Google I/O: How navigation and mobility will change your life

Google I/O conference has introduced new projects to be unveiled in the upcoming weeks that will enhance the mobility ecosystem, in which we find places, find people and experiences as well as we move around in a more comfortable way. Smart cars, advanced location tools in chaotic cities and friends recommendations are some of the best innovations we have found more interesting to tell you about.

 AUGMENTED REALITY TO NAVIGATE

 

 

 

Surely many of us laugh when we open Google Maps and listen, “turn northwest” without having any clue of where it is. Taking directions to go somewhere is a complicated task to do in some apps, not only because of their interface, but because of the mapping system they use. Therefore, there are already several applications that facilitate the indications, such as the recent update of Wave Application that allows navigating to a destiny while we geolocate our family or friends.

However, another way to understand the indications reported at Google I/O is thanks to the augmented reality, that is, the ability of the mobile to interpret through the camera the scenario we have around and superimpose in the screen the directions.

On its proposal launched at the I/O conference, Google has launched an improved augmented reality via Google Lens that paints arrows and indications about what street in addition and even has a funny guide to accompany us on our tour.

SHARE PLACES

 

One of the funniest stages of organizing a dinner out with friends or family is to find a good place that everyone likes. While we dive in in great directories such as Tripadvisor or Yelp, we still need to comment them with friends and find an agreement.

There are many apps that facilitate the decisions in group via polls, as we have shortlisted in our post about organizing trips and events with friends, but Google Maps has recently share its own way at Google I/O allowing friends to share reviews of restaurants on Maps with some friends selected and vote for the one that suits them best.

FIND THAT LITTLE RED HOUSE

 

 

 

 

Anyone who has traveled to cities that have experienced rapid growth while their economic development has raised, have seen serious problems of linear structure and transport in cities that directly affect maps and navigation. In Nigeria, as Google has emphasized in its I/O conference, or even in Panama or in Indonesia, there are large cities that do not have specific street names, so it is impossible to take directions on a map, until now.

Google has presented a new Maps in which they have tried to design the peculiarities of the big cities, making it possible to find shops and houses in the chaos of the streets, giving some referential indications. This is a great news for everyone using its API to build an infrastructure for a mapping app. It is time to adapt technology to a less digitized world.

AUTONOMOUS DRIVING

 

 

The war of the driverless cars greats is in full height, and among the companies working on it there is the Google unit Waymo, who has just presented at the Google I/O conference its new technology adapted to autonomous cars, using a system that detects and avoid pedestrians, animals and obstacles, guaranteeing the safety of them and the occupants of the vehicle.

Today these technologies seek to adapt to the chaotic traffic of cities, but surely as soon as their development and legislation allows them to circulate, the cities themselves would probably be the ones to adapt to this new way of transport.

Best destinations to visit in Spring

In Spring, the mild warm climate during the day and the coolness of the night makes it a delight to walk around. It’s the perfect time to rest in the flowery fields, swim in a crystal clear beach or enjoy the wild nature. There are so many options to enjoy a getaway in Spring that we have shortlisted our hot spots to visit this Spring for you. Enjoy Wavers!

VICTORIA FALLS

Africa is special. The wonderful immensity of the continent makes it impossible to get to know it, but for a good price there are some budget friendly dream places that will bring us closer to the less exploited natural wonders of the world. Among them and despite their fame are the Victoria Falls, located between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Given the political situation of Zimbabwe is a good option to see them from Zambia, the only downside is that we need to go from Livingston by taxi for about 10 kilometers to get to them but the view is really spectacular from this part of the falls. The activities offered to tourists are very varied, from a walking tour to a bath in one of the terraces of the falls or ride in helicopter. In any case, the adrenaline is part of the experience as it is likely to feel overwhelmed by the thunderous noise.

To stay, Livingston is the closest city to the waterfalls in Zambia and offers a very nice colonial and rustic atmosphere to spend the afternoon dining local food and enjoying the local dances. At sight are baboons, antelopes and zebras. The sunrise in the middle of a natural wooded place, without contamination and in front of the bottom of the waterfalls, is spectacular.

