Wednesday, 12 September 2018 / Published in Art, Block Chain

Working in the world of technology with-out specialization we’re allowed an opportunity to explore new ideas on how new tech can be applied to old ideas. It’s exciting for us to egage with our clients and say “what if” and feel that start-up rush again.

So working with a talent like Rich Rush, a 40 year veteran of the sports art niche, we find a creative just as pumped as we are and just as ready to say “what if?”.

Let’s start with “What is Blockchain?” and we find the standard definition as:

noun: blockchain; plural noun: blockchains; noun: block-chain; plural noun: block-chains
  1. a digital ledger in which transactions made in bitcoin or another cryptocurrency are recorded chronologically and publicly.
    “we can actually have a look at the blockchain and see evidence of what’s going on”

A digital, online, world recognized ledge where any and all transactions take place and items are checked and balance.

There are many different ways the art world is looking at blockchain but for our discussions it’s the idea of getting rid of the pravance – a paper history of the ownership of the art piece starting with the artist himself – and the physical art completely.

No physical art at all.

Most of us have had a digital wall paper on our computer or digital devices, most of us know that this was either created digitally or photographed and uploaded an now we can share it everywhere – but what if that wall paper had a way to call home, confirm you paid and decide whether or not you had the rights to see it?

Rather than print



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Thursday, 23 August 2018 / Published in Amazon Alexa, Push Notification, Technology

Customers love that they can speak to Alexa on a growing number of devices, access more than 12,000 skills, and get information on a variety of topics in seconds. However, they often ask that Alexa be more proactive in delivering information.

Soon customers will be able to enable notifications for select skills and shopping updates on most devices with Alexa. Companies like AccuWeather, The Washington Post, Just Eat, and Life360 will be among the first to update their skills with notifications, giving Alexa the capability to alert customers with information that’s important to them.

We’re also excited to announce that development tools to enable skills notifications for both device makers and skill builders through the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) and Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) are coming soon.

When available, users will be able to opt-in to notifications per skill using the Amazon Alexa App and will be alerted when there’s new information to retrieve by a chime and a pulsing green light on their Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Show device. When users enable notifications on a skill like The Washington Post, the skill will send status updates to the device. Users can simply ask, “Alexa, what did I miss?” or “Alexa, what are my notifications?” and Alexa will inform users of the latest breaking news. All skills require users to opt-in before they’ll send alerts to any device. Customers can also disable notifications for skills or suppress notifications temporarily by putting devices in Do Not Disturb mode by voice or through the Amazon Alexa App.

AVS API for Notifications

Update: AVS makes new ‘Notifications for Alexa’ feature available to device makers. Learn more.

AVS will announce a developer preview soon to ensure AVS-enabled device makers get a head start updating their products to support notifications from Alexa skills. Device makers will have to update their products to support a new directive and to control an on-device indicator (LED or on-screen equivalent) and earcon. When a user receives a notification, the device emits a sound and a device indicator turns on until the notification is read, deleted, or expired.

Notifications for ASK

In the coming months, developers will be able to add notifications to their skills to deliver important and relevant information to users. Skills like AccuWeather will provide weather updates, The Washington Post will provide users breaking news alerts, and Just Eat will provide order confirmations.

Customers will be able to try out this feature on select upcoming skills and give feedback on their experience in the Amazon Alexa App. The team will use the feedback to improve user experience before releasing development tools to all skill builders.

Why Alexa?

Amazon provides developers with hardware and software tools that make it easier to build magical voice experiences for customers. Alexa, comprised of two powerful developer frameworks, enables device makers and skill builders to reach new customers across the Echo Family of Devices and all AVS-enabled products.

Stay tuned for more information on Notifications and the upcoming development tools for AVS and ASK. In the meantime, visit the Alexa Developer Portal to learn more about building Alexa Skills or integrating Alexa into your product.