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Capsule.ai

Remember everywhere you've been

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Colas Kerkhove
Maker
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Colas Kerkhove
Maker
Hey everyone, This is Capsule the app that helps you remember everywhere. Capsule is an AI powered iOS app that helps track your movements through the city and connects the photos you take to the places you've been. Check Capsule for the name of that dive bar you hit last Friday night, or to find photos you took at the basketball game on the weekend. The app also keeps a weekly digest quantifying your week looking at metrics like the average time you leave the office to the number of places you visited in the evening. https://vimeo.com/193435421
Cem Kozinoglu
@colaskirschoff hey Colas, this looks awesome. Love what you guys are doing with Snips as well! Quick question, will Capsule be running in background and that will add up to my weekly digest? Or I have to take pictures of whatever I am up to for Capsule to aggregate data?
Colas Kerkhove
Maker
@cemkozinoglu Thx for the kind words :) No need to take pictures every now and then, the moments will be recorded even if you do not open the app every day. Yes the app will run in the background but has amazingly low battery footprint. Note that the more you help the app know which places you were at, the more your weekly digest will be relevant.
saarim zaman
@colaskirschoff is this just like swarm minus social?
Colas Kerkhove
Maker
@poolnoodle93 You're not the first person to make this comparison, @rrhoover also compared our product to Swarm but there are a couple major differentiators: - We don't record or see any user data, Capsule is Private by Design - We use your knowledge graph (contacts, email, calendar) to bring more clarity to your location and enhance results - We use passive tracking: we do not require the user to say that he stopped somewhere at some point. - We also show a weekly digest for the quantified self/bullet journal fans out there! We would love for you to check it out and hear what you think!
Stephen Callender
@colaskirschoff Very cool! But oy, that's a lot of App Store competition for 'capsule.' Isn't that annoying? Anyway, I just got it and am looking forward to seeing it after a week's worth of activity!
Stephen Callender
@colaskirschoff Found a typo. The empty screen used under Weekly Digest: It says, "Their isn't enough data to build your weekend digest." Their should be There. :-)
Hadi Farnoud
@colaskirschoff where is the AI part? people tend to call everything AI these days
Colas Kerkhove
Maker
@hadifarnoud the model that is responsible for associating places to stops uses machine learning. It learnt not too associate too much at the beginning and will improve itself the more you edit the places
Colas Kerkhove
Maker
@sbcallender my bad, will update the wording, thx for noticing ! As for the competition, again we have major differences that we aim to leverage ;)
Bo Wang
@colaskirschoff Android app pls?
Colas Kerkhove
Maker
@bluemonk482 this is our first shot, only iOS for now, but if people like it why not !
Stephen Callender
@colaskirschoff Sure! I'm sorry, I didn't mean that type of competition. I meant that the name "Capsule" is used quite a bit. As far as I know, your concept is rather unique. Just named some of my locations and set my home and work places this morning. :-)
Brett Goldstein
@colaskirschoff what is the song in the background of the video?? so cool
Colas Kerkhove
Maker
@thatguybg Henri Texier - Les "Là-bas": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQTvOrGzzo0
Nick Braver
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Google Maps Timeline. I already have my entire history there starting fro 2012 - and its more accurate with locations and attaching photos from Google Photos to my locations. It even gives me trip history and allows me to download/delete all of my data at any point. @colaskirschoff How is your team looking to make Capsule different?
Colas Kerkhove
Maker
@nbraver One major difference is the Privacy by Design. Everything runs on device. Also we want to go further than just showing where you go every day, in particular we started implementing what we call a weekly digest, and there is more to come. If privacy is not an issue for you, true that Google Maps Timeline on Android is very accurate. It's less true on the iPhone though :)
Nick Braver
@colaskirschoff I have an iPhone and can confirm that the accuracy is not as great as on Android. Also, Google Maps Timeline does not have an app for iOS. So you have the upper hand there, and because of that I will be using Capsule. I'll post an update later with my thoughts after using Capsule for a while. Great looking application, wish you the best of luck :)
Colas Kerkhove
Maker
@nbraver Great ! Happy to answer your feedback anytime soon :)
Steve Moser
@colaskirschoff Cool app! How does the AI part of it work? Does it recommend places based on your previous location?
Florian De Sa
Good job! simple & efficient design. Just tried it a bit, but seems a good way to remember great moments alcohol is trying to make me forget. Just a question where are the servers where my data is stored ?
Colas Kerkhove
Maker
Hey there @flo2sa, thanks for asking! The creators of Capsule put privacy before everything else. The app is Private by Design which means than none of your user data ever leaves your device. You data is yours and yours alone, nothing reaches a server and all your secrets stay in your phone! 🍋
Stephen Robinson
@colas_kirschoff @flo2sa What happens when we get a new phone?
