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.”