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Getting Creative With DIY Technology

In a matter of months, the Coronavirus had drastically altered how people around the world work and live. The response to the virus has been unprecedented with schools and businesses closing, as well as vast swaths of the population working from home for the foreseeable future. Right now, we don’t know what will happen.  However, we can look to small silver linings that center around human ingenuity. Humans adapt. We make the most of bad situations. We find ways to thrive, even when the odds are stacked against us. In the age of COVID-19, IT departments have once again stepped up to help teams stay productive. Team members are learning new ways to stay connected while working remotely.  But what can individuals do? What if there isn’t a solution for the work or life project you need to tackle?  No-code development platforms have long challenged the status quo set by one-size-fits-all software and applications. And now, as everyone figures out a new normal, no-code technology is uniquely poised to rise to the occasion. Non-technical people can build highly specific technology solutions that adapt to new challenges around work and play. The following list of free AppSheet sample apps will help spur your creativity as you come up with new ways to stay productive, happy, and connected. Or start with your own data to create unique applications. In the meantime, the AppSheet team wishes you health and safety. Take care! Education and homeschooling apps Assignment management app Activity schedule app Class assignment app How-to instructional app Work from home apps Project management app Sales and lead tracking app Contact manager app Quote calculator Timesheet app Webinar app Leave a comment to let us know what you’re building.

Data Still Being Gathered from the Apollo 11 Lunar Mission

Fifty years after the Apollo 11 crew of Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin successfully landed the lunar module on the moon with the help from over 400,000 people around the world, experiments left on the surface by the crew are still helping collect valuable data for researchers back on earth. In addition to numerous photographs taken and equipment installed, a two-foot wide panel called the 'Lunar Ranging Retro Reflector' (LRRR) was placed on the surface about 100 feet from the lunar lander, and precisely angled back towards earth by Neil Armstrong. test Search for 'LRRR' to find the reflector location. (View 'Details' to see how this embedded app was made) The reflector consists of what are known as 'corner-cube' reflectors that always reflect light back towards the original source (instead of scattering the light in other directions like a mirror or other surface). This makes it possible for earth-based observatories, like the McDonald Observatory in Texas, to shoot high-powered lasers towards the Apollo 11 site and directly receive the returned signal for measuring precise distances between the two sensors. The distance measurements have been collected and used for decades for, among many things, precisely determining the moon's distance from earth to within a few centimeters, testing Einstein's theory of gravity, theory of relativity, and confirming Newton's gravitational constant. Business applications don't frequently rely on gravitational measurements, but many scenarios benefit from accurate environmental, weather, remote-sensing and GIS data, especially when managing data in the field. NASA's Data Portal is one of many growing, public data catalogs that are easily accessible for augmenting business data. The app embedded above relies on a single, simple table of images hosted by NASA, with locations plotted on a custom map layer (a map of the 'Tranquility Base'). To learn more about making your own custom maps, image galleries, and turning data into applications without writing any code, start building with AppSheet today.  

5 Apps to Keep You Cool for the Summer

Happy first day of summer! It's the time of year when things are changing, whether that be the weather, the fact that school's out, your current lease ending, or a highly anticipated vacation on the horizon. With all of the activities to plan in the coming months, it's time to get organized. We've put together a list of apps from our sample gallery to help you plan for your jam-packed summer. Copy, customize and make them your own.  Move in/Move Out Checklist The summer is peak moving time. People are planning big and small moves within the next few months to align with the rest of their schedules. Some have just graduated, landed a new job and are on their way to a new city. Regardless of what the situation is, there is a ton to coordinate during a move. Property managers can go paperless and use a custom app to keep all of the pieces in one, convenient place.    Extracurricular Activities Schedule This app is perfect for coordinating your activities throughout the summer. Add events with a date and time attached and even attach a photo for further details. Also add and view notes attached to each date. This is also a great app to use if you have kids that are currently out of school for the summer and attending summer camp or participating in other activities over the next few months.    Vacation Request Form Another particularly handy app for this time of year as many people plan and pack up for summer vacations. Using this custom app, employees are able to request time off easily and HR is able to approve or deny it. When an employee requests time off, HR will receive an automated email with the information. Once HR approves or denies, another automated email is generated that goes to the employee's email. Make sure to get ahead with the logistics so you can focus on planning your fabulous getaway.     Trip Planner App Now that you've used an app to request your days off, create another app to plan your exciting excursion. Our National Park sample app displays several locations within the US. Users can mark each location as visited, add photos, and edit the description to include personalized notes. The app also includes contact information for each park and links to Wikipedia for detailed descriptions of each location. This app format is the perfect companion for your summer getaway.    Tourist Attraction App As summer ramps up, so does tourism in various parts of the country and world. Be sure to display your attraction in an appealing, user-friendly manner. Our sample app allows users view attractions by category, use the map to locate each venue, and contact the tourism board to give comments and upload photos of their experience. Customize the apps per your needs and see the influx of new visitors that start to arrive.   

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