Super excited to share this venture my design studio has been working on.
Orbit is a mobile marketing tool that connects your brand to nearby customers. It provides businesses with a mobile app that their customers don't need to download.
It delivers location-based mobile apps whenever a customer is in range of an Orbitbox. Meaning businesses can deliver targeted app-like experiences to customers without them needing to install anything on their mobile.
Check it out, really appreciate any feedback or let me know if you'd like to try it yourself.
It's a novel idea, I really dig it—it could be used for many other purposes too. Do you plan on having a good technical writeup about it somewhere?
Is it calling it an 'app' a bit disingenuous, or at least a little vague? It made me think of SpiderOak and them using 'zero knowledge'.
We'll upload your Orbit with anything you want – discount forms, HD media, interactive games and more.
Is it really anything? Like there's no performance issues with HD media? Have you tried having a complex, heavy SPA in there?
Thanks for your feedback :)
Yeah I would agree that app doesn't fit perfectly – they are ultimately web apps delivered in an innovative way so would defend them being 'applications'. Native app. Web app. WiFi App? Also our target audience appreciate what an 'app' is and the sort of functionality they offer.
Performance wise we haven't come across any issues — we have access to the same engine as the system browsers. We have primarily built Orbit Apps using React JS and see same performance. By pre-rendering the app we have managed to make the experience super fast. HD video plays great with fantastic throughput.
The animation video at the top of the product page tells a million words.
I wonder how this works, with no service workers on ios.
No service worker needed! Once a user connects to a WiFi, the OS will probe for internet access — Orbit exploits this authentication procedure and returns a locally served web app.
I'm part of the team that has developed Orbit. There are some interesting security technicalities we have encountered — specifically behaviours with cross-origin requests and WebSockets.
So you know when you connect to public Wifi, and sometimes you get a popup (on iOS) or get navigated to a different webpage (Android) and are told that you need to sign up, press a button, or whatever before you can use the internet? It's using that mechanism. If I'm understanding the pitch, they also give the access point a promotional title.
Yes you've got it! The content and experience of the app can be tailored to the situation and branding requirements.
We also have features and infrastructure to deploy and manage Orbit Box installations — currently we’re building out a dashboard to enable a shared working space business to download captured email addresses form their 'Claim your free trial' Orbit App.
understood it now, thanks!
Interesting! I'm curious about what the hardware looks like.
We're still developing branded hardware. Take a look at my pretty face and a stack of four.