The Robocat Blog

A stream by the iOS developers over @robocat. We build stuff.

We have made weather apps. Now we want to make weather hardware.

We’ve been working tirelessly on a prototype over the past 6 months and we’re pretty excited to finally unveil Thermodo The Tiny Thermometer.

In 2011 we launched Thermo, our tiny pocket thermometer app. With more than 2 million downloads it’s become much bigger than we could have ever hoped for. But sometimes we’d get app store reviews like this one:

  •  ”I checked the temperature in our bathroom and then went to our fireplace and it still said -2 degrees!! It doesn’t work, it’s a waste of time! 1 Star!”

The thermometer analogy we used in Thermo was obviously displaying the outside temperature, as the iPhone can’t possibly measure the immediate temperature around you… But it got us thinking… What if it could? We now want to turn a bad app review into a great new product.

But to make all this happen, we need your help. We have created a kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to build Thermodo. Making Hardware is costly and to get to the next stage of production, we need molds, components and factory time.

If we are to succeed in this quest, we need all the help we can get. Watch the video on kickstarter, choose a pledge, tell your friends and let’s make a great new product! With your help we can do it!

Posted at 12:11pm.

We have made weather apps. Now we want to make weather hardware.
We’ve been working tirelessly on a prototype over the past 6 months and we’re pretty excited to finally unveil Thermodo The Tiny Thermometer.
In 2011 we launched Thermo, our tiny pocket thermometer app. With more than 2 million downloads it’s become much bigger than we could have ever hoped for. But sometimes we’d get app store reviews like this one:
 ”I checked the temperature in our bathroom and then went to our fireplace and it still said -2 degrees!! It doesn’t work, it’s a waste of time! 1 Star!”
The thermometer analogy we used in Thermo was obviously displaying the outside temperature, as the iPhone can’t possibly measure the immediate temperature around you… But it got us thinking… What if it could? We now want to turn a bad app review into a great new product.
But to make all this happen, we need your help. We have created a kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to build Thermodo. Making Hardware is costly and to get to the next stage of production, we need molds, components and factory time.
If we are to succeed in this quest, we need all the help we can get. Watch the video on kickstarter, choose a pledge, tell your friends and let’s make a great new product! With your help we can do it!

Thermo 1.6 just hit the app store and have we got a huge update for you! In this latest installment we’re introducing the Theme Store, where you can buy additional looks for your thermometer. We have wanted to put themes in Thermo for a while. We feel it’s a fun and harmless way to extent Thermo’s visual universe while not fiddling with the core concept of the app; which is checking the temperature. Themes probably won’t be for everybody, but if you’re like us and love to play around, you might want your thermometer to look different from time to time. We even made it so that when you share your temperature, the link generated will show off your current theme - so you can brag about what you’re using. We’ve also introduced a slew of other changes and new languages too! Go grab the update

Posted at 1:11pm.

Thermo 1.6 just hit the app store and have we got a huge update for you! In this latest installment we’re introducing the Theme Store, where you can buy additional looks for your thermometer. We have wanted to put themes in Thermo for a while. We feel it’s a fun and harmless way to extent Thermo’s visual universe while not fiddling with the core concept of the app; which is checking the temperature. Themes probably won’t be for everybody, but if you’re like us and love to play around, you might want your thermometer to look different from time to time. We even made it so that when you share your temperature, the link generated will show off your current theme - so you can brag about what you’re using. We’ve also introduced a slew of other changes and new languages too! Go grab the update. 

Our little thermometer is now available for Android! We have collaborated with our old officemates Greener Pastures on a new, re-imagined version of our popular weather app. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been testing and tweaking this little gem to make it feel right at home on the countless of android devices out there and version 1.0 is finally ready for the masses. Like it’s iOS counterpart, it’s FREE with ads which can be removed for a buck. Check it out!

Posted at 5:53pm.

Our little thermometer is now available for Android! We have collaborated with our old officemates Greener Pastures on a new, re-imagined version of our popular weather app. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been testing and tweaking this little gem to make it feel right at home on the countless of android devices out there and version 1.0 is finally ready for the masses. Like it’s iOS counterpart, it’s FREE with ads which can be removed for a buck. Check it out!

