OpenWorld 2015 Highlights

It’s been nearly three weeks, and I’m finally getting around to sharing the highlights of our OpenWorld 2015. Enjoy.


Last year, Steve Miranda showed some of our project work in his keynote. This year, our Glance framework on the Apple Watch, made an appearance in Larry Ellison’s first keynote in a video showcasing the evolution of Oracle’s User Experience over the last 30 years.

OTN Community Quest

Noel (@noelportugal) and I oversaw the (more...)

The Glance Framework on Android Auto

A while back, I told you about Glance, a framework for wearables and other devices.

Quick history review, Glance was born out of our frustration with rebuilding basic Oracle Cloud Applications notification functionality each time a hot new wearable device dropped, e.g. Google Glass, Pebble, Android Wear, etc.

So, by the time the Apple Watch launched, we had a solution ready, and we designed Glance to be a framework so whenever the next, new hotness (more...)

See the IoT Nerf Gun at JavaOne

So, Mark (@mvilrokx) built a internet-connected Nerf gun, so that happened. If you read here, you’ll have seen the early stages of the build.

Heading into JavaOne (@javaoneconf), where he’ll be giving a talk, Mark wanted to build something cool to show.

Look for a technical post from him soon. The short version is that he added the ESP8266 to connect the toy to the interwebs and then rigged the internal (more...)

Go on a Quest at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne

The Scavenger Hunt we ran at Kscope15 was a huge success. The players had fun, the game was mostly bug-free and our gracious hosts, ODTUG (@odtug), were happy.

The Hunt went so well that we’ve been asked by the OTN (@oracleotn) to run a similar game at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld (@oracleopenworld) and JavaOne (@javaoneconf).


I can’t tell you much about it yet, but the name has changed. (more...)

Another Home for Our Stuff

I’m very pleased to announce that our colleague and friend Kathy recently pushed live a page on under the OAUX section, dedicated to our Emerging Technologies team and our work.

Our new home, circa 2015.

Our new home, circa 2015.

Big moment for us. I feel like a made guy.

Don’t worry. This little blog will continue to be our home and stream of consciousness, but now, we have another, more structured home, focused on our projects and thinking.

Like that’s (more...)

Android Users, You Need Vysor

Despite the amount of iOS and Apple Watch chatter here lately, we still have a dedicated Android user base on the team, including me.

If you read here, you’ll know that projecting an Android device screen to an audience has always been important for us, and usually we have more than one screen to project. Over the years, I’ve used several tools for this BBQScreenAndroid Screen Monitor and lately, Chromecast’s screen mirroring feature, (more...)

Celebrating 5 Years in Oracle’s Mexico Development Center

Editor’s note: If you read here, you might recall that we have dos hermanos en Guadalajara, Luis (@lsgaleana) y Osvaldo (@vaini11a). Last month, the Mexico Development Center (MDC) celebrated its fifth anniversary. Here’s to many more. Reposted from VoX.

By Sarahi Mireles, (@sarahimireles), Oracle Applications User Experience (@usableapps)

As you may know, Oracle has a couple Development Centers around the globe, and one of them is in Guadalajara, (more...)

Reducing Friction with Amazon Prime Now

A couple days after Noel (@noelportugal) wrote about reducing user friction, I got a chance to try one of Amazon’s latest friction-reducing services, Amazon Prime Now.

The likes of Webvan pioneered grocery delivery back in the dot com days, and fun fact, Amazon owns and continues to operate what is left of Webvan. In those halcyon days, I used Webvan quite a bit. Sounds a bit silly, but being able to order groceries (more...)

Four Weeks with the Garmin Vivosmart

The Year of Data continues for me, and yesterday, I finished a four-week relationship with the Garmin Vivosmart.

I use relationship purposefully here because if you use a wearable to track fitness and sleep, you’re wearing it a lot, and it actually becomes a little friend (or enemy) that’s almost always with you. Wearables are very personal devices.

If you’re scoring at home, 2015 has gone thusly for me: