Hey, Airbnb. Hotels aren’t scared of you.

03.19.2015 by Forest Giant

In today’s age of technology and innovation, what are we really looking for in a hotel stay? Guests want more than just a place to lay their head — they are looking for an experience. With more hotels offering new technologies such as customized mobile apps and keyless check-in, consumers have come to expect an efficient, personalized hotel stay. And why wouldn’t they? Other industries — banking, healthcare, retail and more — have embraced advances in technology. When it has become the norm, it is what you come to expect as a consumer. Many hotels are providing these experiences through the use of new technologies. These innovative hotels are more than just a place to drop your bags while you head out to explore your surroundings — they are a part of those surroundings, enhancing your trip.

Gross 1.0 for iOS 8 - iPhone

02.02.2015 by Forest Giant

Last year we released “Gross” a simple app that displays your movement by leveraging a chip found in the iPhone 5s, 6 and 6+ called the “motion co-processor”, which records all movement on your phone. The idea for Gross was simple, display all the data recorded by the motion co-processor in a minimal and elegant fashion. For us, Gross was an experiment to explore the possibilities of Apple’s new hardware. This year we revisit Gross in the same spirit of exploration, but also with a new vision. We believe that seeing something so simple can have a tremendous impact on how you spend your time and can lead to habit transformation.

iOS Device Motion: Apps With Attitude

02.02.2015 by Stephan Baker

Today I had the opportunity to work on an application that needed to be aware of changes to the device orientation. Detecting whether the phone is being held in a landscape or portrait orientation is easy enough, and iOS can handle making these changes for you, but I needed something a bit more specialized. The view I was creating would always be displayed in portrait orientation, but I needed to be able to capture the angle at which the user was holding the phone.  If you’re guessing that the Core Motion Framework was the answer, you’re right. This framework is able to provide us with information that could be used to determine how the user may be holding the device. If you’re interested in doing this in one of your projects, I will describe the process of attaining these values below.

Swift Optionals

01.21.2015 by Stephan Baker

Over the past few years, our development team at Forest Giant has invested a considerable amount of time working with Objective-C. The language has been around for a long time, and we’ve had plenty of time to get nice and comfortable in our ways. When Apple announced the Swift programming language alongside iOS 8, we were excited. We had also done a fair amount of JavaScript development, so the opportunity to leverage a more concise syntax during our iOS development sounded great. So far, we are loving the language, but that doesn’t mean the transition has been without its growing pains. Today we thought it would be a good idea to share some information that helped us to better understand one source of these growing pains – optional variables. Let’s look at some example code. Below, we will initialize a variable before attempting to reassign its value to nil. With Objective-C, we would have no issues doing this. Attempting to do this in Swift, however, will result in a compile-time error.

Goodbye 2014

12.22.2014 by Forest Giant

This year we had the true pleasure of working with some amazing clients and friends. Recently our design team spent time working on a gift as a small token of our appreciation.

A Giant New Space

12.18.2014 by Dave Durand

Often times, we end up where we may least expect. A simple instance in your life can push you to the unexpected. For me, that was Louisville. A place I now call home after a decade. A place that has enabled us to build Forest Giant into an amazing force of talent. We love it here (and guarantee you would too). We have been in our current space for 4 years now. It is beautiful, and soon to be available for those looking. It was even voted as being one of the coolest offices in the city. Over time though, we have grown and will continue to. These jeans are getting a bit tight if you catch my drift.

5Slides iPhone App

11.04.2014 by Forest Giant

We live in a day where we are inundated with information, which is why we created 5Slides,  A simple app to help you articulate your ideas and focus on your delivery. We believe that being brief and to-the-point is the absolute best way to inspire and win people over. Think of 5Slides as a two-minute Keynote presentation, minus the boring bits. Clear and consumable slideshows to inspire deeper conversation.

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