This years Google I/O saw the introduction of Google Home, a voice powered assistant device aimed at competing with Amazon Echo and Alexa. In a competitive world I started thinking “What Will It Take for Google Home to Be a Success?” Like Echo and the Alexa technology behind it, Google Home represents an ambitious effort to bring a voice interface into our lives. For … [Read more...] about What Will It Take for Google Home to Be a Success?
Apple makes some great products, but there are still some things I'd like to see them address. I decided to write up a list of things I’m still waiting for Apple to do, create, or change. I’ll try and update this from time to time, and certainly with the cycle of Apple events I may actually get some of what I ask for. I should also note these are not yet in any sort of … [Read more...] about My Apple Wish List
I developed an app for the Pebble Smart Watch that allows me to remote start my truck from my watch. With all the discussion about smart watches going around, and what you may be able to do with an Apple Watch, I decided it was time to move from idea to reality. This app isn’t just screen mock ups or screen shots from a simulator, it’s actual code that works and it’s on my … [Read more...] about Smart Watch Remote Start for Pebble
Google’s Santa Tracker Codelab is an extremely simple way to teach kids how to code, and honestly it’s the easiest and most beautiful way I’ve seen yet. The Codelab consists of 10 challenges that slightly increase in difficulty as you go on. These challenges have you moving an Elf through a maze to find a holiday present. Which is a pretty genius way to pull students … [Read more...] about Google’s Santa Tracker Codelab Is an Extremely Simple Way to Teach Kids How to Code
Prior to Android Wear I honestly thought that most smart watches weren’t really Smart. There’s a lot of buzz, and hype around Smart Watches and wearable’s. For years I have been unbelievably enticed by the concept of a fully connected device on my wrist. As a kid my concept of a Smart Watch was more akin to a walkie talkie(think Knight Rider), but as an adult those delusions of … [Read more...] about What makes a watch a Smart Watch?