What a day it has been. Today we launched our new darling, Haze - an amazing weather app with fluid animations and an audiovisual interface that is both beautifully simple, yet powerfully addictive.

Franz Bruckhoff approached Robocat 8 months ago with a rough prototype of a new weather app he had been working on. We’ve spend ever since iterating and polishing on the concept, working from the simple phrase ‘weather at a glance’ as a guiding principle. This has gradually turned into a really interesting experiment in spatial, color coded and animated information presentation. 

Yet another weather app you might think? Well it’s no secret that we’ve always been a little infatuated with weather apps, our track record certainly shows that it’s a theme we’ve had a lot of fun with. There’s something beautifully challenging in presenting globally available data in a way that makes sense to the local user. Out of all the utility apps you can make for a smartphone, an app that gives you information about your surroundings is conceptually one of the easiest to understand. I believe that it’s this combination of readily available data, the tangibility of the concept and the intimate relationship we all share with the weather that keeps us coming back to this type of app. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve made plenty of other apps, but there’s certainly something intriguing about building new ways for people to interact and understand the climate.

Haze gives you a radiantly crafted 5 day forecast at a glance. Swipe through and explore weather information related to sunshine, temperature and rain with a polished audiovisual experience. Is it going to be warmer tomorrow? Don’t read it. See it. The beautifully animated background shows you the trend. Use Haze frequently to unlock colorful themes and customize the look.

Haze has already harvested critical acclaim from the tech press and has been featured on Engadget, The Verge, Lifehacker and TUAW.

Head on over to gethaze.com and check out the video. And to all the newcomers brought in by the exposure: Hi, We’re Robocat and we love making products.

Posted at 5:30pm.

What a day it has been. Today we launched our new darling, Haze - an amazing weather app with fluid animations and an audiovisual interface that is both beautifully simple, yet powerfully addictive.
Franz Bruckhoff approached Robocat 8 months ago with a rough prototype of a new weather app he had been working on. We’ve spend ever since iterating and polishing on the concept, working from the simple phrase ‘weather at a glance’ as a guiding principle. This has gradually turned into a really interesting experiment in spatial, color coded and animated information presentation. 
Yet another weather app you might think? Well it’s no secret that we’ve always been a little infatuated with weather apps, our track record certainly shows that it’s a theme we’ve had a lot of fun with. There’s something beautifully challenging in presenting globally available data in a way that makes sense to the local user. Out of all the utility apps you can make for a smartphone, an app that gives you information about your surroundings is conceptually one of the easiest to understand. I believe that it’s this combination of readily available data, the tangibility of the concept and the intimate relationship we all share with the weather that keeps us coming back to this type of app. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve made plenty of other apps, but there’s certainly something intriguing about building new ways for people to interact and understand the climate.
Haze gives you a radiantly crafted 5 day forecast at a glance. Swipe through and explore weather information related to sunshine, temperature and rain with a polished audiovisual experience. Is it going to be warmer tomorrow? Don’t read it. See it. The beautifully animated background shows you the trend. Use Haze frequently to unlock colorful themes and customize the look.
Haze has already harvested critical acclaim from the tech press and has been featured on Engadget, The Verge, Lifehacker and TUAW.
Head on over to gethaze.com and check out the video. And to all the newcomers brought in by the exposure: Hi, We’re Robocat and we love making products.

For the 4th year in a row the Robocat team + Friends attended the Nordic Game Jam. Like last year we pulled through and ended up with a game that we enjoyed tremendously.

On friday it was announced to an eager audience that this years theme would be  ”Grotesque”. After an intense whiteboarding session the team decided on a concept right before midnight and then did something we’ve never done at the Game Jam before: Went home and slept *gasp*. Invigorated we started day 2 with full steam ahead. Another first for this years jam was the choice of platform. This game was going to be developed in … Flash. A grotesque choice in itself, some of our onlookers noted. But in fact, the choice of platform turned out to be an excellent fit for the type of Jam games we like to do.

