Our Very Own Wearable

Published on September 17th, 2014 3 Comments

Noel (@noelportugal) and Raymond have been hard at work building a custom wearable, a.k.a. the secret OpenWorld project. The finished product is ready for a closeup. The components are: AppsLab Slapbands from Amazing Wristbands (@AMZG_Wristbands) LightBlue Beans from Punch Through Design (@punchthrough) 3D-printed cases, designed by Friend of the ‘Lab Rob, printed by Sculpteo (@sculpteo) LED lights An […]

Autonomous Quadcopters Playing Some Catch

Published on September 17th, 2014 2 Comments

Tony went to a talk by Salim Ismail (@salimismail), the Founding Executive Director of Singularity University recently. He may/may not post his thoughts on the talk, which sounds fascinating, but this video is worth sharing either way, and not just because we have quadcopter fever. Yeah, that’s autonomous flight, So refer to the list of horrifying things […]

Filler or Curated Content?

Published on September 17th, 2014 6 Comments

I consider these types of posts to be filler, but I suppose you could look at it as curated content or something highbrow like that. Take your pick. 10 Horrifying Technologies That Should Never Be Allowed I scanned this post first, thought it would be interesting and left it to read later. Then I read it, […]

Wearables Should be Stylish

Published on September 9th, 2014 10 Comments

To no one’s surprise, Apple announced the Apple Watch today. Very apropos because I just read Sandra Lee’s (@SandraLee0415) post over on Usable Apps about fashionable tech, one of Ultan’s (@ultan) main talking points about wearables. Ultan, our wearables whisperer, has style and flair; if you’ve ever met him, you know this. His (and Sandra’s) […]

On Disney Parks, Data Science, Drones and Wearables

Published on September 5th, 2014 6 Comments

As the parent of a toddler, I have no choice but to pay attention to Disney and its myriad of products and services. Case in point, this Summer we took our daughter to Disneyland for the first time, which was a whole thing. Pause to h/t Disneyland expert, Friend of the ‘Lab and colleague Kathy for […]

Behold: The Simplified UI Rapid Development Kit

Published on September 3rd, 2014 3 Comments

Editor’s note: The recent release of the Oracle Applications Cloud Simplified User Interface Rapid Development Kit represents the culmination of a lot of hard work from a lot of people. The kit was built, in large part, by Friend of the ‘Lab, Rafa Belloni (@rafabelloni), and although I tried to get him to write up some firsthand […]

More First World Problems

Published on August 18th, 2014 5 Comments

I’ve been traveling a lot lately, which is bad. I’ve been consuming a lot of in-flight wifi, which is good, because there really should be no place on Earth where I’m unable to work. Plus, it’s internets at 35,000 feet. How cool is that? Today, I found myself in the throes of a decidedly first world […]

The Secret Project Emerges

Published on August 15th, 2014 6 Comments

Noel (@noelportugal) and Raymond have been working on a secret project. Here’s the latest: Thanks to AUX colleague and Friend of the ‘Lab, Rob Hernandez, for the 3D modeling. So now you know why Noel bought the slap bands, but what goes in the case? If you’ve been watching, you might know already. Those are […]

Oracle Voice Debuts on the App Store

Published on August 11th, 2014 Leave a Comment

Editor’s note: I meant to blog about this today, but looks like my colleagues over at VoX have beat me to it. So, rather than try to do a better job, read do any work at all, I’ll just repost it. Free content w00t! Although I no longer carry an iOS device, I’ve seen Voice […]

We Have Slap Bands

Published on August 8th, 2014 6 Comments

As part of a secret project Noel (@noelportugal) and Raymond are cooking up, Noel ordered some AppsLab-branded slap bands. The bands were produced by Amazing Wristbands (@AMZG_Wristbands), and Noel has nothing but good things to say about them, in case you’re looking for your own slap bands. Anyway, I’m sure we’ll have some left over after […]