Colas Kerkhove
Maker
@xstex @flo2sa As long as you back up your data, you should be able to get everything back on the new phone, the same way you get your texts, photos, music back. Back up old phone, get a new phone, you'll restore a backed-up info, continue filling your Capsule. :)
[deleted user]
@colaskirschoff How does the "back up your data" part work? I'm guessing you mean do an iOS backup and restore onto the new phone? I assume deleting the app deletes the data. Perhaps iCloud would be an option for secure data storage.
Colas Kerkhove
Maker
@jameskoole you’re totally right. IOS backup and restore on a new phone. If you’re not backed up, then deleting the app deletes the data. Exactly. As far as iCloud goes, part of really sticking up for privacy by design (something that REALLY MATTERS to us!) is creating projects that do not require iCloud storage. So, if you do not connect iCloud (like me) and rather back up to your laptop, nothing goes to the cloud. PBD! (privacy by design)
Maxim Price
@colas_kirschoff @flo2sa Glad you addressed this, now I very much want the app.
Johnny Quach
@colas_kirschoff @flo2sa so does that mean the data bloats the app size?
Colas Kerkhove
Maker
@maxim_price @ @flo2sa Great ! Happy to hear some feedback at some point :)
Colas Kerkhove
Maker
@johnnyquachy We manage the growth of data in a unique way that won't slow down performance or bloat the app, no need to worry!
Gio Logist
@colaskirschoff @jameskoole I wouldn't mind possibly seeing an export feature? Maybe generating a csv? Not sure how that'd work on iOS without touching a server, but I can see some value in being able to export / import accounts. Device switching without restoring an entire backup being one of 'em. Great job btw guys!
Colas Kerkhove
Maker
@giologist @jameskoole Generating a csv that will allow you to explore your data is not an issue. Doing it the other way around is a bit more complex, but it's worth investigating it. Thx for the feedback !
David Léonard
@colaskirschoff @giologist @jameskoole why not creating an import feature as well and with the export/import features newly added you can propose backup/restore feature directly in the app.
Gio Logist
@david_senate @colaskirschoff @jameskoole Bingo! Just had another idea as well, for exporting / possibly... converting a day into a video? Idk let me try and think aloud for a sec. So right now what I'm do with SnapChat is using the stories to create almost a "diary" for my day. Sure, it's cool that people can see it / not even necessary / relevant for them at times. I just like the idea of saving that day's story and being able to reflect on it at some point. I can actually see Capsule providing this same value and in an even better way. Am I making any sense or rambling as always?
Quentin Zibra
Maker
@giologist @david_senate @colaskirschoff @jameskoole Hey man! we are actually working on generating a content with all that data clustered that you can look back at or share. It will be motion (we want to explore the possibilities of live photos) but not limited only to a day, we want to see a week or a year... What about your year in 365 seconds?
David Léonard
@quentin_zibra @giologist @colaskirschoff @jameskoole, sounds great to me: I like the idea of motion (movie, gif or Live Photos). Do you consider offer the possibility to share your knowledge graph with your friends if they are in bluetooth proximity ? Sort of social dimension only if they are at home (the could add notes to your events by example)
Quentin Zibra
Maker
@david_senate @giologist @colaskirschoff @jameskoole Yes we would like to give the possibility to share moments of your timeline in real-time when friends are in the same place. Giving as well the opportunity to share/edit privately the pics and data collected by the people who share this moment. But as you might guess our backlog is huge we now need to prioritize it :) Thanks again!
Manny Orduña
Looks cool, going to give it a go. I currently use https://www.polarsteps.com and its incredible. It tracks movements without actually using data so its perfect for travelling and recommended it to everyone I met when I was in Asia a few weeks ago. This looks like a more "local" version of Polar Steps
Jonathan Widawski
Very cool app and landing! I have a couple of questions regarding the product: - How does it compare to the native iOS photo grouping (time and location)? Are you planning on adding facebook & instagram connect to gather more pictures? - I figured you were the team behind Snips! Is this project one of many coming up demonstrating the power of the AI you're building? Some kind of B2C proof of concept? Also, can we expect more micro services as this one coming up from your studio? Cheers from Paris, and congrats on the launch
Colas Kerkhove
Maker
Thanks for asking @widawskij :) Of course it'd be great to add FB and Insta connect ! As for the comparison with iOS, we're aggregating pictures around places (bars, restaurants, gym, home, work, etc..), and cross many other different sources (such as your calendar, address book, reservations, ...), enabling you to add notes and moods on these specific moments (like a concert or a birthday) where Apple focuses on aggregating pictures on larger areas (cities / countries) to classify them. Oh, and good catch, I'm indeed part of the Snips team. But this product is not related to what we're working on right now. So you should not expect more micro services like this one, you should rather see it a side project from a Snipster who wanted to build a cool product :) BTW, another major differentiator: we're private by design.
Clément Delangue
Good job guys!
Quentin Zibra
Maker
@clement_delangue thank you! We would love to hear what you think of it!
Victor Mustar
Looks cool and simple with a fresh design :) I'm downloading it!
Quentin Zibra
Maker
@victormustar thanks a lot! I will be very interested by your feedback!
