Using Python to ‘Wrangle’ Your Messy Data

 or How to Organize Your Comic Book Collection Based on Issue Popularity

In addition to being a product manager at Rittman Mead, I consider myself to be a nerd of the highest order.  My love of comic books, fantasy, sci-fi and general geekery began long before the word ‘Stark’ had anything to do with Robert Downey Jr or memes about the impending winter.  As such, any chance to incorporate my hobbies into my work is a (more...)

Put Glance on It

Because I live in Portland, I’m often asked if “Portlandia” is accurate.

It is, mostly, and so it seems appropriate to channel an early episode to talk about Glance, our wearables framework.

Actually, Glance has grown beyond wearables to support cars and other devices, the latest of which is Noel’s (@noelportugal) gadget du jour, the LaMetric Time (@smartatoms).

Insert mildly amusing video here.

And of course Noel had to push (more...)

Come Visit the OAUX Gadget Lab

In September 2014, Oracle Applications User Experience (@usableapps) opened a brand new lab that showcases Oracle’s Cloud Applications, specifically the many innovations that our organization has made to and around Cloud Applications in the past handful of year.

We call it the Cloud User Experience Lab, or affectionately, the Cloud Lab.

Our team has several projects featured in the Cloud Lab, and many of our team members have presented our work to (more...)

The MagicBand

Editor’s note: Here’s the first post from our new-ish researcher, Tawny. She joined us back in September, just in time for OpenWorld. After her trip to Disney World, she talked eagerly about the MagicBand experience, and if you read here, you know I’m a fan of Disney’s innovative spirit.

Enjoy.

Planning a Disney World trip is no small feat. There are websites that display crowd calendars to help you find the best week to visit (more...)

M2M, the other IoT

Before IoT became ‘The’ buzzword, there was M2M (machine to machine). Some industries still refer to IoT as M2M, but overall the term Internet of Things has become the norm. I like the term M2M because it describes better what IoT is meant to do: Machines talking to other machines.

This year our team once again participated int he AT&T Developer Summit 2016 hackathon. With M2M in our minds, we created a platform to allow (more...)

Heap Of Trouble


"But I suppose there's a lot to see everywhere, if only you keep your eyes open."
-- Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth 

Oracle Support recently updated what I call a ‘blast from the past’; it involves a subpool memory leak in Oracle 11.2.0.1 and shared cursors. Originally submitted in 2010 this issue was updated the end of last year to reflect the status of ‘Fixed in Product Version 12.1’. There (more...)

SafeDrop – Part 2: Function and Benefits

SafeDrop is a secure box for receiving a physical package delivery, without the need of recipient to be present. If you recall, it was my team’s project at the AT&T Developer Summit Hackathon earlier this month.

SafeDrop is implemented with Intel Edison board at its core, coordinating various peripheral devices to produce a secure receiving product, and it won second place in the “Best Use of Intel Edison” at the hackathon.

SafeDrop box with scanner

SafeDrop box with scanner

Components built in the SafeDrop

Components (more...)

My Joyful Consumption of Data

I love data, always have.

To feed this love and to compile data sets for my quantified self research, I recently added the Netatmo Weather Station to the other nifty devices that monitor and quantify my everyday life, including Fitbit AriaAutomatic and Nest.

I’ve been meaning to restart my fitness data collection too, after spending most of last year with the Nike+ Fuelband, the Basis Peak, the Jawbone UP24, the Fitbit Surge (more...)

Any Port in a Storm: Novel Ways of Interacting with Our Devices

With smartwatches, sometimes your fingers just aren’t good enough for the task at hand. Fortunately, some ingenious users have found a suitable alternative for when those digits just won’t do: their nose.

That thing sticking out from your face is enough like a fingertip to act as one in situations where your hands might be wet, dirty, or separated from your device by a layer of gloves.

A nose tap reenactment on the Apple Watch.

A nose tap reenactment on the Apple Watch.

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Mike Hibbert – A Celebration

Mike Hibbert

It’s been a long while since I graced the blog with my presence and I had always hoped that when I did return, it would be with something new, or exciting to say.  Instead, I find myself writing something much more personal and subdued:  a celebration of one of our dear colleagues who, after a 2 year fight, lost his battle to cancer just before Christmas 2015.

