Stories Are the Best, Plus News on Nest!

Friend of the ‘Lab, Kathy, has been using Storify for a while now to compile easy-to-consume, erm, stories about the exploits of Oracle Applications User Experience (@usableapps).

You might remember Storify from past stories such as the In the U.K.: Special events and Apps 14 with UKOUG and Our OpenWorld 2014 Journey.

Anyway, Kathy has a new story, The Internet of Things and the Oracle user experience, which just so happens to feature some of our content. If you read here with any regularity or know Noel (@noelportugal), you’ll know we love our internet-connect things.

So, check out Kathy’s story to get the bigger picture, and hey, why not read all the stories on the Usableapps Storify page.

And bonus content on IoT!

Google keeps making the Nest smarter and marginally, depending on your perspective, more useful. In December, a Google Now integration rolled out, pairing a couple of my favorite products.

More gimmick than useful feature, at least for me, I ran into issues with the NLP on commands, as you can see:

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Saying “set the temperature to 70 degrees” frequently results in an interpretation of 270 degrees. Works fine if you don’t say “to” there. Google Now becomes a more effective assistant, this integration will be more useful, I’ve no doubt.

Then, at CES, Nest announced partnerships that form a loose alliance of household appliances. It may take a big player like Nest (ahem, Google) to standardize the home IoT ecosystem.

And just this week, Misfit announced a partnership with Nest to allow their fitness tracker, the one I used to wear, to control the Nest. I’m tempted to give the Shine another go, but I’m worried about falling back into a streak-spiral.

Thoughts on IoT? Nest? Ad-supported world domination? You know what to do.

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2 comments

  1. Interesting proposition on IOT. Seeing a lot of EnSW interest on iOT. Still waiting for that #fashtech Internet of Thongs blog opp.

    I love Google Now, especially on smartwatch, totally useful, glanceable UI. If this kinda Nest integration works in the home it’ll work in the “office” however we define that these days: “place of work”, I guess.

    It’s ^Ultan on @usableapps btw.

  2. @Ultan: Connected bras are a thing, at least in patent-land, so why not underwear? Strange new world indeed.

    Embrace the creepy, Google Now is useful.

    My bad on the Twitter handle. I knew it was you, but needed a handle for Kathy. Updated.

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