant. They have done a great job with their app making it very simple to watch what you want when you want. Their greatest feature is being able to download items to your mobile device so you can watch without the use of data or wi-fi. If you are on a plane or at a place where you can’t access data or wi-fi you can still watch what you have downloaded. Of course, you still have access to all your shows and movies to watch through data or wi-fi. Do note that the app is free but you need to sign up for a monthly subscription plan to access all the content. They do offer a free month trial first so you can check everything out.

There are many apps we love that aren’t on this list, but to list them all would take forever. These are the ones that will truly entertain and help your daily life in today’s world. Even though there are so many out there, we always want more. If you are interested in creating an app for your own contact the team at SDI to talk call us on 408.802.2885 or email team@sdi.la about your app development needs.

4 Ways Artificial Intelligence can Help your Website and Business

You may not realize this, but all of us in some way have used or have associated with Artificial Intelligence. Sometimes it can be hard to tell such as; a phone call which sounds like a real person who is actually responding to what you say or even an online customer service portal that answers your questions. We may not be living in a world like the films iRobot or Ex Machina right now, but we are constantly moving forward with AI to a point where that could be a reality.

AI technology comes in handy for many different businesses, especially ones with a website. There are many ways and reasons to use AI to help better your online business no matter how big or small. Here are 4 ways you can use AI to help your business:

1. Customer Service

If you have a business where you need to provide customer service, either on the phone or through online chat, an artificial intelligence bot will definitely help save you time and money. It will definitely help answer any questions or concerns customers have.

A great one to use is Conversable especially because of its one of the most powerful tools to use. The big downfall is that it’s really only available to large corporate type companies. For those of you who aren’t large you can use tools like inbenta to give your customers the experience of talking with a real human.

2. Writing Blogs & Presentations

If you are like most you want to bring in a lot of customers and you probably know that having good content and blogging definitely helps SEO. Many times writing blogs and articles can be frustrating and paying someone to write them can be expensive. This also goes for creating documents and information for the people within your company. Being able to take your basic bullet point data and turning it into something meaningful is key.

There are multiple great AI writing tools out there but Quill is one that tops the list. This is tailored more towards the data to the presentation aspect where you can give it some information and it will create the meaning behind it making it easier for you. Perfect for providing real info to employees and for big presentations.

For blogs Contentop is a great tool to help you with those articles you just can’t seem to write. All you really have to do here is pick the subject matter. You don’t even have to search or scour the internet for information because this AI tech will do it for you, saving you a lot of time and effort.

3. Sales

Everyone knows sales can be a very difficult job. In rare cases it’s easy, but for the most part, it’s a struggle to remember every detail about every product. Every business needs customers and to get those customers requires some form of selling. This particular AI isn’t something used directly on your website but can still help with providing the best information on your website for possible customers.

A great option to help your sales team is Nudge, which takes a large amount of data that is gathered all over the web to provide the most important sales points. A sales professional can easily use this to provide potential customers with details that is exactly what they’re looking for.

4. E-Commerce

There are some pretty great AI tools for E-commerce websites. Many can be quite complicated to use so unless you understand coding it can be very frustrating. Your customers have a lot of options out there on the web. That can make it difficult for any business to seem better or different so a little understanding goes a long way.

To help you understand your customers and what they want you can check out Choice.ai. This is an amazing AI toolkit which automatically adjusts your website based on your specific customer’s likes. Between the widgets and user preferences, there are many things to be excited about when creating an amazing experience for your customers.

There may be many options for you out there but these are just a few top AI’s to help your business. Remember your online presence is very important and these tools can greatly help with your success. If you need more information about AI and website development for your business call us on 408.802.2885 or contact us at team@sdi.la