A Smart Holster for Law Enforcement

Published on July 24th, 2014 8 Comments

So, back in January, Noel (@noelportugal) took a team of developers to the AT&T Developer Summit Hackathon in Las Vegas. Although they didn’t win, the built some very cool stuff, combining Google Glass, Philips Hue, Internet of Things, and possibly a kitchen sink in there somewhere, into what can only be described as a smart holster. […]

Taleo Interview Evaluations, Part 2

Published on July 3rd, 2014 7 Comments

So, if you read Part 1, you’re all up to speed. If not, no worries. You might be a bit lost, but if you care, you can bounce over and come back for the thrilling conclusion. I first showed the Taleo Interview Evaluation Glass app and Android app at a Taleo and HCM Cloud customer expo […]

Taleo Interview Evaluations, Part 1

Published on July 2nd, 2014 6 Comments

Time to share a new concept demo, built earlier this Spring by Raymond and Anthony (@anthonyslai), both of whom are ex-Taleo. Back in April, I got my first exposure to Taleo during a sales call. I was there with the AUX contingent, talking about Oracle HCM Cloud Release 8, featuring Simplified UI, our overall design philosophies […]

I Guess Wearables Are a Thing

Published on June 20th, 2014 5 Comments

For what seems like ages, the noise around wearable technology has been building, but until recently, I’ve been skeptical about widespread adoption. Not anymore, wearables are a thing, even without an Apple device to lead the way. Last week, Noel (@noelportugal) and I attended the annual conference of the Oracle HCM Users Group (@ohugupdates); the […]

Fourfecta! Java, IoT, Making and Raspi

Published on June 18th, 2014 Leave a Comment

Here comes more Maker content for your reading pleasure, this time it’s an OTN piece on Java and the Internet of Things: A Perfect Match: Java and the Internet of Things The piece features lots of Noel (@noelportugal) wisdom, on making, on IoT, on the Raspi and on Java, his own personal fourfecta. If you’re scanning […]

Find Us at Kscope14 Next Week in Seattle

Published on June 17th, 2014 3 Comments

Kscope14 (#kscope14), the annual conference of the Oracle Development Tools User Group, affectionately ODTUG (@odtug), will happen next week in beautiful Seattle, June 22 to June 26. The good people at ODTUG have graciously invited me back as a speaker for the 2014 vintage, and Anthony (@anthonyslai) will be my wingman for our session, Oracle Cloud […]

Maker Movement Fuels the Internet of Things

Published on June 16th, 2014 Leave a Comment

The Java Team recently released a short video compiling selected moments from last month’s MakerCon and Maker Faire. If you recall, we were lucky to be invited to participate in both events, both of which were tons of fun, enlightening and inspiring. At 0:33 you’ll see the some of the guys hamming it up for the […]

Google Glass and First World Problems

Published on June 16th, 2014 5 Comments

If you have Google Glass, you’ve probably seen this card a few times. After a while, you begin to expect the card when your right temple starts to get uncomfortably warm. Apparently, Anthony (@anthonyslai), our resident Glass expert and long-time Glass Explorer, has a protip to handle this problem, two cans of cold soda. I guess […]

The Misfit Shine

Published on May 27th, 2014 16 Comments

Over the past 12 months, the chatter about wearables (glasses, watches, bands, clothing, material) has become too loud to ignore. It almost seems like manufacturers will force consumers to like wearables, like it or not. There are good uses for wearables, and one of the most common is the fitness tracker. Although I haven’t worn one […]

Saying Wearables in Spanish

Published on May 23rd, 2014 11 Comments

Friend of the ‘Lab, Bob Rhubart (@otnarchbeat) recently recorded a segment with our own Noel (@noelportugal) and Sarahi Mireles (@sarahimireles), a UX developer from our Mexico Development Center. The topic was wearables, but I only know this because they told me. Google Translate wasn’t very helpful, unless “Manos libres y vista al frente: Con el […]

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