Find Us at Oracle Code

Oracle Code (@oracledevs) begins tomorrow in San Francisco, and we’ll be there. What is Oracle Code? Check out the video, which includes our Gadget Lab at HQ, robot arm demo, VR egg chair and Tony O giving a tour. Specifically, Raymond (@yuhuaxie) and Mark (@mvilrokx) will be hosting IoT Workshops like they did during JavaOne and OpenWorld 2016.… Read More

RIP Oracle Connect

Blogging and long-form content seem so tedious to me nowadays, but if you’ve read here for a while, you’ll recall that I used to post several times a week. One of the reasons I’ve kept this blog running in the era of ever-shorter content is that it keeps a historical record of this team’s work and… Read More

The Digital Hotel Key

Generally, I’m not in favor of consolidating important stuff onto my phone, e.g. credit cards, etc. because if I lose my phone, I’ll lose all that stuff too. However, I’ve been waiting to try out a digital hotel key, i.e. using my phone to unlock my hotel room. Only a few hotels and hotel chains have… Read More

Have Fun out There

Yesterday, I talked, in part, about how we can, if we choose, work all the time, from the moment we open our eyes, until we close them for sleep. So today’s as good a Friday as any to remind you to balance all that work with some fun. We here at the AppsLab are big… Read More

How We Go Through Our Day

Earlier this month, our strategy and roadmap eBook was released. In it, you’ll find all the whys, wherefores, whats and hows that drive the Simplicity-Mobility-Extensibility design philosophy we follow for Oracle Cloud Applications. The eBook is free, as in beer, and it’s a great resource if you find yourself wondering why we do what we… Read More

New Content on Our Oracle.com Page

Back in September, our little team got a big boost when we launched official content under the official Oracle.com banner. I’ve been doing this job for various different organizations at Oracle for nine years now, and we’ve always existed on the fringe. So, having our own home for content within the Oracle.com world is a major… Read More

Is the Mi Band the Harbinger of Affordable #fashtech?

So, here’s a new thing I’ve noticed lately, customizable wearables, specifically the Xiaomi Mi Band (#MiBand), which is cheap and completely extensible. This happens to be Ultan’s (@ultan) new fitness band of choice, and coincidentally, Christina’s (@ChrisKolOrcl) as well. Although both are members of Oracle Applications User Experience (@usableapps), neither knew the other was wearing… Read More

A Wonderful Week in Australia

2016 has been a whirlwind so far, and February kept up the pace. Here’s a quick rundown of what we’ve been doing. As we did last year, OAUX made a trip to APAC again this year to meet partners, customers and Oracle people, show our Expo of goodies and talk simplicity-mobility-extensibility, Glance, Scan, Commit and our… Read 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).… Read 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… Read 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 Aria, Automatic and Nest. I’ve been meaning to restart my fitness data collection too, after spending most of… Read More

OpenWorld 2015 Highlights

It’s been nearly three weeks, and I’m finally getting around to sharing the highlights of our OpenWorld 2015. Enjoy. Keynotes Last year, Steve Miranda showed some of our project work in his keynote. This year, our Glance framework on the Apple Watch, made an appearance in Larry Ellison’s first keynote in a video showcasing the evolution… Read More

The Glance Framework on Android Auto

A while back, I told you about Glance, a framework for wearables and other devices. Quick history review, Glance was born out of our frustration with rebuilding basic Oracle Cloud Applications notification functionality each time a hot new wearable device dropped, e.g. Google Glass, Pebble, Android Wear, etc. So, by the time the Apple Watch launched,… Read More

See the IoT Nerf Gun at JavaOne

So, Mark (@mvilrokx) built a internet-connected Nerf gun, so that happened. If you read here, you’ll have seen the early stages of the build. Heading into JavaOne (@javaoneconf), where he’ll be giving a talk, Mark wanted to build something cool to show. Look for a technical post from him soon. The short version is that he… Read More