Magical Links for a Tuesday in December

Published on December 2nd, 2014 2 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 […]

Pseudo-Philosophical Observations on Wearables, Part 1

Published on November 5th, 2014 9 Comments

Jawbone announced the Up3 today, reportedly its most advanced fitness tracker to date. As with all fitness trackers, the Up3 has an accelerometer, but it also has sensors for measuring skin and ambient temperature, as well as something called bioimpedence. As these data collected by the Up3 are used by a new feature called Smart Coach. You […]

Glorious Data Visualizations for Your Friday

Published on October 24th, 2014 2 Comments

If you’ve read here for more than a hot minute, you’ll know that I love me some data visualization. This love affair dates back to when Paul (@ppedrazzi) pointed me to Hans Rosling’s (@hansrosling) first TED talk. I’m sure Hans has inspired an enormous city of people by now, judging by the 8 million plus […]

Here We Grow Again

Published on October 13th, 2014 4 Comments

Cheesy title aside, the AppsLab (@theappslab) is growing again, and this time, we’re branching out into new territory. As part of the Oracle Applications User Experience (@usableapps) team, we regularly work with interaction designers, information architects and researchers, all of whom are pivotal to ensuring that what we build is what users want. Makes sense, right? […]

Did You See Our Work in Steve Miranda’s Keynote?

Published on October 10th, 2014 1 Comment

Last week at OpenWorld, a few of our projects were featured in Steve Miranda’s (@stevenrmiranda) keynote session. Jeremy (@jrwashley) tweeted the evidence. Debra (@debralilley) noticed too. I wasn’t able to attend the keynote, so I found out thanks to the Usable Apps (@usableapps) Storify, which chronicled “Our OpenWorld 2014 Journey.” And today, I finally got […]

Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne 2014 Cometh

Published on September 22nd, 2014 2 Comments

This time next week, we’ll be in the thick of the Oracle super-conference, the combination of Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne. This year, our team and our larger organization, Oracle Applications User Experience, will have precisely a metric ton of activities during the week. For the first time, our team will be doing stuff at JavaOne too. Anthony (@anthonyslai) […]

Our Very Own Wearable

Published on September 17th, 2014 7 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 7 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 7 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. […]

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