VIENNA

In the European city of palaces citizens enjoy a lot the sunny days as they often picnic in the numerous parks of the city, ride a bike around the palaces or chill in front of the river. These are some of the reasons that make Vienna the city with the highest quality of life in the world, according to a recent study.

One recommendable way of traveling is renting a bike and touring the central ring passing through the impressive Opera house, the park of Schottentor and the City Hall, which is one of the most beautiful buildings in central Europe. It is worth to continue the river and visit the Belvedere Palace before turning to Schönnbrunn, the Sissi Palace, and wandering in its gardens to have amazing views of the city from the top of the hill.

Tourists that are lucky can listen for free to a music concert by the prestigious Vienna philharmonic orquesta, that is often held in the gardens of the Sissi Palace throughout the year. At night, a craft beer made of wheat or a lager could be well accompanied by schnitzel at the Museumsquartier, the lively area of museums and pubs.

BOSTON

This city gathers skyscrapers, large parks and a flagrant university life – remember that it has 52 universities – so we are shortlisting a few key activities to spend a getaway in Boston. We would start our tour in Quincy market, a street market that offers a variety of cuisines of the world located in the historic centre of Boston.  Walking from there are the main monuments of Boston such as the Public Library of Boston and the Trinity Church, the cathedral of great architectural value because part of its foundations are submerged in the water.

To go through the history of Boston, it is best to follow the pedestrian path called the Freedom Trail, a tour around the main buildings where the American Revolution was forged. At the same time as revolutionary, the citizens have great immigrant roots that can be seen walking on the Black Heritage Tour and visiting the neighborhoods of Little Italy or Chinatown.

Boston has plenty of parks but the most beautiful one is the Fenway Park, which has large areas where we can escape for a bit from the bustle of the city. After chilling, tourists can visit the skyline of the city, the Fine Arts Museum or enjoy a drink in the historical centre. Some of the spots that are often visit are the prestigious universities MIT and Harvard, that are easily reached by public transport.

Lastly, we recommend visitors to complete the visit enjoying a basketball game of the Celtics or a baseball game of the Red Sox in their stadiums. It is an interesting opportunity to see locals in their most festive atmosphere.

MAYAN RIVIERA

In this part of the Caribbean, the dry season is the best season to enjoy a sunny and a cultural vacation by the Mayan Riviera. As the distances of all hot spots are long, it is recommended to stay in Cancun or Playa del Carmen and move around to visit the beaches and the Maya ruins.

For those who want more comfort, the hotel zone of Cancun is the area of ​​beaches with luxurious hotels and apartments in which to spend a few days of pure relax. Once we have rested, there is much to see! One of the mandatory tourist destinations are the ruins of Tulum, a Mayan post-classic site that overlooks the Caribbean Sea and offers stunning views both within the park and from the sea.

The more adventurous would continue down the coast to the Bay of Akumel, where tourists can swim with turtles and small rays. Another important Mayan post classic ruin is Chichen itztá, a complex of ruins dedicated to the Mayan gods that are only three and a half hours from Cancun.

The beaches of the Mexican Mayan Riviera are clean, crystal clear and beautiful, although it is also possible to find pink water beaches in Coloradas, one of the essential points to enjoy authentic views in the north of the state of Yucatan. In the Mayan Riviera not everything is nature, the cities of Valladolid and Merida combine the colorful Caribbean style with the old colonial houses of Creoles and Spaniards. For lunch, tacos, quesadillas and burritos are the local delicacy and the margaritas with chile are a real explosion of flavor.

If you travel in group, take Wave with you and find your friends easily by sharing your live location on a private map, so you can do your own plan and join them afterwards! Now with the option to set a meeting point on the map and navigate there, it is easier to move around new cities.

Wave Application nails it again on its latest crowdfunding campaign

Wave has recently closed its second Crowdcube campaign super successfully reaching £ 500.000 campaign objective during the very first day. The end result for the 30 day campaign is amazing £ 845,980, backed up by 597 investors.

