Monday, 13 February 2017

Rest and work with Innowise Group or «We make the impossible possible!»


Have you ever dreamed to work and rest at the same time? It seems, like Innowise Group may change our slogan for «We make the impossible possible!» In the contemporary world which is an ever-changing mix of routine and work, there should be a place for rest and inspiration.
Programmers from Innowise Group had the unique possibility to work and rest in the most extraordinary way. Lanzerotte (Canary Islands) was chosen as the place for work and leisure for our young and hardworking specialists.
The choice was made not by accident — Lanzerotte is the most suitable place owing to its comfortable weather, fancy beaches and, of course, possibility to surf.
Receipt of a visa, general organization and coordination with the management of the company didn't take a lot of time, and the journey started. The departure day was Friday not to lose precious working days. The route was planned so that to make travel to a final appointment the most saturated and eventful. 
On the way to the island our programmers visited beautiful cities of Europe - Vilnius and Brussels. Guys devoted the first day to walks across ancient Vilnius, did some sightseeing and, of course, tasted local dishes.

Further, guys traveled to Brussels and spent their time having fascinating walks through one of the most beautiful cities of Belgium.

On Sunday evening, tired, but with a bunch of impressions, guys arrived to the island of Lanzerotte. A comfortable cottage near the beach of the Atlantic Ocean became the place of residence for three weeks.
 Several workplaces were equipped beforehand and with no time for adaptation our programmers started working. The guys decided to start work from 6 am and work will 3 pm, which was the equivalent to the ordinary working day in Vitebsk office.

Guys devoted their evenings to practicing at surfing school, and got acquainted with beaches of the island. 


In the evening they had great opportunity to taste the local cuisine in different restaurants. The choice of dishes was really amazing — all sorts of fish, paella, gofio, papas arrugadas, chorizo, morcilla and many more.

Weekdays were the time for real rest: our programmers traveled around the different places of the island, visited sights: Timanfaya National Park, Cueva de los Verdes and many others.

The time spent on the island was really productive — from the point of view and work and rest. We can make the impossible possible!

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Homeasmall.com - shopping in Virtual Reality

Imagine that you’re out of time and reality, distance is nothing for you, your wildest dreams may come true. Right here, right now! All you have to do is just push several buttons...And this is 100% possible!


Virtual reality – is the incredible world created by means of modern technologies. This world gives you an opportunity to get up to your neck in the most extraordinary and unreal places, spaces and surroundings. Virtual reality is not a fantasy any more. It storms into our everyday life and makes the most impossible things come true.

We all got used to on-line shopping, it’s a part of our everyday life. Anytime one can easily choose a product, compare goods from different producers, select an appropriate one and order it. It seems like there is nothing new in on-line shopping. Still, it’s not a secret that modern technologies are growing rapidly. Nowadays all you need is to take a look at a chosen item and push the button.
The team of programmers from Belarus developed a unique service for on-line shopping in virtual reality. One of the first VR shops was created by the company Innowise Group.

http://homeasmall.com (literally “shopping without leaving home”) – exciting and fascinating on-line shopping. Enjoy shopping without leaving home! We made it real!
You will find yourself in virtual museum of fashion where the most world famous brands are collected. It would be interesting to learn the history of brands and review the latest collections in 3D. Feel yourself as if you are at a fashion show, sitting in a front row. You can estimate not only a dress photo, but also see texture of the fabric in details, watch the clothing in motion.

The service is available worldwide. Visit fashion shows and "go shopping" staying home. The major advantage is that you don’t need to buy expensive headset for shopping in virtual reality. All you need is a smartphone and cardboard virtual reality glasses. By the way, you can make such glasses by yourself (just use Google).
Visit the site and estimate the simplicity and brilliance of the idea – http://homeasmall.com!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Vuforia for Hololens App Experience

Today we'd like to share our experience of using Vuforia for a Hololens app.

This is an exciting combination as we don't just see augmented reality objects on the screen of a portable device but also manipulate them using Microsoft Hololens possibilities.

Vuforia SDK uses the mobile phone camera, a web-camera, or a Hololens camera to spot markers and overlay 3D objects to them in an augmented reality mode.

Here you can see, as the Vuforia and Hololens combination allows us to reach a new level of interactivity with the surroundings, as we control the objects projected to augmented reality using Hololens gestures.



This is just a little demo, there's a lot more you can achieve using Vuforia for Hololens applications.

