We are Chubby Apps, and we make software that doesn’t need an instruction manual. With cute design and that improves people’s lives.
We may not have been born with a tablet under our arms like children today, but we’ve been messing around with technology for as long as we can remember. And we’ve realized that what is very simple for us, it’s really difficult for other people (like our parents and even many friends). Technology has to be simple and help us improve our lives. It shouldn’t catch us in an infinite doomscrolling that depresses us more and more.
We want to change the conversation around technology. From the bad things to good ones. From children hooked on their tablets, to those who learn by themselves to do anything they can imagine. From apps that collect all your data to sell it to the highest bidder, to apps that respect your privacy.
Because if there is something that we (Patricia Bedoya and I, Asier G. Morato) are clear about it’s that technology is wonderful. Thanks to it, we can create a small company in a city like Vitoria-Gasteiz in the north of Spain and reach the whole world.
Launching a project like this in the midst of a global pandemic hasn’t been easy. Luckily, we have the support of such wonderful people as BIC Araba, the Cámara de Álava or Metxa among others who have helped us since we started this project almost two years ago.
Today, April 6, we can finally introduce you to Chubby Apps.
At Chubby Apps we believe that technology doesn’t have to be complicated. That’s why we make apps that don’t need an instruction manual. With a cute and totally accessible design. That respect your privacy because the only thing we want to know about you is if you like our apps. All this to achieve a single objective: improve people’s lives.
Here is a sample.
If facial masks, social distance and the mobility restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic are unbearable for us to imagine the life of jabs, controls, and limits that people with diabetes have.
Asier, our co-founder, knows this perfectly well and that’s why we are developing Cori. An app that helps you see beyond your day-to-day life and encourages you to keep improving. Intuitively and respecting your privacy. The app will hit the market at the end of the year and will be available on Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
Where is the toilet? Can I book the room? How do I get to my class? These are some of the questions that many customers and visitors ask themselves when they enter a big indoor space. And it’s normal if we consider how much they’ve grown and the number of services they’ve added in recent years.
80% of the population admit that they get lost in new or little-known spaces. We are talking about many people who have problems to carry out everyday tasks such as shopping, moving around their workplace, reaching the doctor’s office or enjoying an exhibition. All because of the difficulties encountered when it comes to orienting themselves or locating the products and points of interest they’re looking for.
UBIQ is an app that improves the experience of your customers and visitors. It allows you to discover and interact with all the services and points of interest in large indoor spaces such as museums, hospitals, universities or sports centres, among others. Make a reservation, identify the visitor, report an incident … All from the customer’s phone and scanning a QR code. In addition, it significantly improves the accessibility of indoor spaces for people with low vision, orientation, cognitive problems or others.
About a year ago, when we were still hanging around the idea of Chubby Apps, we decided to leave everything aside and develop SafeTimer. A totally altruistic and open-source app with which we wanted to help overcome the pandemic of the COVID-19.
A couple of weeks into lockdown it was clear that face masks (along with social distance and hand-washing) were one of the best ways to prevent the spread of the virus. It’s not only important to use them, but also wear them correctly and only the for time which they’ve been designed. That’s when the idea of SafeTimer was born.
Three weeks later it was already published on the App Store, and its code published on GitHub so that anyone could help us improve it. The reception was spectacular: it was translated to 7 languages and blogs like MacStories or Applesfera wrote about it.