A big part of the success is probably due to the KPIs that Wave presented on its video  video: 80% retention rate and 800% growth in monetization, just to mention but a few, have surely caught the investors’ eyes. Another possible key to success is that Wave had signed previously a A series with prestigious investors and the investors on Crowdcube had the opportunity to sign under the same conditions.

Along with its great usage, at Wave we introduced for the first time revenue data from the placement of native and non intrusive ads, a new way of monetizing that has driven the app into the online business market.

Prior to this campaign we already crowdfunded at CrowdCube in 216, in which we also hit our goal gaining more than 700 thousand pounds that were decisive to develop the product we have today.

 This is not the only way of investment we have planned for this year, as we have just signed two Serie A with prestigious investors. Wave is ready to take the app to the next level, arriving to all smartphones in the world.

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We are very proud of what we have achieved, making possible to fulfill the KPIs we set two years ago and to be able to keep the focus on our product. This has been a great challenge that has made us experts in filtering what we would like to have and what we need, in order to craft a realistic pitch and to make every step of Wave possible.

Once we have set the goals, we have embraced the idea of crowdfunding again and looking for the support of small and medium investors who can take part on Wave and share with us their points of view. This task has been an incredible experience to meet new technology driven investors.

 WHAT’S NEXT

The core of Wave is its top notch technology which is why we want to be a trend setter when it comes to launching new features in the real time location sharing market. We will also continue listening to our users to get the best insights.

 As the features are launched very rapidly the design and UX must be continuously adapted. Our design department, led by the Creative Director of Pinterest, makes sure that the latest trends are also followed in the look & feel of the app.

With the investment raised, Wave will continue improving the product and it aims to lead the real time location market. Wave is set to be the best app to navigate and meet friends anytime there is a plan and to connect with them anywhere in the world.

Wave is a tool to connect people by sharing their location in real time with relatives of friends when needed, set a meeting point, chat and be able to arrive to the destiny fast and accurately, anywhere in the world.

However, we have realised that we can extend our technology in positioning and mapping to other companies that need this service. That is why we are implementing secondary B2B verticals, dedicated to adjust our native technology to the needs of third parties. This new activity is opening a bunch of new challenges that we are happy to face within the next quarter and beyond.

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The team, as we always mention, has been the great talent that has pushed things forward, and we believe that passion is the engine of success at work. We are hiring, so have a look at our opportunities.

This is the time to take Wave to the next level, reaching all smartphones in the world, perfectioning our technology.

How to Meet Friends That Share The Same Hobbies? Use These Apps!

How have you met your last group of friends? Making friends and forging relationships is a grateful way of making our lives happier and sometimes we wish we could find someone that share our new hobbies. However, with our busy lives it is difficult to get out of the routine and throw ourselves to meet people. One of the best ways to sort this out is actually meeting people that is interested in what we are doing or what we like to do with our leisure, so here are our best picks to get you find new friends while tasting new cuisines, playing virtual games or learning new skills.

SHARE THE TABLE

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One of the most shared hobbies between travelers and people who want to try new experiences is gastronomy. eat local delicacies and there is no better topic of conversation to break the ice, so the application Eat With proposes to establish as a meeting point the table of thousands of chefs, both reputed and amateurs to meet strangers who want to get closer to the local culture.

We can be a host or a guest in a house to have authentic local food, get to know other people and the culture if we are in a new country. Sharing a made in house food it is such a good way to start a conversation and even a friendship. How does it work? When we install the app we can select to be a guest or a host, and then fill some details about our location, cuisine, expertise and so on, then we can set a date to host a dinner and sell the tickets for it to the guests. Then the magic starts, a nice supper out can be the beginning of a friendship. It is free and available for iOS and Android

ENROLL AN ONLINE GAME

Gamers are experts in online games, and many friendships have been forged among virtual graphics, however there are some games more collaborative than others, such as Clash Royale. This game is one of the most fascinating mobile games of the moment, in which we can plan strategies, collaborate with players to obtain the clan’s chest and discover worlds with players from all over the world.