Joining us in September 2010, Mike Hibbert was (more...)

Seven Days with the Xiaomi Mi Band: A Model of Simple Wearable Tech UX for Business

Worn Out With Wearables

That well-worn maxim about keeping it simple, stupid (KISS) now applies as much to wearable tech (see what I did there?) user experience as it does to mobile or web apps.

The challenge is to keep on keeping “it” simple as product managers and nervous C-types push for more bells and whistles in a wearable tech market going ballistic. Simplicity is a relative term in the fast changing world of (more...)

Why GUI sucks…

Of course we all know GUI stands for Graphical User Interface, just as CLI stands for Command Line Interface, right!
Or, rather, a GUI is this nice, flashy screen where you can easily roam with your mouse, comparable to a multiple choice quiz, where the right answer is there for the picking.
A CLI on the other hand is this dark, mysterious blinking cursor… Nothing happens unless you know more or less what (more...)

2016 AT&T Developer Summit Hackathon: SafeDrop

It has become tradition now for us, AppsLab, the OAUX emerging technologies team, that the first thing in a New Year is to fly to Las Vegas, not solely testing our luck on the casino floor (though some guys did get lucky), but also attending to the real business–participating in the AT&T Developer Summit Hackathon to build something meaningful, useful, and future-oriented, and hopefully get lucky and win some prizes.

Noel (@noelportugal), who participated (more...)

VR Skeptic: 1994

Here is a blast from the past: a letter I wrote to some friends back in 1994 about my very first VR experience.

VR enjoyed a brief spin as the next big thing that year. Jaron Lanier had been featured in the second issue of Wired magazine and virtual reality arcades began to appear in the hipper shopping malls. In short, it was as hyped and inevitable then as it is again today.

So with (more...)

VR Skeptic: Immersion and Serendipity

 

John staring boldly into the future of VR

Look, I’m as fond of holodecks and the matrix as the next nerd. I was having queazy VR experiences back in 1994. That’s me just last month strapped into to a cheap plastic viewer, staring boldly into the future. I’ve been thinking and writing about virtual reality for over twenty years now.

But are we there yet? Is VR ready for mainstream adoption? And, aside from a few obvious niche cases, does it have (more...)

“Say What?!?!?”


"The only thing you can do easily is be wrong, and that's hardly worth the effort." 
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

Oracle can lie to you. Not like a disreputable uwed-car salesman but more like the ‘little white lie’ sometimes told in order to hide less-than-desirable parts of the truth. And it’s not Oracle, really, it’s the optimizer and it does it by reporting query plans that may not accurtely report the execution path. (more...)

The Time I Ran Out of Gas

Before Christmas, I ran out of gas for the first time.

All things considered, I was very lucky. It was just me in the car, and the engine died in a covered parking structure, in a remote corner with few cars. Plus, it was the middle of the day, during the week before Christmas, so not a lot of people were out and about anyway.

Could have been a lot worse.

The reason why I ran (more...)

Selfies. Social. And Style: Smartwatch UX Trends

From Antiques to Apple

“I don’t own a watch myself,” a great parting shot by Kevin of Timepiece Antique Clocks in the Liberties, Dublin.

I had popped in one rainy day in November to discover more about clock making and to get an old school perspective on smartwatches. Kevin’s comment made sense. “Why would he need to own a watch?” I asked myself, surrounded by so many wonderful clocks from across the ages, (more...)

AppsLab Research in 2015

As we exit 2015 and enter 2016, I’m reflecting on all that happened in AppsLab and looking forward to the future. Our 2015 research spanned the spectrum – from attitudinal to behavioral, domestic to international, controlled to ad hoc, low to high tech, and many more research tactics. I won’t bore you with stats and an exhaustive list of studies. Rather, here is a brief recap of some of our research and interests.

We studied (more...)

Export-Import Business


"Don't you know anything at all about numbers?"

"Well, I don't think they're very important," snapped Milo, too embarrassed to admit the truth.

"NOT IMPORTANT!" roared the Dodecahedron, turning red with fury. "Could you have tea for two without
the two -- or three blind mice without the three? Would there be four corners of the earth if there
weren't a four? And how would you sail the seven seas without a seven? (more...)