A Smart Holster for Law Enforcement

So, back in January, Noel (@noelportugal) took a team of developers to the AT&T Developer Summit Hackathon in Las Vegas.

Although they didn’t win, the built some very cool stuff, combining Google Glass, Philips Hue, Internet of Things, and possibly a kitchen sink in there somewhere, into what can only be described as a smart holster. You know, for guns.

You read that right. This project was way out of our usual wheelhouse, which (more...)

Taleo Interview Evaluations, Part 2

So, if you read Part 1, you’re all up to speed. If not, no worries. You might be a bit lost, but if you care, you can bounce over and come back for the thrilling conclusion.

I first showed the Taleo Interview Evaluation Glass app and Android app at a Taleo and HCM Cloud customer expo in late April, and as I showed it, my story evolved.

Demos are living organisms; the more you show (more...)

Taleo Interview Evaluations, Part 1

Time to share a new concept demo, built earlier this Spring by Raymond and Anthony (@anthonyslai), both of whom are ex-Taleo.

Back in April, I got my first exposure to Taleo during a sales call. I was there with the AUX contingent, talking about Oracle HCM Cloud Release 8, featuring Simplified UI, our overall design philosophies and approaches, i.e. simplicity-mobility-extensibility, glance-scan-commit, and our emerging technologies work and future cool (more...)

I Guess Wearables Are a Thing

For what seems like ages, the noise around wearable technology has been building, but until recently, I’ve been skeptical about widespread adoption.

Not anymore, wearables are a thing, even without an Apple device to lead the way.

Last week, Noel (@noelportugal) and I attended the annual conference of the Oracle HCM Users Group (@ohugupdates); the Saturday before the conference, we showed off some of our wearable demos to a small group of customers (more...)

Fourfecta! Java, IoT, Making and Raspi

Here comes more Maker content for your reading pleasure, this time it’s an OTN piece on Java and the Internet of Things:

A Perfect Match: Java and the Internet of Things

The piece features lots of Noel (@noelportugal) wisdom, on making, on IoT, on the Raspi and on Java, his own personal fourfecta. If you’re scanning (shame on you), look for the User Experience and the Internet of Things section.

Here’s a very Noel (more...)

Find Us at Kscope14 Next Week in Seattle

Kscope14 (#kscope14), the annual conference of the Oracle Development Tools User Group, affectionately ODTUG (@odtug), will happen next week in beautiful Seattle, June 22 to June 26.

The good people at ODTUG have graciously invited me back as a speaker for the 2014 vintage, and Anthony (@anthonyslai) will be my wingman for our session, Oracle Cloud and the New Frontier of User Experience.

Here are the particulars:

Title: Oracle (more...)

Maker Movement Fuels the Internet of Things

The Java Team recently released a short video compiling selected moments from last month’s MakerCon and Maker Faire. If you recall, we were lucky to be invited to participate in both events, both of which were tons of fun, enlightening and inspiring.

At 0:33 you’ll see the some of the guys hamming it up for the camera, and Jeremy’s (@jrwashley) keynote at MakerCon is featured prominently as a voiceover.

Enjoy.

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Google Glass and First World Problems

If you have Google Glass, you’ve probably seen this card a few times.

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After a while, you begin to expect the card when your right temple starts to get uncomfortably warm. Apparently, Anthony (@anthonyslai), our resident Glass expert and long-time Glass Explorer, has a protip to handle this problem, two cans of cold soda.

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Ultan’s (@ultan) Glass cooling off

I guess Ultan (@ultan) first encountered this clever solution while Anthony was presenting (more...)

The Misfit Shine

Over the past 12 months, the chatter about wearables (glasses, watches, bands, clothing, material) has become too loud to ignore. It almost seems like manufacturers will force consumers to like wearables, like it or not.

There are good uses for wearables, and one of the most common is the fitness tracker.

Although I haven’t worn one myself until recently, I’ve been around lots of people who have, e.g. my wife had an early FitBit, Noel (more...)

Saying Wearables in Spanish

Friend of the ‘Lab, Bob Rhubart (@otnarchbeat) recently recorded a segment with our own Noel (@noelportugal) and Sarahi Mireles (@sarahimireles), a UX developer from our Mexico Development Center.

The topic was wearables, but I only know this because they told me. Google Translate wasn’t very helpful, unless “Manos libres y vista al frente: Con el futuro puesto” means “Handsfree and front view: With the future since.”

Anyway, enjoy.

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Raspi Shutdown Key

Noel (@noelportugal) is a clever dude. He’s also passionate. If you’ve ever met him, you already know these things.

Although I haven’t yet jumped into Raspberry Pi, despite Noel’s unbridled passion about the little-computer-that-could, I have captured some metadata about it, just from being around him and his passion.

For example, I know the Raspi needs to be shutdown a certain way, or bad things happen. I recall Noel being very specific about (more...)

AppsLab at the Maker Faire

Last week was Maker Week for us, and the culmination was the Maker Faire over the weekend.

This was my first Maker Faire, and wow was it an absolutely blast. I highly recommend taking in one of their events if there’s one in your town. Perhaps the best attribute of the Maker Faire is that it includes not just technology, but also handicrafts, woodcraft, pretty much every kind of craft. Walking around, you can feel (more...)

Randomly Humorous Correlations

Love this so much, Tyler Vigen’s Spurious Correlations, randomly compares data sets and creates correlations. Frequently, hilarity ensues.

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Like The Onion, I’m sure its “findings” will be misrepresented as serious news soon.

h/t Flowing Data

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Tweets from Jeremy’s MakerCon Keynote

Yesterday, our fearless leader, Jeremy Ashley (@jrwashley), gave a keynote at MakerCon. Unfortunately, I had to miss it, but the guys reported a positive reaction. Noel (@noelportugal) pointed me to tweets for rapid reaction.

Here’s a sample:

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Yeah, I cherry-picked, but you can read the reactions yourself if you don’t believe me.

The keynote was recorded, and if it becomes freely-available, I’ll embed here. We also have awesome pictures on the way (more...)

OK Google, Where’s My Car?

Google Now recently added a Parking Location card to help you solve the classic dude-where’s-my-car problem. According to The Verge:

The company’s Google Now assistant will now recognize when you’ve left a moving vehicle and automatically keep track of your car’s last location. There’s no magic happening here: Google does all of this using your smartphone’s bevy of sensors. It’s essentially guesswork, and the company readily admits that it may sometimes guess wrong. “You (more...)

A Week with the Amazon Fire TV

Even though I’m more than content with the Chromecast, the Amazon Fire TV caught my eye for a very simple reason: Amazon Prime content.

I’ve been buying digital content from Amazon since they launched their MP3 Store, the first place to buy music without any DRM, back in 2007, and Amazon is the only place to get stuff like Dora and other Nickelodeon shows. Yeah, that’s a parenting problem.

Amazon doesn’t support the Chromecast and probably won’t anytime (more...)