The championships are played as a couple, so in the end we spent a lot of time talking and planning our next move with another player in the world. This relationships can move us forward to the next level or take us back, so it is essential to communicate properly with other players and make a strong team. Surely we can find some friends in here, as well as spend entertaining the dead hours. It’s free and available for iOS and Android.

NETWORK WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE

Meeting people from our professional sector can elevate our professional future if we coincide with people who offer us new points of view, who make us grow and who contribute something really useful. We can connect with thousands of profiles using professional social networks, however once we have them all it is difficult to identify the right ones to start a conversation and actually break the ice.

To facilitate the conversations and the meetings with new contacts, the app Shapr proposes us a seleccion of Linkedin profiles that matches with our experience and interests, so we don’t need to navigate through our whole list of contacts to find a good profile to talk with. Getting the right connections is difficult, that is why the Shapr app is an easy solution to identify which people we should know.

How does it work? Once we have linked our Linkedin account the application scans our profile and searches in their database for other profiles that share some of our skills and introduces them to us. When we see one that fits us we can request to connect with him or her and if they also want to connect, then Shapr activates a chat of us to start talking and perhaps arrange a meeting to have a coffee.  It is a win-win, since we both want to know each other and there is no place for weird conversations.It is free and available for Android and iOS.

WIN THE TRIVIA IN GROUP

Meet with a group of friends to play a board game is a very interesting option to have a good time and relax on a Friday night, but also to meet people from all over the world and compete to be the winning team. This is the dynamics of Lively, an application that presents a chat with video call for four participants in which to play trivia with people from all over the world.

How does it work? Once the users register they can join a group either at 3pm CEST or at 7pm PST for 30 minutes or just jump in an open game. Users can see each others with the video camera and also chat, and in the case they get along, add each other as a friend. There is no better way to start meeting people than sharing a relaxing time playing fun games such as trivia. Its mission is connecting people while doing something and we believe it is a great idea. It is free and available for iOS.

AI is your best friend- Here is how to solve your main problems using these 3 chatbots

Artificial intelligence is a great ally of our most immediate problems, such as health, work-life balance and happiness of the hand of chatbots. These tools are created so that we pour our queries into them and eventually establish a relationship with us and the hand of our best virtual friend, offer us the best consultations and recommendations.

PUT YOUR THOUGHTS ON REPLIKA AND LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF 

Writing a diary is a very healthy way of pouring out our thoughts, experiences and feelings so that we are able to observe them from the outside, read them and analyze them. That way we can improve our personality and work on ways to feel better. How many times have we felt alone, or have we become angry with a friend or with our partner? In many occasions, reading those feelings from the outside makes us see the real importance of what happens to us and helps us to explore our deepest self.

Now that we have artificial intelligence is more fun and reliable, we can turn into a chatbot like Replika to confess our thoughts and get to know ourselves better. Replika is the robot that wants to become our best friend, and for this it is not necessary to invite us to barbecues or beach trips but to be exactly like us.

How does it work? It is very simple, we just need to turn ideas, thoughts and stories into the chat, which Replika will answer with predefined messages. As we talk and interact more, the robot will get to know us better and adapt our responses to our personality. By the end of some weeks the robot will be smart enough to answer us like we would do so we can realise that we are always negative, or positive, or have a bad mood or good mood.  

Probably, if you are a fan of Netflix Black Mirror series, it will remind you of more than one episode, but the truth is that is real and it works well for thousands of people. The reviews of the Apple Store are fascinating, in fact many people think that they could not delete the app because they would feel they have lost a friend. What do you think, would you give Replika a chance to know your inner self? Get it for free for iOS and Android.

REDUCE THE WAGE THEFT

Working as a freelancer is one of the most complicated ways of making a living in terms of hourly billing. Although we fill the month of projects and invoice them according to the market, it is really hard to know exactly if the time we have invested worths our wage.

Calculating how long it takes for one task to be done it is hard for everyone, though. In large companies agile methodologies are on trend as these softwares estimate task execution times to increase team productivity. However, for those of us who work alone, it is best to calculate how much time each task really takes us passively, without us having to make the calculations.