Looking over the past couple of years of Jams, from Raptor Frenzy to Mein Panzer It’s obvious that we have a love for multiplayer 8bit games, and this year’s game turned out to be yet another wonderful addition to that bloody pixel lineup. During saturday our game ‘Buddy Builder' slowly took form. The combination of Flash, Flixel and a Github repository made iterations swift - it seemed like every time one of the 5 developers pulled the latest build, a new feature had appeared. We had minimal amounts of technical set backs and untrue to form the entire process ended up being one of coming up with the idea and then simply making it work. We didn't backtrack on our original concept once, everything went according to plan.

At around 6 am sunday morning we decided to take a nap. After 3 hours on the floor we went back at it, determined to have a very playable arena style game for the 2 pm deadline. And that we did. Buddy Builder ended up going from an idea on a whiteboard to a fun, fast paced and different multiplayer game in about 48 hours. We presented the game to a room full of Jammers and were 2 votes shy of getting in the finals.

All in all another great year at the Nordic Game Jam. Watch the video of Buddy Builder in action or play it against a friend! We might not have won any awards, but less than 24h after the event, PCgamer.com posted a neat article about the Jam with our game featured prominently, and that is all the award we need.

Lessons learned this year includes:

  • Flash + Flixel is a super powerful Rapid Prototyping setup. All preconceived ideas aside, it works and it works quickly. Another major boon to using flash is that it’s much easier to distribute and have other people play the finished game, rather than say if you did something for Mobile.
  • Actually getting some sleep will work wonders on your productivity
  • We still love 8bit multiplayer games

We’ll be back with more 8bit multiplayer mayhem next year Nordic Game Jam!
 

Posted at 6:09pm.

For the 4th year in a row the Robocat team + Friends attended the Nordic Game Jam. Like last year we pulled through and ended up with a game that we enjoyed tremendously.
On friday it was announced to an eager audience that this years theme would be  ”Grotesque”. After an intense whiteboarding session the team decided on a concept right before midnight and then did something we’ve never done at the Game Jam before: Went home and slept *gasp*. Invigorated we started day 2 with full steam ahead. Another first for this years jam was the choice of platform. This game was going to be developed in … Flash. A grotesque choice in itself, some of our onlookers noted. But in fact, the choice of platform turned out to be an excellent fit for the type of Jam games we like to do.Looking over the past couple of years of Jams, from Raptor Frenzy to Mein Panzer It’s obvious that we have a love for multiplayer 8bit games, and this year’s game turned out to be yet another wonderful addition to that bloody pixel lineup. During saturday our game ‘Buddy Builder' slowly took form. The combination of Flash, Flixel and a Github repository made iterations swift - it seemed like every time one of the 5 developers pulled the latest build, a new feature had appeared. We had minimal amounts of technical set backs and untrue to form the entire process ended up being one of coming up with the idea and then simply making it work. We didn't backtrack on our original concept once, everything went according to plan.At around 6 am sunday morning we decided to take a nap. After 3 hours on the floor we went back at it, determined to have a very playable arena style game for the 2 pm deadline. And that we did. Buddy Builder ended up going from an idea on a whiteboard to a fun, fast paced and different multiplayer game in about 48 hours. We presented the game to a room full of Jammers and were 2 votes shy of getting in the finals.All in all another great year at the Nordic Game Jam. Watch the video of Buddy Builder in action or play it against a friend! We might not have won any awards, but less than 24h after the event, PCgamer.com posted a neat article about the Jam with our game featured prominently, and that is all the award we need.
Lessons learned this year includes:
Flash + Flixel is a super powerful Rapid Prototyping setup. All preconceived ideas aside, it works and it works quickly. Another major boon to using flash is that it’s much easier to distribute and have other people play the finished game, rather than say if you did something for Mobile.
Actually getting some sleep will work wonders on your productivity
We still love 8bit multiplayer games
We’ll be back with more 8bit multiplayer mayhem next year Nordic Game Jam! 

