Emerging Technologies and the ‘Glance, Scan, Commit’ Design Philosophy

Cross-posted from VoX.

Behind the Oracle user experience goals of designing for simplicity, mobility, and extensibility is a core design philosophy guiding the Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team’s work in emerging technologies: “Glance, Scan, Commit.”

It nicely boils down a mountain of research and a design experience that shapes the concepts you can see from us.

The philosophy of “Glance, Scan, Commit” permeates all of our work in the Oracle Applications Cloud user (more...)

Three Easy Ways to Stream Twitter Data into ElasticSearch

For the past few months a friend has been driving me crazy with all his praise for Splunk. He was going on about how easy it is to install, integrate different sources and build reports. I eventually started playing around to see if it could be used for a personal project I’m working on. In no time at all I understood what he was on about and I could see the value and ease of (more...)

Amazon Dash — It’s Dinner Time!

Yesterday I received an Amazon Dash for ordering IZZE juice.

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I think it is a great device, not that I would order tons of IZZE from Amazon, but at $5 it has wifi module + a micro controller + a LED light + a battery + nice enclosure, and it’s usually in deep sleep which means the device can last for years. That’s a bargain – a similar device would cost $20 – $40, at (more...)

Controlling NodeBox from an Apple Watch

We are always on the hunt for interesting new uses of the Apple Watch, so when my colleague Ben Bendig alerted me to AstroPad’s new iPhone/Apple Watch app, I downloaded it immediately.

The app, AstroPad Mini, is intended to let you use your iPhone as a graphics tablet and controls Photoshop nicely right out of the box. But it will work with any Mac app; it lets you map any area of your (more...)

Intel Compute Stick: Nowhere and Back Again

The Intel Compute Stick provides a full desktop experience in an ultra-portable HDMI dongle form factor. It’s like Google Chromecast, but an entire PC instead of just a web browser. I tested both the $150 Windows 8 version and the new $110 Ubuntu version.

The Intel Compute Stick (L) alongside an apple product (R).

TAP TAP TAP. IS THIS THING ON?

The HDMI end goes into a display, the power goes into an outlet, (more...)

Summer Projects and a Celebration

If you follow us on Twitter (@theappslab) or on Facebook, you’ve seen some of the Summer projects coming together.

If not, here’s a recap of some of the tinkering going on in OAUX Emerging Technologies land.

Mark (@mvilrokx) caught the IoT bug from Noel (@noelportugal), and he’s been busy destroying and rebuilding a Nerf gun, which is a thing. Search for “nerf gun mods” if you don’t (more...)

“But, You Don’t Understand…”


"Let me try once more," he said in an effort to explain. "In other words--"

"You mean you have other words?" cried the bird happily. "Well, by all means, use them.
You're certainly not doing very well with the ones you have now."
- Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth 

A seemingly constant battle in many forums is getting those who post questions to be clear in what they are asking. Some questions are (more...)

Issue with Perl in $ORACLE_HOME during installs

I’ve been doing some Enterprise Manager installs a bit more lately. At the same time, I’ve been working on Data Integration items such as GoldenGate and ODI.  What these products have in common are that they require an Oracle Database for a repository.  Needless to say I’ve been installing a lot of 12.1.0.2 databases in test and production environments.  The one thing that has been consistent is the issue I keep seeing (more...)

New Adventures with Raspberry Pi

If you read here, you’ll recall that Noel (@noelportugal) and I have been supporters of the Raspberry Pi for a long time, Noel on the build side, many, many times, me on the talking-about-how-cool-and-useful-it-is side.

And we’ve been spreading the love through internal hackdays and lots of projects.

So, yeah, we love us some Raspi.

The little guy has become our go-to choice to power all our Internet of Things (IoT) projects.

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Get a Look at the Future Oracle Cloud User Experience at Oracle OpenWorld 2015

Here’s the first of many OpenWorld-related posts, this one cross-posted from our colleagues and friends at VoX, the Voice of Experience for Oracle Cloud Applications. Enjoy.