Artificial intelligence helps us to do this with Jornalero, an application that counts the hours we work on each project and calculates what we have earned per hour, to see if it is worth to accept this kind of projects.

Once the application has informed us of what we are earning we can personalize messages to share them in the app or in our social networks, informing of our changes of work, or how good or bad were the projects we took to help other future workers. At the moment it is in beta version in Spanish and English. You have it free and available for Android and iOS.

STOP GOOGLELING YOUR SYMPTOMS, INSTEAD TALK TO A CHATBOT

Being able to talk virtually to a doctor is already part of many medical insurances around the world. We have the chance to call a doctor, have a video call or a virtual consultation to avoid going to the hospital when we have symptoms of a mild illness such as the flu or simply when we need to follow up on a diagnosed problem. However, on many occasions and for all patients, before actually having an appointment with the doctor we would be grateful to just simply know if we need to go or what we have is normal and can be cured at home.

Making people aware of their state of health and encouraging them to go to the doctor if necessary is the goal of Your MD, a chatbot that can become our best ally, especially if we are a bit hypochondriac.

With Your MD we can open the chat and type in it all our symptoms and the app will recommend us what to do, that could be going to the doctor or taking care of ourselves at home. In addition to solve an immediate concern, it tracks what we send to prepare long-term pre-diagnoses.

Your MD is a useful tool to learn more about our health, see what happens to us and take the appropriate measures. It is free and available for iOS and Android and can also be integrated with Slack, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Skype and Kik.

Best apps for stargazing

One of the wonders of the universe is the starry sky and now a days it can only be enjoyed while being away from the bustle of cities. Few of us have the opportunity to see the mantle of stars of the Milky Way above our heads because of pollution and city lights. When we go stargazing we are so amazed that we don’t take the most out of it.

Stargazing is a pleasant hobby and we can enjoy it better with some specialized applications of astronomy. They combine the use of the GPS, accelerometer and compass of our smartphones with the augmented reality, so when we point to the sky with our smartphone we can identify which star or satellite is in front of us. They also offer explanations thanks to a huge database of astronomical information.

As there are plenty of apps out there for stargazing, we have tested a few and shortlisted the ones we believe are the best to get you ready for an eventful stargazing getaway.

Stephen Hawking – “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe…”

 SKYVIEW

SkyView is an app with which we can point to the sky with our camera to identify constellations, stars and satellites. In addition, it will keep us informed of all visible cosmic events such as eclipses, star showers or super moons through notifications. With SkyView we can share the best images with our friends and also take a tour through time, seeing the movement of the constellations over the years. It is a pure cosmic addiction. It’s free and available for iOS and Android.

STAR WALK 2

For the ones who are looking for something more professional, Star Walk app is a great choice. In addition to identifying the main satellites, stars and other cosmic events, the app teaches us about where each planet in the Solar System is, how to identify it by the brightness that it gives off and what materials make it up. The profusion of data that offers makes it an app in which we can spend several hours without noticing.

One of the characteristics that we like the most is that we can see the sky at different frequencies such as radio, microwave, infrared, ultraviolet, X-ray, or gamma-ray. It is free and available for iOS and Android.

NASA APP

If we plan to learn a little about the universe, what would be the first source of information we will visit? The Nasa, of course! Its app is the most reliable source of information about their missions, both current and past, their news, and the details about their astronauts.

Its photo section deserves special mention, since it displays breathtaking images of the earth and astronomical phenomena such as eclipses, shooting stars or starbursts. It’s free and available for iOS and Android.

SkyORB LITE 

Considered one of the best astronomy apps in the world, SkyORB Lite also works with augmented reality to highlight in our smartphone the presence of stars, constellations, planets and satellites, and it does it in an elegant and very intuitive way. The application has a very interesting function that is to see the Milky Way and the solar system by zooming in and zooming out with a spectacular level of realism.

In addition, its friendly design makes it possible for us to write in the search bar what we want to look for, like a satellite or even a nebula and the app will tell us where and when we can see it. It’s free and available for iOS.