Our little television companion “Televised" got a major update yesterday. In Televised 1.1 we added more than 30.000 TV SHOWS!(!) No spoilers feature and lots more. The entire team uses Televised to track their favorite TV series and we’ve received a lot of input since we launched it - several of these suggestions have now made their way into the app, like “Tap and hold” to mark as watched and countless of local TV shows available on TheTVDB.com. Hope you like this latest update. Show it to a friend or tweet about it and remember to rate and review it on the app store.

Posted at 4:50pm.

Our little television companion “Televised" got a major update yesterday. In Televised 1.1 we added more than 30.000 TV SHOWS!(!) No spoilers feature and lots more. The entire team uses Televised to track their favorite TV series and we’ve received a lot of input since we launched it - several of these suggestions have now made their way into the app, like “Tap and hold” to mark as watched and countless of local TV shows available on TheTVDB.com. Hope you like this latest update. Show it to a friend or tweet about it and remember to rate and review it on the app store.

A new version of 101 Airborne is out, just in time for some christmas gaming!

✔ New drops: Speed boosts, XP power ups and epic cash loot!

✔ New improved controls with auto-fire!

✔ New store options with purchasable goodies and free loot, also access it from more places!

✔ Arcade style health bars in boss fights (you have to try this, it’s awesome)

✔ New Game Center achievements, whaaat!

✔ Balancing should now make the game easier for newcomers and more challenging for veterans

✔ Tons of bug fixes

✔ Game is now less than 50mb so your friends can download it over cellular

Oh and did we mention that it’s FREE for the rest of the year? Get it now! https://itunes.apple.com/app/101-airborne/id531317549?ls=1&mt=8

And to all your iPhone 5 owners, an optimized 4” version is waiting for approval with Apple so you’ll soon be able to enjoy 20% more gorgeous jungle action on your long phone.

Posted at 1:27pm.

A new version of 101 Airborne is out, just in time for some christmas gaming!
✔ New drops: Speed boosts, XP power ups and epic cash loot!
✔ New improved controls with auto-fire!
✔ New store options with purchasable goodies and free loot, also access it from more places!
✔ Arcade style health bars in boss fights (you have to try this, it’s awesome)
✔ New Game Center achievements, whaaat!
✔ Balancing should now make the game easier for newcomers and more challenging for veterans
✔ Tons of bug fixes
✔ Game is now less than 50mb so your friends can download it over cellular
Oh and did we mention that it’s FREE for the rest of the year? Get it now! https://itunes.apple.com/app/101-airborne/id531317549?ls=1&mt=8
And to all your iPhone 5 owners, an optimized 4” version is waiting for approval with Apple so you’ll soon be able to enjoy 20% more gorgeous jungle action on your long phone.

Today we’re unveiling a new product we’ve been working on at Robocat, it’s called Televised! 

Televised makes it easy to keep track of your favorite TV shows. We’re all big TV addicts and faithfully follow a wide range of TV series each week (and loudly argue which one is best), but keeping track of multiple series can be a chore. We felt that we could create an app that could augment the television watching experience and so Televised was conceived.

Get a clean overview of your week in TV. Add your favorite TV shows and get airtime*, notifications & episode summaries. Mark episodes as watched and track and share your weekly progress.

* Televised tracks the official airtime of the network that is airing that series and automatically translates it to your timezone. It does not cover local scheduling or reruns but follow the international release schedule of TV shows.

Visit the site ☛ televisedapp.com

Direct iTunes link ♫ itun.es/i6D42FP

Let us know what you think on twitter and remember to rate and review Televised.

Posted at 2:05pm.

Today we’re unveiling a new product we’ve been working on at Robocat, it’s called Televised! 
Televised makes it easy to keep track of your favorite TV shows. We’re all big TV addicts and faithfully follow a wide range of TV series each week (and loudly argue which one is best), but keeping track of multiple series can be a chore. We felt that we could create an app that could augment the television watching experience and so Televised was conceived.
Get a clean overview of your week in TV. Add your favorite TV shows and get airtime*, notifications & episode summaries. Mark episodes as watched and track and share your weekly progress.
* Televised tracks the official airtime of the network that is airing that series and automatically translates it to your timezone. It does not cover local scheduling or reruns but follow the international release schedule of TV shows.
Visit the site ☛ televisedapp.com
Direct iTunes link ♫ itun.es/i6D42FP
Let us know what you think on twitter and remember to rate and review Televised.

