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Arbormoon Software Inc., in cooperation with Ann Arbor SPARK, today released the A2 Tech Trek app offering a streamlined and innovative experience to accompany the A2 Tech Trek event. Available for both iOS and Android, this app adds another layer of “tech” to the Tech Trek with state-of-the-art features highlighted by automated check-in via beacon technology.

Participants on the A2 Tech Trek will find themselves automatically checked in within the app the moment they arrive at any of the participating locations. Other features in the app include the directory of companies in the trek along with summaries of what they do, the ability for participants to designate favorites, view all of the venues on a virtual map of Ann Arbor, and easily see which places they’ve gone and which they have yet to visit.

Tech Trek is a free event on June 17 during which Ann Arbor’s technology companies and organizations host open houses that show off their innovations. Ann Arbor SPARK, with support from the Ann Arbor/ Ypsilanti SmartZone (LDFA), is sponsoring the A2 Tech Trek.

Arbormoon Software, Inc. has long been an avid supporter of the local community, hosting multiple tech meetups in their office including CocoaHeads, Mobile Monday, and a Google Developer Group. According to president Dave Koziol, Arbormoon is “excited to work with Ann Arbor SPARK to highlight the vibrant Tech scene in Ann Arbor, and draw attention to the great things going on in our city.”

“Ann Arbor SPARK is thrilled to work with industry mobile leader Arbormoon Software to allow our participants to get the most from the A2 Tech Trek,” said Donna Doleman, senior vice president, operations and communications, Ann Arbor SPARK. “Its creative, helpful app enhances the Tech Trek experience while at the same time showcasing the innovative companies that call Ann Arbor home. Tech Trek has been a success because of the enthusiasm that businesses like Arbormoon have for the event, the city, and continuing to create and grow in Ann Arbor.”

Arbormoon invites all A2 Tech Trek participants to stop by its offices to learn more about the mobile app development process, from ideas to the app store.

Free to all participants, this quick download is an essential companion to help all participants get the most out of the A2 Tech Trek. The A2 Tech Trek app for iPhone and Android is available now from https://u6p6k.app.goo.gl/NLtk.

17Sep

Arbormoon and Appervasive Achieve Early Success in Smart Watch App Market

SPORT Weather App an Award Winner in Samsung Gear Contest

ANN ARBOR — September 10, 2014 — SPORT Weather, the new smart watch app developed by Arbormoon Software for Appervasive has won $2,000 in the Samsung Gear App Challenge. Along with the monetary award, SPORT Weather moves on to to compete as a finalist for additional cash and recognition.

Created by Keith Bourne, owner of Appervasive, SPORT Weather is an app for the Gear 2 from Samsung. In three tappable areas, the user will see; current weather conditions, time, date and location, and hyper-local rain forecast information. For the outdoor activity set, it shows one of the most important metrics – is it going to rain, and when?

Early feedback is positive. In the review from the Gear Contest blog, SPORT Weather was described as “Freakishly accurate” with a “clean interface”. The interface allows a number of different views, so the user can select the one they like, whether it’s more information, or less. “Designing for a smart watch app is totally new” comments Bourne,”You’ve got such limited space. In order to connect with the user, the app appeal will be driven using different techniques than what is commonly used in smart phones and tablets.”

Bourne has personal reasons for developing this app. “This is a labor of love for me. I’m active in multi-sport races and a lot of my family activities are outdoors. I wanted a watch face design that would show me exactly the information I need, and be really easy to read.”

Dave Koziol, President of Arbormoon Software, said it was a welcome challenge to work on SPORT Weather. “The smart watch market is heating up incredibly fast, so this, along with a couple of other projects we’re working on, puts us absolutely at the front edge of understanding and deploying these technologies. Developing and testing the app in time for the entry deadline was a real exercise in planning. But that’s what we do.”

You can use the companion Android App to pick a background image for the watch screen. And you can set event times and lengths so you don’t have to have the phone along during the activity.

SPORT Weather can be found in the Samsung Gear App Store for the Gear 2 ($3.99), and at www.SPORTweather.com.

About Arbormoon Software, Inc.
Arbormoon Software, Inc. is a full-service mobile development shop based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Founded in 2004, ASI has an extensive portfolio of published apps in iOS, Android, and Windows, including award-winning and App Store featured apps. ASI provides mobile strategy services, design, and development for entrepreneurs, mid-sized and large corporations and universities. ASI was recognized in Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the Top 2 Mobile Development Firms in Michigan.

About Appervasive, LLC
Appervasive, LLC, founded by Keith Bourne and based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, providing mobile strategy planning and user experience research services to a wide range of clients. With mobile experience dating back to the 90’s, Keith is one of the most experienced strategy professionals in the field. Keith is a frequent conference speaker and has published articles and papers on mobile strategy. Keith is currently working on both Gear 2 and Android Wear projects, both as a developer and a strategist, leveraging his experience on numerous mobile projects in a wide variety of industries and applications (marketing, operations, supply chain management, etc). Keith is a founding board member of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) and co-founder of multiple network groups, including the Michigan chapter of Mobile Monday, which has grown to thousands of members and 4 chapters across the state of Michigan.

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For more information on Appervasive:
Keith Bourne, President
keith@appervasive.com
(734) 929-8026

For more information on Arbormoon:
Rob Baxtresser, Mobile Strategist
baxtresser@arbormoon.com
(734) 274-9007

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