Category Archives: Software

Spying on #2: Brito’s mobile heaven

Brito has been snapping up and using every mobile device we have in our office… An app must suit every existent equipment. I ended up finding him in a room testing the app for each piece of software. Oh boy, look at all that paraphernalia!


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Virtual Aquariums

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Have you seen a cute virtual aquarium like this? Maybe you’ve already passed through one when shopping. They exist in a lot of places, from event halls to outdoor public spaces, serving their purpose of both entertainment and costumer increase.

The Virtual Aquarium is a social, pet-raising simulator that enables you to create your own pet fish (body and fin format, eye type, pattern, colors…) and then name it and release it into the virtual world. Then you have to be a responsible owner and take care of your pet nicely, so it stays healthy. Remember Tamagotchi or The Sims game? This is sort of an aquatic version of those games and it’s proving to be a success all over the world!

We are very pleased and proud about this project because it is produced by our parent company YDreams. It all comes up from the idea that “the gamification of cultural and retail spaces”, as stated by António Câmara, the YDreams’ CEO, “is a dominant trend”, with crescent popularity. 

The great news here is that from all the YDreams aquariums across the world, there are already 50.000 virtual fish, all created thanks to your creative minds 😉

If we got you interested, see if any of these places are near your area of residence:

Marmara Forum, Istanbul, Turkey

mfi Shopping Center, Munich, Germany

Höfe am Brühl, Leipzig, Germany

Forum Sintra, Lisbon, Portugal

Boulevard Londrina Shopping, Londrina, Brazil

If you live too far away, you can always check the website to see the millions of other smashing works produced by YDreams. The company has been responsible for developing various other projects that privilege the connection between the virtual and the real. 

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The team asks…

We’ve challenged Antão Almada (Head of Software Development) to unveil Ziphius™ top software decisions. Here’s what he said:

“Ziphius can be controlled by apps running on Android or iOS. These apps will do much more than remote controllers. We are working on features like augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI) based games.

For these reasons we chose Unity as the development platform for the mobile devices’ software. Unity has an easy to use graphical development interface, a huge community of developers and it has free version for small sized companies.

We also take advantage of the new Unity integration of YVision, a development platform for natural user interfaces (NUI) and augmented reality.

These platforms will let us build innovative and engaging software to go with the cutest aquatic drone: Ziphius™!”


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