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...)
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.
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.
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...)
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.”
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...)
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...)
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...)
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...)