3D models of Belarusian mythological creatures 
created and animated by Innowise Group.



Thursday, 27 October 2016

Innowise Group Created AR App for HoloLens

Interest in Virtual and Augmented reality is growing tremendously.
Microsoft has just announced Windows 10 Creators Update focusing on creating and playing in 3D, and partnered with hardware manufacturers on production of more affordable AR/VR headsets running the Windows Holographic platform.

Being among the first explorers of the revolutionary technology, Innowise Group has created a number of augmented and virtual reality applications.

Innowise Group AR/VR Team was set up at the beginning of 2016, and now includes Unity/Unreal Engine developers, web designers, 3D modellers and animators.

The AR application which we’ve completed this month demonstrates the possibilities of Microsoft HoloLens smartglasses as a competitive product in the AR/VR device market.


Auto Dealer Promotional AR App

The idea behind the project was to demonstrate a car moving on a highway.

Solution

The team took a model of car, which features both exterior textures applied and the car interior textures, so that the interior can be seen as the doors open.
The Unity-based application creates the experience of watching a car moving on a highway – the model of a car is placed on a piece of a highway, which is around triple its length. The car wheels are moving and the highway moves continuously.


Interaction with the Model

The whole scene can be moved and rotated around. The car model itself is interactive – the doors, the hood and the trunk may be opened by a tap gesture with a textbox popping out, when a relevant part opens. Tap on the headlight is a switch between day and night. 
The application functionality is being further extended at the moment.


Technologies & Tools

Unity 3D, Visual Studio 2015, C#



Basic movement along the higway

Scene moved to another location, rotated, hood opened

Night driving mode on

If you'd like to create an AR/VR app for your business, please contact us at contact@innowise-group.com


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Why Is It Important to Hire Testers for Your Projects


When we have an ambitions idea to start a new project, the first intention that comes to our mind is – “The project must have its site!” So, you develop the concept, spend days and weeks preparing content for the site and, finally, you decide to get the project started.

Everybody is concerned about how to hire a good developer to make a site. Still, many customers forget about testers. Yes! It is absolutely important, and is the integral part of development. QA specialists are obligatory and essential part of the process.

Specialists say – “You need 1 tester for every 2 programmers. Each programmer should work closely with a single tester, throwing private builds as often as necessary. “

And this is indispensable fact! QA specialists, in fact, have veto power over releasing any software that doesn't meet muster. Just take several minutes to read why it is important to hire a tester for your project.

Here are the most common excuses I've heard for not hiring testers:

Lazy programmers introduce bugs.

I head customers say – «If we hire testers, the developers will write buggy codes.”  Nonsense! If you really think that way, either you have never written a code, or you completely unaware what writing code is. Bugs, by definition, appear because programmers did not notice the bug in their own code. Many times, it just takes a second set of eyes to see a bug. Developers are also people, you know.

My software is on the web. I can fix bugs myself immediately.

Yep, really, it is funny!  Agree, it's true, web distribution lets you distribute bug fixes faster than the old days of packaged software. Still, do not underestimate the cost of fixing a bug, even on a web site, after the project has already frozen. Moreover, remember that it is easy to implement even more bugs when you fix.

However, a worse problem is that if you look around at the process you have in place for rolling out new versions, you will realize that it may be quite an expensive proposition to roll out fixes on the web.

My customers will test the software for me.

No, No, No! If you do not believe me, try to follow the plan:


  • when developers are about halfway done, release the software on the web without any testing;
  • when developers assume they are done, release the software on the web without any testing;
  • repeat 5 or 6 times;
  • call one of those versions the "final version";
  • release .01, .02, .03 versions every time an embarrassing bug is mentioned on c|net.
  • see, what is going to happen. If you aim at losing your reputation – do it! The worst thing about this form of testing is the remarkably bad impression you will make of your company and your project.


Besides, the whole point of letting "your customers" do the testing is that they find the bugs, and you fix them. Unfortunately, no any company on earth, has the manpower to sift through bug reports from 1,000,000 customers and decide what's really important. Out of all those reports, I would bet that almost all of them will be about the same set of 5 or 10 really obvious bugs.

I can't afford testers!

Sorry, but this sounds hilarious! It is cheaper to hire a tester than to hire a developer to do debugging after the project is done. A lot cheaper. You lose time and money.

Cut costs in hiring testers is an outrageous false economy. Think five times before you take the decision to hire the developers for the project without QA specialists.

Good luck and no bugs!

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