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AppSeed Turns Your Sketches into App Prototypes

It’s one thing to sketch out an idea for an app, but turning it into a working digital design is another story.

AppSeed makes that entire process much more seamless. Take a photo of your drawing — making sure to capture the image within the app’s specific markers — and let computer vision do the rest. The app turns your sketched-out features into user interface (UI) elements such as a map or street view and even input text.

This eliminates any extra steps, such as coding. When you designate one section as input data, for example, AppSeed brings up the keyboard function on your phone. According to the project’s Kickstarter page, it has already surpassed its goal of $30,000 Canadian dollars.

The app uses the OpenCV library, an open source database that houses more than 2,000 algorithms. Co-founder Greg Goralski learned how to use the library “from scratch” and primarily uses match template and find contour, both of which help the app identify individual elements in sketches. So far, the app can handle a number of details within the sketches.

It doesn’t automatically produce a finished app, but it does help streamline the process of testing out ideas. Rather, AppSeed is intended to give users a sense of the final product.

“The goal of this app is to speed up that initial brainstorming and testing phase at the very beginning of the project,” Goralski told Mashable. “It helps with that initial part where the idea of the details of the project aren’t set in stone but you know exactly what you want to go and build. Then you want to go through a development process to make it complete.”

via Mashable.

Kickstarting: AppSeed Turns Your Sketches Into Apps

THROUGH THE MAGIC OF COMPUTER VISION, THIS IPHONE TOOLKIT SOLVES THE DIGITAL DISCONNECT BETWEEN SKETCHING AN APP AND TURNING IT INTO A WORKING PROTOTYPE.

Digitizing an idea into an app can be a tricky, technically complicated process, but a new toolkit called AppSeed aims to change all of that, bringing your sketches to life by turning drawings into functional apps.

Created by Adam Leon and Greg Goralski, AppSeed was born out of a frustration. While traditional pen-and-paper brainstorming process is a fluid and dynamic way to sketch out an app, there’s no equally fluid way to make a functional prototype. “Sketching is simply the fastest way to test ideas and visually brainstorm, but even so, it’s difficult to get a sense of the app experience,” Goralski tells Co.Design. “What’s missing from a sketch is a sense of context and behavior.”

via Co.Design | business + design.