 WAVE APPLICATION

 Going with friends to chase the stars is a great way to have an amazing getaway, but as it happens at night we recommend you to download Wave Application. It is a simple app where you can open a map with your friends and share your location in real time during the trip. In this way you will feel free to come and go enjoying the best views without having the fear of losing your friends in the dark night.

Once you open a session with your fiends you can spot them on the map, set a meeting point, get directions and see the estimated time of arrival. Also you can chat and share your stunning photos of the sky with your friends, even in the most remote place in the universe. It’s free and available for iOS and Android.

Once we have the best technology to explore the secrets of the universe we may have doubts on how to make the most of our escape to infinity. Let us display you some tips to help you plan your adventure:

 TIPS AND TRICKS TO CONSIDER BEFORE GOING STARGAZING

According to the users of the Reddit forum, it is necessary to have in mind some tips to go camping. The first one is thinking carefully of what we want to see precisely so we can prepare the right trip. If we intend to see the Milky Way in its splendor it is better to do it in the summer, while in winter we will have a greater vision of other thousands of interesting stars. The good thing about going in winter is that, despite the cold, mosquitoes will not chase us and we will be able to enjoy the night outdoors.

On the other hand, both the moon and the sun are the enemies of our trip because their luminosity can dazzle many other stars. Other spectacular events such as the northern lights can also bother the views of the stars in exchange for the spectacular green lights, so in conclusion, it is better to decide what we want to see before starting our getaway.

Another recommendation is to buy binoculars because they can increase our vision of the sky. Although the mentioned applications have low luminosity so that our eyes continue to adapt to the night, some users affirm that they always wrap their smartphones in transparent red paper so when the look at the screen their eyes don’t adapt to light. Keep in mind that it takes around 30 minutes for your eyes to fully adapt to the night and be able to appreciate the brightness of the sky.

Best dating apps and how to flirt properly

Whether it is for a friendship, for a casual flirt or for falling in love, Millennials love meeting new people to enjoy every part of their lives and now this is easier than ever. We have the chance to find different mates at our fingertips and only the ski or these digital apps are the limit!

However, as everyone connects to dozens of new matches per week, standing out in the crowd and making a good impression to others is becoming a hard task. And for most of us, flirting is not as easy as it seems.

According to a study by the popular app Hinge, a small part of the people who have made a match have started talking on the chat, and since chatting is the only way of communicating in the app it is clear that being liked does not assure us to have a date. So, how can we actually have a date with someone we have liked online?

Some apps have tried to facilitate the interaction between users by giving them different roles according to their gender: women choose first to like someone or are the first to open conversations as it happens in Ok Cupid. However, even when women choose, after having thousands of similar conversations with other mates it is likely that they will just stop talking first.

So how do we get out of the indecision and boredom that causes talking with so many people at once? We believe that the best way to succeed in the online dating world is to spend some time trying different dating apps to find out which one is the best ones for us. We all already know Tinder or Happn, so let us help introduce you other dating apps on this list with some of the best dating apps in the market:

MEET FRIENDS OF FRIENDS AND FLIRT WITH THEM

Hinge is a simple dating app. It is an advanced version of the gossip we usually do on Facebook looking for the friends of our contacts. On Hinge when we create our profile we also log in our social media accounts, so the app can scan our contacts and display us the friends of our friends who have the app installed. It is a great opportunity to talk to that guy or girl so cute that we saw on that birthday party last month or to finally meet that pale that was going to our university.

Hinge is one of the dating apps that gives users the chance to start the conversation talking about the same circle of friends or interests. And this is such a great start when we meet someone new. It has a free version and another paid one and it is available for iOS and for Android.

FIND YOUR CONCERT BUDDY

What music do you listen to? This is probably one of our favorite phrases when we start a conversation with a stranger. However, this is often a bad idea if we find out that we and our online date have very different musical tastes or if we discover that our date has no idea about ​​the groups we are talking about.

To avoid bad vibes, Tastebudd is a dating app that brings people together for their musical tastes, assuring, at least, that the first conversation will be good and smooth. If we also talk about some mythical songs we have almost assured to have a date in person. It’s free and available for iOS.

