OAUX Emerging Technologies RD&D Strategy

Published on April 16th, 2015 2 Comments

Speaking of strategies, Misha (@mishavaughan) asked me to write up an article–not a post, there’s a difference–describing how this team goes about its business, i.e. researching, designing and developing solutions for the emerging technologies that will affect our users in the near and not-so-near future. You can, and should, read the resulting article over at the […]

Are We Ready for the Apple Watch?

Published on April 13th, 2015 2 Comments

So, apparently Apple is launching a watch soon, which has people asking us, i.e. Oracle Applications User Experience (@usableapps), what our strategy is for the watch of watches. If you read here, you probably already know we’ve been looking at smart watches, super watches, and wearables of all kinds for a few years. So, the strategy is already in […]

Cool Machines: RU 800-S Rail Refresher

Published on April 9th, 2015 Leave a Comment

The kid in me loves this behemoth so very much, h/t to Kottke. This rail refresher is a Swietelsky RU 800-S. There are lots of videos showing this dream machine at work.

Four Weeks with the Basis Peak

Published on April 9th, 2015 2 Comments

Right after I finished wearing the Nike+ Fuelband for three weeks, I moved straight on to another wearable device, the Basis Peak. The Peak falls into a category Ultan (@ultan, @usableapps) calls the “super watch,” a term that nicely differentiates watches like the Peak (and the Fitbit Surge) from fitness bands (e.g. Jawbone UP24, Nike+ Fuelband, […]

The Fitbit Surge: Watching Where the Super Watch Puck Goes

Published on April 6th, 2015 2 Comments

Editor’s note: Here’s a review of the Fitbit Surge from Ultan (@ultan, @usableapps); if anyone can road-test a fitness tracker, it’s him. As luck would have it, the Surge is on my list of wearables to test as well. So, watch this space for a comparison review from a much less active person. Enjoy. I’ve upgraded […]

Conference Recaps and Such

Published on March 27th, 2015 Leave a Comment

I’m currently in Washington D.C. at Oracle HCM World. It’s been a busy conference; on Wednesday, Thao and Ben ran a brainstorming session on wearables as part of the HCM product strategy council’s day of activities. Then yesterday, the dynamic duo ran a focus group around emerging technologies and their impact on HCM, specifically wearables and Internet […]

Time to Update the Feed

Published on March 19th, 2015 Leave a Comment

For those of you who enjoy our content via the feed (thank you), I have news. Next week, I’ll be changing the feed’s name, so if you want to continue to receive AppsLab goodness in your feed reader of choice or in your inbox, you’ll need to come back here and subscribe again. Or maybe it’s […]

OAUX Tidbits

Published on March 18th, 2015 Leave a Comment

Here come some rapid fire tidbits about upcoming and recently past Oracle Applications User Experience (@usableapps) events. Events of the Near Past Laurie Pattison’s (@lsptahoe) team (@InnovateOracle) has been organizing events focused around stimulating and fostering innovation for quite some time now. I’ve always been a big fan of group-think-and-work exercises, e.g. design jams, hackathons, ShipIts, […]

Three Weeks with the Nike+ Fuelband SE

Published on March 11th, 2015 7 Comments

I don’t like wearing stuff on my wrist, but in my ongoing quest to learn more about the wearables our users wear, I have embarked on a journey. For science! And for better living through math, a.k.a. the quantified self. And because I’ll be at HCM World later this month talking about wearables, and because wearables […]

Fun with an Android Wear Watch

Published on February 3rd, 2015 2 Comments

A couple days ago, I was preparing to show some development work Luis (@lsgaleana) did for Android Wear using the Samsung Gear Live. One of the interesting problems we’ve encountered lately is projecting our device work onto larger screens to show to an audience. I know, bit of a first world problem, which is why I said […]

Stories Are the Best, Plus News on Nest!

Published on January 28th, 2015 2 Comments

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 […]

BusinessTown

Published on January 23rd, 2015 2 Comments

Maybe you remember Busytown, Richard Scarry’s famous town, from your childhood or from reading it to your kids. Tony Ruth has created the Silicon Valley equivalent, BusinessTown, (h/t The Verge) populated by the archetypes we all know and sometimes love. What do the inhabitants of BusinessTown do? “What Value-Creating Winners Do All Day,” natch. Who’s up […]

Here Are Your First Links of 2015

Published on January 7th, 2015 4 Comments

Our team has been busy since the New Year, competing in the AT&T Developer Summit hackathon, which is Noel’s (@noelportugal) Everest, i.e. he tries to climb it every year, see 2013 and 2014. If you follow our Twitter (@theappslab) or Facebook page, you might have seen the teaser. If not, here it is: Look for […]

Another Echo Hack from Noel

Published on January 6th, 2015 Leave a Comment

Noel (@noelportugal) spent a lot of time during his holidays geeking out with his latest toy, Amazon Echo. Check out his initial review and his lights hack. For a guy whose name means Christmas, seems it was a logical leap to use Alexa to control his Christmas tree lights too. Let’s take a minute to shame Noel […]

Chromecast Guest Mode Rules

Published on January 5th, 2015 Leave a Comment

If you read here regularly, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of the Google Chromecast. It’s helped me cut the cable, I gave it as a Christmas gift two years in a row (to different people), I have several in my home, and I carry one in my laptop bag to stream content on the […]

Noel’s Amazon Echo Hack

Published on January 5th, 2015 3 Comments

Noel (@noelportugal) is one of a handful of early adopters to get his hands on the Amazon Echo, Amazon’s in-home personal assistant, and being the curious, hacker that he is, of course he used an unpublished API to bend Alexa, that’s the Echo’s personality, to his will. Video, because it happened: And look, Noel’s hack got picked […]

Magical Links for a Tuesday in December

Published on December 2nd, 2014 3 Comments

It’s difficult to make a link post seem interesting. Anyway, I have some nuggets from the Applications User Experience desk plus bonus robot video because it’s Tuesday. Back to Basics. Helping You Phrase that Alta UI versus UX Question Always entertaining bloke and longtime Friend of the ‘Lab, Ultan (@ultan) answers a question we get a […]

Look What We Made

Published on November 20th, 2014 5 Comments

As a team-building activity for our newly merged team of research, design and development, someone, who probably wishes to remain nameless, organized a glass mosaic and welding extravaganza at The Crucible in Oakland. We split into two teams, one MIG welding, the other glass breaking, and here’s the result. All-in-all an interesting and entertaining activity. […]

From Concept to Code

Published on November 20th, 2014 4 Comments

Editor’s note: Here’s a repost of a wonderful write-up of an event we did a couple weeks ago, courtesy of Friend of the ‘Lab Karen Scipi (@KarenScipi). What Karen doesn’t mention is that she organized, managed and ran the event herself. Additional props to Ultan (@ultan) on the idea side, including the naming, Sandra Lee (@SandraLee0415) […]

The Cloud UX Lab

Published on November 10th, 2014 Leave a Comment

There’s a post over on VoX about a OAUX new lab at Oracle HQ, the Cloud UX Lab. Finished just before OOW in September, this lab is a showcase for OAUX projects, including a few of ours. The lab reminds me of a spacecraft from the distant future, the medical bay or the flight deck. It’s […]

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