If you’ve read here for more than a hot minute, you’ll know that I love me some data visualization.
This love affair dates back to when Paul (@ppedrazzi) pointed me to Hans Rosling’s (@hansrosling) first TED talk. I’m sure Hans has inspired an enormous city of people by now, judging by the 8 million plus views his TED talk has garnered. Sure, those aren’t unique view, but even so.
There’s an interesting (more...)
Editor’s note: Hey look, a new author. Here’s the first post from Raymond Xie, who joined us nearly a year ago. You may remember him from such concept demos as geo-fencing or Pebble watchface. Raymond has been busy at work and wants to share the work he did with telekinesis. Or something, you decide. Enjoy.
You put on a headband, stare at a ball, tilt your head back-forth and left-right . . . the ball navigates through a (more...)
Cheesy title aside, the AppsLab (@theappslab) is growing again, and this time, we’re branching out into new territory.
As part of the Oracle Applications User Experience (@usableapps) team, we regularly work with interaction designers, information architects and researchers, all of whom are pivotal to ensuring that what we build is what users want.
Makes sense, right?
So, we’re joining forces with the Emerging Interactions team within OAUX to formalize a (more...)
Last week at OpenWorld, a few of our projects were featured in Steve Miranda’s (@stevenrmiranda) keynote session.
Jeremy (@jrwashley) tweeted the evidence.
Debra (@debralilley) noticed too. I wasn’t able to attend the keynote, so I found out thanks to the Usable Apps (@usableapps) Storify, which chronicled “Our OpenWorld 2014 Journey.”
And today, I finally got to see the video, produced by Friend of the (more...)
About a month ago, hackaday.com broke the news of a new Wifi chip called ESP8266 that costs about $5. This wireless system on a chip (SoC) took all the IoT heads (including me) by surprise. Until now if you wanted to integrate wifi to any DIY project you had to use more expensive solutions. To put this into perspective, my first wifi Arduino shield was about $99!
So I ordered a few of them (I (more...)
Looking Back on OpenWorld
The first wave of impressions and information from OpenWorld are rolling in. Soon the wealth of articles will follow.
For the past year at the AppsLab we have been exploring the possibilities of advanced user interactions using BLE beacons. A couple days ago, Google (unofficially) announced that one of their Chrome teams is working on what I’m calling the gBeacon. They are calling it the Physical Web (http://google.github.io/physical-web/).
This is how they describe it:
“The Physical Web is an approach to unleash the core superpower of the web: interaction on demand. People (more...)
Google Translate, voice activated Italian translation shown on my Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch. Powered by Android Wear. Nice!
(A longer, original, version of my Silicon Valley Letter published in the Irish Times of July 10, 2014)
Rodney Dangerfield cover art for No Respect album, sourced from WikiPedia as fair use. Copyright acknowledged.
“You’ll know all about it when you hit 40”, I joked, straining my eyes to spot my name on an ID badge for the International Multilingual User Group (IMUG) meetup at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California.
Empathizing with tech worker immigration in the Valley requires a broad perspective.
(A longer version of my Silicon Valley Letter, published in the Irish Times of September 4, 2014)
Emigrants Leave Ireland by Henry Doyle 1868. Public domain image sourced from WikiPedia.
After an event at Facebook HQ’s appropriately addressed 1 Hacker Way in Menlo Park, I caught a corporate shuttle bus to Palo Alto train station.
I found myself in the (more...)
This tumblr post is the full version of the Silicon Valley Letter published in the Irish Times on September 25, 2014.
Street-savvy readers of a certain age will remember the incongruity of an early rap gig in Ireland: Public Enemy at the Trinity Ball in 1988. Puzzlement at the time over the dinner-plate-sized clock worn around the neck of rapper Flavor Flav (a symbol for the preciousness of time ) resonates with current public bewilderment (more...)