2016.08.22Rethink basics

Every single thing or thought can be challenged (even this one).

For instance, we are currently building a great app for juga: the guest book.

How can we challenge the good old guestbook? The book which is there mostly to be ignored... or to divert you while you're queuing for the WC.

Well we built it using juga's platform and the context changes a lot:

  1. No more paper and pen, you can interact with the guestbook at the same time as another person,
  2. With your mobile you can send messages and selfies/photos,
  3. Connectable to a TV you get your local social feed on the big screen,
  4. Numeric, you can print or save your book or reuse the photos in a different context,
  5. Real-time, people interact with the book and it become a social game,
  6. Optionally Moderated :)

I was stunned to create such a useful and provocative app in only a few days, I believe Juga's guestbook is a fantastic tool for weddings, parties, hot places, businesses, etc.

You can already try it on Juga.tv, a dedicated and over-simplified service for weddings is on its way :)

2016.07.05About future

Juno reached Jupiter today, maybe I can write something personal then :)

It was a few days ago, they were waiting for their dad to stop working and come play with them.

After five seconds of disruptive silence Léonce asked: "Dad, what will exist after humans?"

"Hmm," they were behind me but I bet they sensed the smile of pleasure on my face, "probably robots," I answered while pushing my work of the day to gitlab.

"Maybe OUR robot then!" Exclaimed Joseph full of hope and pride.

I looked at the little Arduino bot standing on my desk. A white protoboard, cheap colored cables, a cheap three wheels chassis, four AA batteries, a clock, a distance sensor, and the dust accumulating. The thing shouldn't survive two years.

"We'll have to improve it a little then," I said cheerfully after closing the laptop.

I believe in the theory that humans are the bees of Earth's life. In other words: Our specie is programmed to spread Earth's life in the universe.

I admit it's been a little bit chaotic during a few millenniums, but, hey, that's how life goes on, slowly, with errors, and never giving up!

Compatible with science and god, your ancestors will pat your back when you'll join them!

2016.03.15Juga.tv

It's hard to believe my last post is one year old :)

I've been working on quite a lot of things but the most important is a fresh start-up called "Juga Entertainment S.L.".

With my friend and co-founder Michele, we had this revelation of an easy to use gamification system for public places and events.

Something both fun and immensely useful for the world (from the bar to the education).

So I stopped all my projects, we worked hard, and with the help and support of many friends we reached the point where our first product is available in BETA and it rocks!

It's called Juga.tv.

Here's a small taste of what it look like:

We created this entertainment system based on modern web technologies. It connect TVs with Mobiles for real-time interaction and communication.

We believe in local community and in the power of people having fun together (Hello, I have been creating games for more than 15 years :).

With Juga your will manage things like:

  • your quiz night with prizes and ready to use questions (more than 10k in 3 languages at the time of this writing),
  • your interactive karaoke where the public will be able to note the performers,
  • wait, it also works with any kind of performance and concourse!
  • your whatever-sport-real-or-imaginary betting for fun,
  • a lottery to give some prizes? done,
  • a vote for the best presentation of the event? sure,
  • ok... I think you get the idea, a lot of things, very flexible games, and more to come...

Plus, since Juga takes control of your TVs your can display your own information like schedules, menus, offers, youtube channel, whatever.

We still have a lot to do, we have a plan, we move fast and we already provide many activities and tools so anyone can potentially take control of his TV to provide great entertainment and better communicate with his customers!

Technology wise juga.tv is mainly developed with Scala, Scalajs, Akka and uses docker tools for deployment. It's the work a big productive year and there's a lot of good stuff under the hood. I hope I'll find the time to talk about some of these things in the future. :)

Test Juga.tv (yes, there's a free plan for that) and send me your feedback! And if your like it...

2014.12.20MiliWorlds on its way to your tablet

Made with openFL / lime and lot of love the new version of MiliWorlds is ready for you to have a lot of fun on your Android tablet.

The iPad version was sent to Apple and with a little bit of luck you will be able to test this great update next week.

Here's a glimpse of Yeray's new design. Since it's an action game expect a GamePlay video in the future.

Happy Holidays!

Laurent

2014.12.16MiliWorlds+... incoming

One month ago I met Yeray Pérez Vallejo at the MOB, a co-working space in Barcelona.

Yeray is a designer/illustrator with a vicious passion for popups (popup books, not the anoying windows) and paper objects. Another passion he have is the more common one: video games!

We were talking about our projets and he saw MiliWorlds. MiliWorlds is a little game/prototype I created some months ago. It's a fun little action game for two players on one tablet.

One game later, it was set: he would entirely recreate the graphic design of the game.

One thing leads to another and here we are, with a MiliWorlds on steroids with a delicious retro-game flavour, spiced up with 8bits sounds and musics!

The MiliWorlds update will soon be sent to iOS and Android tablets, you will love it.

See you soon and be prepared!

(Psst: the game will be published with #FrenchCows the french indie collective!)