QUALITY OVER QUANTITY 

Impatient people will certainly not want to hear about this option, but for those who are tired of swiping hey can try Once, a dating app that, as its name suggests, only sends a match a day to our mail. For this, we must dump into the app a large part of our personality with our tastes and particularities so it can sends us a proper match. It also gives us a single day to reply back to the match or discard it. With Once there are no excuses for busy people to date online as it is the most relaxing app to do it. It is free and available for iOS and Android.

SIGN IN THE SPINNING CLASS

Some of us might think that flirting in the gym is reserved for those ones who wear a six pack.  However, simply sharing the love of sweating in the spinning class can connect us to other sport lovers, especially if we have installed in our smartphone the app Sweatt.

This online dating app takes the city’s gyms to our phone and paires us with those ones that share our favorite exercises. Get off the couch immediately and go to the gym; besides improving your health you could find love, flirt or whatever you are looking for. At the moment it is in only available in NYC but it plans to expand throughout the world. It is free and available for iOS.

The lucky ones that are about to have a date can use Wave Application, an app that facilitates the meetings between friends, dates or relatives by sharing their live location on a private map. Besides displaying each other’s location in real time, it has the possibility to set a meeting point on the map, see how to get there and what is the estimated time of arrival. Use it to take your date to your favorite restaurant and to chat privately. It’s free and available for ios and android.

Our crowdfunding campaign exceeds the target of half a million pounds in the first hours and continues adding up

Objective fulfilled! The success could not have been greater. Just a few hours after we started our second crowdfunding campaign, the goal we had of getting 500,000 pounds was exceeded by an investment of more than 200 investors. 

The first ones to invest were our unconditional fans, the business angels and investors who trust us and who have seen us achieved our KPIs over the years. However, a few hours later the campaign had already awakened the interest of new investors who completed our target of 500 thousand pounds on the first day of the campaign.

We have 23 days ahead of the campaign and we have already generated 609,370 pounds from more than 200 investors. You can see the last minute info on our campaign’s site.

This is the second time that we have been campaigning in Crowdcube, a reputed crowdfunding platform in the United Kingdom, in which we obtained in 2016 more than 700 thousand pounds of financing that were decisive in developing the product we have today.

On this occasion we are more experienced entrepreneurs and we are older. We have gone to Crowdcube with results of what we envisioned two years ago. All our KPIs are fulfilled with a great userbase, a high retention rate and with an app that already monetizes. As many investors will know, there is no better cover letter before a funding round.

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Crowdcube is not the only source of investment we have planned for this year, as we have partnered with Series A Venture Capitals for €2 million and we have been backed by more than 500 investors.

Our story has a very happy present so you might wonder how we got here and what we are going to do from now on. Let us tell you this briefly:

HOW WE HAVE GROWN SO MUCH?

Wave Application is a free app that helps people to meet by spotting each other on a private map in real time, through a sophisticated system of geolocation. We commercialized the app for iOS and Android in 2015 and since then we have improved the accuracy of the application and incorporated new decisive features to stand out among our competitors, such as:

  • Group maps to see all of our friends simultaneously, set a meeting point and see where the others are. 
  • The possibility to set a meeting point on the map and see how to get there and how long it takes us (ETA).
  • Full chat to type, speak and send images.
  • Duration of the session for each taste: limited and unlimited waves.
  • Technology in real time, which adapts to the pace of each user.
  • Intuitive UX design. Easy to use, pleasant and functional.
  • Safety technology. All the information is encrypted and users need to give permissions every time they open a shared map with others.

These core features have allowed us to grow our user base from 3.5 million in 2016 to more than 11 million today and to achieve a retention rate of 80 percent.

And will you say if the application is free, how do you earn money out of it? Two years ago, we did not worry about that. We wanted to follow an American model and validate our idea, to show that people loved it and that it was worth it. Today our user base has allowed us to have a very good technology that we can adapt to other companies and an excellent platform to display non intrusive ads.

Follow us in this incredible journey. Best!