I’m cleaning up all the open tabs for the holidays, so here are some nuggets I found that may or may not be interesting.
Hinkmond Wong of the Java Embedded Technology team did a fun Thanksgiving project, a Turkey that tweets as it cooks.
It’s time for (more...)
Since Google announced the Chromecast earlier this year, I’ve been stoked to see how it developed.
The little device has a ton of potential, and even though Google has been a little slow to push its adoption, even slowing down the
efforts of some curious developers, they do seem (more...)
The holiday season is in full swing now, and I’ll bet a lot of people out there will be getting some form of wearable device as a gift.
Wearables is a pretty broad category, that seems to be right at the cusp of mainstream adoption. For now, it includes
new team members, Raymond and Tony, have been busy in their short time with us, and they’re embracing the AppsLab way.
What way is that you ask? Since the beginning, we’ve always started with an idea and moved quickly to build something conceptual to see how and if
A while back, I
promised some details on the Google Now TV Card I found accidentally.
I was watching TV via an HDTV antenna and happened to pop open Google Now for some reason or another. Now showed me this card:
Freaky, right? I dismissed it, but my curiosity was
Did you know that Paul (@
ppedrazzi) and his lovely wife and children were on Shark Tank?
If you hurry, you can
watch their episode on Hulu. If you decide to wait, they appear in Season 5 Episode 10. Paul and family are the very first segment, so you (more...)
Busy times lately here at the ‘Lab. We’ve grown from a small band of three to six in the past six weeks.
Joining our happy little crew are Osvaldo, whom we were lucky to find on
our adventure to Mexico, Raymond, a friend of Anthony’s from Taleo, and Tony, (more...)
I love a good pun. This way off-topic, even for me, but I can’t pass up not one, but two Sriracha stories.
As background, this is
Sriracha, beloved by The Oatmeal and multitudes of others, including yours truly. Dare I call it “ the Cadillac of hot sauces.”
I like Google Now, and although it’s not a fixture in my daily device life, I it use pretty often, and it just keeps getting smarter and more useful.
Case in point, a couple weeks ago, I got my first
Activity summary card, or at least, I noticed (more...)
For the nostalgic readers out there, I found the install disks for Windows NT 4.0 in my desk last week.
I thought it would be fun to spin up a VM for old time’s sake, but that idea will take some doing. Stay tuned.
If nothing else, I’ll keep
Traveling a lot lately, which means I’ve had time to sit and observe people in airports. In today’s world, this is a great research opportunity for mobile devices. I’m a huge fan of anecdotal evidence, and I like to watch users in the wild to see what devices they use.
This is just plain awesome.
Steven Hawking came up with a simple and clever way of seeing if time travel is possible. On June 28, 2009, he threw a party for time travellers from the future…but didn’t advertise it until after the party was already over.
For some reason, I’m reminded of a lottery commercial that ran in my hometown in the 80s. The refrain was “Look, there goes another winner,” over and over; I guess the subliminal messaging has attached itself to other things in my mind.
Anyway, been busy lately, so here’s a recap
Even though sailing isn’t my thing, it was impossible to avoid getting swept up by last week’s boat race. Possibly lost in all the drama is the amount of technology these boats and race teams use to help them win.
Check out this video that highlights all the technology out (more...)
You may have 99 problems, but finding a contest to show off your coding chops during Oracle OpenWorld won’t be one of them. You’ll have two from which to choose, the
Oracle Fusion Cloud Developer Challenge or the Applications Express Developer Challenge.
Or hey, why not do both?
I guess because
Sounds like a line from some dystopian future movie, but surprise, it’s a real question, i.e. where can I see the
fantastic and amazing dueling robot arms?
If you’re attending Oracle OpenWorld next week, you can find the robotic arms, controlled by the Leap Motion, at the following venues
I told you,
we need more robots. A while back, Misha (@ mishavaughan) asked us to build something fun. So, we decided to put our new-ish Leap Motion controllers to good use to control robotic arms, specifically the OWI 535 with the USB interface, because why not.
I keep saying this, but if you read here enough, you’ll recognize that I tend to repeat myself. Noel (@ noelportugal) pointed me to this “60 Minutes” segment from January of this year called “ Are robots hurting job growth?”
It’s an interesting segment to me, mostly
For those so-inclined, here are some design-related goodies I found recently. Enjoy.
Dark Patterns: inside the interfaces designed to trick you
This is a great read. We’ve all run into counter-intuitive features that seem designed to confuse. Although I like to think the best of humanity, in some cases, confusion