Happy New Year! Happy New Website?

There’s a saying that hangs around small business circles.  From memory, it’s something like “a plumber’s pipes are always leaking” or something to that effect.  And it’s meant to signify that one was so busy, that the service they are providing and are getting paid for, has not been used for their own purposes.  Generally, this is seen as a sign of a business going well, but it’s just as easily presumed that it’s because, a) they’re not getting paid for it, or b) they’re just too lazy.

Now being a company that can do, and have done, websites, you’d think our website would be pretty special.  Well, it wasn’t, and it still isn’t, but we’re slowly getting there and it’s much better now than it was before.

Unfortunately, it took us a while to realise that people were actually checking us out online (rookie mistake) and the website at the time, was not representing us in the best light and was most likely costing us work and it had to change.

So, if you have a spare minute or two, please check it out. www.kasa.digital It’s still a work in progress, and yup there are some things not working, and other things missing, and we haven’t even included some of the cooler projects we’ve done, but we think it’s a step in the right direction, and for now, its paints us in a better picture.

I’m hoping we get some time to finish it off soon, cause I know the team are gonna flame me for even posting up about our half-finished website.  But you know, there’s a lot of work to be done, and some cool things to build, and there are deadlines approaching, and technology that just cant wait. You know the saying, “a plumber’s pipes are always leaking….”

PS: I hope all of you reading this had safe and happy end of year celebrations, however you chose to celebrate it.

The time we won some things

I have a love hate relationship with social media.  I love looking at the cooler content that pops up (cars, video games, sneakers, doggos) but I hate some of the more cryptic, braggadocious and self-centred stuff.  I generally consume more than post, and so any “wins” and “good news” I might have, I’m more likely keep to myself and I find it better this way.

But I’m guessing for a business, you kinda wanna tell everyone the good news when it comes in, so here goes.

About 3 years ago we were lucky enough to be included in a project with Moreland City Council called Virtual Moreland.  It was government grant funded under the Smart Cities Grant (yay!) and it involved virtualising the Moreland council suburbs so that immersive technologies (VR and AR) can be used for council planning observations and community engagement, for new and proposed projects and developments. We handled the VR side of things.

We successfully delivered the platform and its still in use to this day, undergoing numerous tweaks and changes to improve the experience and to add some tools and functionality to make it more……functional?  😊

Being quite chuffed with our work, we submitted it to Epic Games to see if they thought it was cool enough for an Epic Mega Grant.

And surprisingly they did!!!

So as a result, we received a very welcome donation that we’ve put towards building out Virtual Moreland (now known as KASA Plan) to allow other councils to easily use this technology in their municipalities.

If you wanna know a little more about KASA Plan and what it’s all about, here’s a video we submitted to Epic Games.  It’s a little cringy, but hey, you can’t argue with the result.

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Identity Crisis

Cue, typical business networking event with a bunch of strangers, all awkwardly looking into their drinks and scanning the room for the least threatening face to strike up idle conversation with.

“So, what do you do?”

“Me?  Oh, I run a VR studio.”

I’m then confronted with either, “wow, that’s cool!” and then me and the no longer stranger can geek out about how cool the tech is.  Or more likely the case, “oh, what’s that?”  To which I slowly commence to fill my lungs with more air than usual, for a reply I’m hoping they’ll understand and comprehend, in a way that I’m praying won’t offend their intelligence, which almost always includes a reference to the movie The Matrix.

Due to COVID, I haven’t been to too many of these things this year, but when they start back up soon, I don’t know how I’ll answer that question.

Why?  Well, some of our more recent work have included:

  • Interactive 3D content for websites for real estate, apparel, and defence.
  • Interactive touchscreen masterplans for land sales offices.
  • Animated fly through videos for new council projects.
  • A large scale, real-time visualisation project for a government infrastructure body.
  • An awesome interactive touchscreen travel map for a tourism operator
  • A super trick location based Augmented Reality experience using machine learning.
  • A funky new tool for local councils called KASA Plan (this one actually has VR, lol)
  • A frustratingly complex online calculator for windows of all things!

So, do we still do VR things?  Yup!  Do we do a whole lot more than just VR things?  Yup!  So what should I say we are when the question is asked?

A digital solutions studio?  Sounds a little too techy.

A creative solutions studio?  Doesn’t sound techy enough.

A creative digital solutions studio?  It’s a bit wordy, but it might do for now.

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Hello world, this is KASA. Sup?

Well, it’s been a little over 4 years since we came to be, and this is our first blog post.  Some might say that “it’s not good enough” and “lazy” while others might say “we’ve been too busy” and “don’t have enough time”.  Truth of the matter is, it’s a little bit of both.

The path for KASA from then to now has been full of twist and turns, ups and downs, rocky roads and butter smooth straights, but thankfully no dead ends.  We did see the “road closed ahead” sign a bunch of times but through masterful and strategic planning, (but more realistically) acts of desperation and through sheer absolute luck, we’ve managed to stay in the game, and we learned more than we could ever have hoped for.

In the quest to extend our period of “absolute luck” we’ve decided to start a blog (how original) and to revive our social platforms (yes, I know we should’ve been more on it) because 1, we genuinely have some exciting and fun news to share, 2, we’ve met and worked with some absolute rock stars and would love the world to know about them, and 3, we have a crazy, passionate, tight knit team, which I (as one of the co-founders) want to grow.  But to grow, we need more projects, and to get more projects, people need to know about us and what we do, so here we are.

Because what we started off doing, and what we told people we did, has changed radically. 

So, I’d love if you checked in occasionally.  Maybe told some of your friends and co-workers what we do, because we do some really (really) cool stuff.  Not just VR and AR, but also MR, and web stuff, and app things, and animation, and large-scale interactive games and we have big government experience to boot, seriously I could still go on.

Funny story, during a recent team meeting we thought about a catch phrase.  A lot of “corporate” and “hipster” tag lines were thrown about.  Nothing stuck, and everything was boring and didn’t capture what we did.  But jokingly someone said “how about KASA, we don’t not do that…”

It’s not pretty, it’s kinda confusing, but it describes us surprisingly well.  KASA, we don’t not do that…

So, if this is the first time you’ve heard about us, “welcome, I hope we can help you in some way” or if you’ve known about us for a while and are still here “thanks for sticking with us”.  Because if you didn’t know already, at KASA, we don’t not do that.

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