Our little thermometer just got it’s biggest update yet!

This product has really evolved from a tiny project started on dribbble to an app that’s been downloaded more than 1.2 Million Times! With a userbase like that we’re committed to making this a fun and worthwhile app for your simplistic weather needs.

In Thermo 1.5 we’ve practically rebuild the app and introduced a slew of awesome things, like:

✔ iPhone 5 support, now 20% longer Thermometers! 

✔ iCloud Support for Thermo History, all your temperature readings on all your devices! 

✔ iOS 6 compatibility brings new share options, share your temperature on Facebook! 

✔ Fancy graphics for Retina iPad 

✔ New UI polish brings richer thermometers and a new app icon 

✔ New and improved sounds! 

✔ Simplified Chinese language added 

✔ It’s now easier to restore purchases 

✔ Bugfixes and performance enhancements, Thermo is now faster than ever before

Hope you enjoy the update! Remember to ★ rate and review it on the app store, we’ve got a cool roadmap for Thermo, so stay tuned!

Posted at 1:45pm.

Our little thermometer just got it’s biggest update yet!
This product has really evolved from a tiny project started on dribbble to an app that’s been downloaded more than 1.2 Million Times! With a userbase like that we’re committed to making this a fun and worthwhile app for your simplistic weather needs.In Thermo 1.5 we’ve practically rebuild the app and introduced a slew of awesome things, like:

✔ iPhone 5 support, now 20% longer Thermometers! 
✔ iCloud Support for Thermo History, all your temperature readings on all your devices! 
✔ iOS 6 compatibility brings new share options, share your temperature on Facebook! 
✔ Fancy graphics for Retina iPad 
✔ New UI polish brings richer thermometers and a new app icon 
✔ New and improved sounds! 
✔ Simplified Chinese language added 
✔ It’s now easier to restore purchases 
✔ Bugfixes and performance enhancements, Thermo is now faster than ever before

Hope you enjoy the update! Remember to ★ rate and review it on the app store, we’ve got a cool roadmap for Thermo, so stay tuned!

Today we’re proud to release an homage to classic retro top-scrolling games, reinvented for the iPhone. We’ve worked hard to bring you an action-packed and stunningly designed game that will strap you in a Huey Helicopter and immerse you in a rich 3D world. 101 Airborne is set in the 1960ies where you start out as an inexperienced private in the Vietnam War. Rock’n Roll your Huey helicopter through hot misty jungles and dusty villages, while your military rank rises to prove your valor. Between missions you can spend your hard earned dollars in the Hangar on bigger guns, monstrous missiles, pinup-girls and helpful gadgets.

We partnered up with BLINDesign in the beginning of 2012 and have been working late nights with them since, trying to bring this concept to life on the iPhone. Now, 8 months later, the entire 10-man team is proud to finally exhale and present this jewel of collaboration. It’s been a long ride, through our own misty jungles and now finally we get to share it with you.

Check out the video trailer over at play101airborne.com or grab it directly from the App Store

Posted at 3:13pm.

Today we’re proud to release an homage to classic retro top-scrolling games, reinvented for the iPhone. We’ve worked hard to bring you an action-packed and stunningly designed game that will strap you in a Huey Helicopter and immerse you in a rich 3D world. 101 Airborne is set in the 1960ies where you start out as an inexperienced private in the Vietnam War. Rock’n Roll your Huey helicopter through hot misty jungles and dusty villages, while your military rank rises to prove your valor. Between missions you can spend your hard earned dollars in the Hangar on bigger guns, monstrous missiles, pinup-girls and helpful gadgets.
We partnered up with BLINDesign in the beginning of 2012 and have been working late nights with them since, trying to bring this concept to life on the iPhone. Now, 8 months later, the entire 10-man team is proud to finally exhale and present this jewel of collaboration. It’s been a long ride, through our own misty jungles and now finally we get to share it with you.Check out the video trailer over at play101airborne.com or grab it directly from the App Store