BurritoPhone34
@victormustar Cant get fresher than a lemon as your logo.
Efosa S Omorogbe
Super product
Quentin Zibra
Maker
@formless_fos Thanks mate :) if you have any feedback on the design I'd love to hear it
Efosa S Omorogbe
@quentin_zibra It has this nice soft feeling to it and the onboarding is really informative, reassuring you along each step. The idea is pretty simple yet executed in a beautiful way
Quentin Zibra
Maker
@formless_fos thanks a lot! We aim to keep it as simple as possible
Nicolas FALLOURD
Nice
Quentin Zibra
Maker
@nicolasfallourd merci 😉 🍋
Charles de Dreuille
Fantastic work guys ! Keep the good work.
Quentin Zibra
Maker
@charles_de_dreuille Thanks a lot brother! 🎉 Hope you'll find it usefull
Johnny Quach
Lovely, been wanting something like that. I'm one of the few (it seems) that doesn't mind their privacy invaded for the sake of having great memories when I'm older. Is there a way to add places I've been to before I started using the app? Via facebook places check import? Foursquare checkin import? etc?
Colas Kerkhove
Maker
@johnnyquachy Thanks for the kind words! At the moment there is no way to add places you've been to in the past, but we're working on a solution in a future version !
Pierre-Marie Galite
Why did you call it Capsule? Is is for "Capsule temporelle ?" Cheers from Paris too o/
Colas Kerkhove
Maker
@tsunaze Yes, exactly! We were inspired by digging childhood time capsules and wanted to build a product that helped us remember all the amazing places we've been and the photos we took while we were on those adventures!
Nagarjun Palavalli
Android?
Quentin Zibra
Maker
@palavalli Hey ;) this is our first shot, so we aim for one platform... But if people like it, the next step will definitely be the android version! 🤖 cheers!
Kevin Renfrow
@quentin_zibra @palavalli I'm also very interested in an Android version. Do you have a mailing list we can sign up to get notifications if you decide to pursue an Android app?
Colas Kerkhove
Maker
@renfrowk @quentin_zibra @palavalli Do not worry we will contact you when we do the android version :)
Daniel Stahl
I love it!
Quentin Zibra
Maker
@littlejazzhands Thank you very much! 🙏 We would love to read some usage feedback!
Desmond
👍 for the security measures. Thank you.
Quentin Zibra
Maker
@desmonddantzler Thanks mate! Privacy by Design is the core of our process, we believe that apps should empower people keeping their data safe.
Tyson Bowman
I love this app
Colas Kerkhove
Maker
@tysonmbowman hope you'll love it more and more ;)
Quentin Zibra
Maker
@tysonmbowman Thank you a lot!
Scott Entwistle
hey @colaskirschoff cool concept! Software looks really nice, and I dig the name. I also just recently started exploring Esplorio which does the same thing. One thing I noticed there, and with your app as well, is the erroneous business names that are assigned whenever the app thinks you're near something. For example, around my home apparently there is a chiropractor listed nearby and it says I'm there taking pictures a lot. I see you do have the "Home" setting which I assume would fix those, but the same thing happens when I'm out and about. For example, I took a picture with my wife a few weeks ago down in Maryland at a friends house, and Capsule said we were at "Rou Marketing" - I know this is a difficult solution to fix, but do you have any plans to address that? It kind of takes the magic away, and makes the process feel more manual to have to fix things.
Colas Kerkhove
Maker
@scawtent Happy that you like the concept ! About the fact that we associate Points of Interests to your locations, it’s true that it’s not always easy to do that. However there is a workaround to that: you can edit the places associated to your moments. And the more you do that, the more the app will learn from your behaviours and get the correct place. Also we’re crossing more and more sources, such as your address book, your calendar events, your pasteboard, reservations, et… to find hints that would help us find the right place.
Mad
Great app ! Cool design and truly useful
Colas Kerkhove
Maker
@madish happy to hear that!
Joe Barbour
This looks really cool guys, the only problem is it keeps crashing for me! 😥
Colas Kerkhove
Maker
@thebarbican19 thanks for this feedback, which iPhone do you have ?
Joe Barbour
@colaskirschoff iPhone 6, it's running a beta version of iOS 10. It crashes when analysing photos.
Colas Kerkhove
Maker
@thebarbican19 ok we might need to test this on a beta iOS 10, thanks for telling us
Hussein Yahfoufi
Looks really cool, any plans for adding trip details for commuting, expense reporting, that kind of stuff?
Colas Kerkhove
Maker
@husseinyahfoufi lovely ideas, some can be done quickly, some take time. Keep an eye on the product, we aim to add features soon :)
Hussein Yahfoufi
@colaskirschoff prioritizing the backlog for this product is probably a beast of a task! I've been playing with the app for 10 minutes and can come up with a list of 50 ideas.. good luck! looks great!!
Colas Kerkhove
Maker
@husseinyahfoufi ahah indeed it's a hell of a task, thanks for your support !
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