TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF takes place September 12-14 and a number of new technologies are being introduced for the first time. This is the second part of Elearning! Magazine’s special three-part series covering product introductions at the event in San Francisco. Read Parts 1 and 2.
Spincle is bringing the capability to capture and stream virtual reality content through mobile devices. Launched at TechCrunch SF’s Startup Battlefield, on the surface, it appears to be a social panorama app but it is more than that in it is launching a pair of formats that can be used to capture imagery with an iPhone camera. Spincle uses a photo/video amalgam that turns certain aspects of the panorama into a video and keeps the rest a static image based on how you capture the scene, allowing users to focus on certain areas and the viewer a clear target of the subject matter. The files are exported as .mp4 files but the company says that these 4K photo/video files are 20 times smaller than normal video files due to the company’s formatting techniques meaning they’re easier to share on social media and will actually loop like gifs on Facebook.
Giftbit, a company that operates a digital gift card marketplace for online retailers, launched a new product at TechCrunch Disrupt SF that allows merchants the ability to create their own custom currency — meaning gift cards, promo codes and refund credits — without having to build their own, internal systems. The service drops into the checkout flow on the retailer’s website and allows administrators the capability to create promotion codes instantly. Giftbit is an alternative option to hard gift cards that historically worked more closely with brick-and-mortar stores.
Giftbit can power promotional codes, refund credits the customer service team needs to issue or even sales of the company’s own digital gift cards on its site. Stores also have the option to customize everything with their own logo and branding, access analytics, and will soon be able to integrate with Salesforce and other business tools.