Are you all set for Oracle OpenWorld 2015 (@oracleopenworld)? Even if you think you’re already booked for the event, you’ll want to squeeze in a chance to experience the future of the Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) — and maybe even make a few UX buddies along the (more...)

IFTTT Maker Channel

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A couple months a go IFTTT added a much needed feature: A custom channel for generic urls. They called it the Maker Channel. If you noticed my previous post, I used it to power an IoT Staples Easy Button.

At a closer look this is a very powerful feature. Now you can basically make and receive web requests (webhooks) from any possible connected device to any accessible web service (API, public server, etc..) It is (more...)

IFTTT Easy Button

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The Amazon Dash button its all the buzz lately. Regardless whether you think it is the greatest invention or just a passing fad, it is a nice little IoT device. There is already work underway to try and make it work with custom code.

There are a couple crowdfunding projects (flic and btn) that are attempting to create custom IoT buttons as well. But these often come with a high price tag (around $100).

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What Kids Tell Us about Touch and Voice

Recently, my four year-old daughter and her little bestie were fiddling with someone’s iPhone. I’m not sure which parent had sacrificed the device for our collective sanity.

Anyway, they were talking to Siri. Her bestie was putting Siri through its paces, and my daughter asked for a joke, because that’s her main question for Alexa, a.k.a. the Amazon Echo.

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Siri failed at that, and my daughter remarked something like “Our Siri knows the weather (more...)

Biohacking, Here Come the Cyborgs

For me, 2015 has been the year of the quantified self.

I’ve been tracking my activity using various wearables: Nike+ Fuelband, Basis Peak, Jawbone UP24, Fitbit Surge, and currently, Garmin Vivosmart. I just set up Automatic to track my driving; check out Ben’s review for details. I couldn’t attend QS15, but luckily, Thao (@thaobnguyen) and Ben went and provided a complete download.

And, naturally, I’m fascinated by biohacking because, at its (more...)

Jeremy and Noel Talk IoT at Kscope15

By now, you know all about the Scavenger Hunt we ran a Kscope15 in partnership with our good friends at ODTUG and YCC.

Noel (@noelportugal) talked about the technical bits in a post last week, and today, ODTUG posted an interview featuring our fearless leader, Jeremy Ashley (@jrwashley), and Noel from the conference wherein they talk about Internet of Things (IoT) and the IoT bits included in the Hunt.

If you read (more...)

Guerrilla Testing at OHUG

The Apple Watch came out, and we had a lot of questions: What do people want to do on it? What do they expect to be able to do on it? What are they worried about? And more importantly, what are they excited about?

But we had a problem—we wanted to ask a lot of people about the Apple Watch, but nobody had it, so how could we do any research?

Our solution was (more...)

Game Mechanics of a Scavenger Hunt

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This year we organized a scavenger hunt for Kscope15 in collaboration with the ODTUG board and YCC. As we found out, scavenger hunts are a great way to get people to see your content, create buzz and have fun along the way.  We also used the scavenger as a platform to try some of the latest technologies. The purpose was to have conference attendees complete tasks using IoT, twitter hashtags and pictures and compete for a prize.

Here is (more...)

Royal High School Students Visit Oracle

Last week a group of high school students from Royal High School visited Oracle Headquarters in Redwood Shores, California.

Royal High School, a public school in Simi Valley, California, is launching an International Business Pathway program. This program is part of California’s Career Pathways Trust (CCPT), which was established in 2013 by the California State Legislature to better prepare students for the 21st Century workplace.

The goal of the visit was to introduce students to (more...)

Usability of Text Analytics

User experience design as a career fell largely on the era of GUI. Thus most people in my profession are visual thinkers if not by birth than by experience. When it comes to presenting information, we think visualization. Times are changing, and with that we are challenged to present information verbally. This is where text analytics meets UX. I only worked on a handful of projects that are about text, and only with a handful (more...)

NodeBox

In my previous post I argued that the hunt is on for a better way to code, a way more suited for a designer’s need to test new interactions. I said I wanted a process less like solving a Rubik’s cube and more like throwing a pot. What does this actually mean?

“I want to grab a clump of clay and just continuously shape it with my hands until I am satisfied.”

There are (more...)