The meandering journey of NodeBots Interchange

Published Wednesday, January 27th 2016

What started as a plan to simply make components work a bit better with NodeBots turned into a way of managing any firmware using JavaScript.

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28 posts about mobile

  • Wednesday, September 2nd 2015

    Applying the lessons of mobile dev to IoT

    IoT product development has the opportunity to draw on some of the lessons hard won over the years of developing for mobile.

    1 minute read (140 words)

  • Sunday, May 4th 2014

    A Device API safari

    There are many interesting things to be found in the Device API. This talk went on a journey to see what we could find worth playing with.

    1 minute read (250 words)

  • Friday, October 19th 2012

    Datatium - a material to create responsive experiences

    Device responsive design is only one part of context. These are the sketch notes that underpinned a talk at WDS2012 on the wider aspects of using data in responsive design approaches.

    20 minute read (6.0k words)

  • Wednesday, July 25th 2012

    Web Facilitated Play in the Real World

    How can physical interaction with digital media augment the experience of both and what part does the web have to play in this space?

    6 minute read (1.7k words)

  • Friday, February 24th 2012

    Humanising the Internet of Things

    Just making your device "smart" isn't enough - it needs to also be usable. The human aspects of IoT are consistently forgotten in this new interaction space.

    8 minute read (2.3k words)

  • Monday, November 7th 2011

    App stores are delivery channels not search engines

    The main purpose of the app store is not discovery, it's to simplify the installation process to get an app on your device. Discovery continues to happen through other channels.

    5 minute read (1.2k words)

  • Friday, November 4th 2011

    We are the champions... of the web

    The "problem" with the web is it's lack of control, but it doesn't need control, it only needs an unruly mass of champions to defend it and let the process unfold to win.

    3 minute read (760 words)

  • Monday, October 17th 2011

    Neo-Futurism in the Information Age

    Finally the gloom of the GFC appears past and the web community are attempting to dream big ideas again - a summary of WDS11.

    3 minute read (720 words)

  • Tuesday, October 4th 2011

    On a post-flash world and Adobe's place within it

    Sacred cows in the Adobe world finally appear to be on the BBQ. Recent signals from the tooling company suggest Flash may finally be about to die - and not too soon.

    3 minute read (800 words)

  • Thursday, September 15th 2011

    Device API - Applications of DeviceMotion & DeviceOrientation

    Modern smartphones are jam-packed with sensors attached to them. This data is now available for use in the mobile web browser too. Here's some things you can do with them.

    4 minute read (1.2k words)

  • Saturday, February 12th 2011

    Microsoft “buys” Nokia for $0B - what this means for mobile.

    Windows Mobile 7 is the latest incarnation of the Microsoft mobile platform that started in the late 90s as Windows CE. It has always had relatively good penetration in the mobile business sector and has been the foundation of HTC and Samsung's smartphone strategies. For the latter part of the decade though, Windows Mobile has been languishing, and the release last year of WinMo 7 was received by the industry with a cursory “I think Microsoft just updated something to do with mobile” before switching their attention back to what is happening on the iPhone, Android and Blackberry platforms.

    4 minute read (1.1k words)

  • Tuesday, January 18th 2011

    Android fragmentation: really not a big deal

    This is a post I've been mulling over for a while and it now seems the right time to put my thoughts down around the issue of Android Fragmentation. There has been a lot of talk amongst the community about this and whilst some was fuelled by Steve Jobs (though they are remaining remarkably quiet currently) it seems like the fragmentation "issue" now has a life of it's own amongst devs.

    7 minute read (1.9k words)

  • Monday, January 10th 2011

    Computers are finally becoming personal

    After going back to work, it dawned on me that I hadn't used a computer for nearly two weeks - evident in the fact that I spent my first day back getting helplessly finger-twisted using a keyboard. Two weeks away from a computer for me probably hasn't occurred since 1990 when I went away camping and surfing for a month. So what occurred this Christmas?

    3 minute read (850 words)

  • Thursday, October 7th 2010

    I like where I think Sony is going

    This is one of my speculation fueled posts so I'm admitting that a lot of it is based on rumour, hearsay, wild prognostication and adding up 2+2+2+2 to equal 63. With that in mind on with the rest...

    4 minute read (1.1k words)

  • Wednesday, July 21st 2010

    Thingstreams - the future of product / consumer dialogue

    As consumers engage more directly with each other, how to brands understand what is happening in the "backchannel"?

    5 minute read (1.3k words)

  • Monday, June 28th 2010

    A telling quarter for Android

    Most people looking at the mobile and smart phone sector focus on unit sales as an indicator of performance - I suggest that one also needs to look at apps. The number of available apps is a metric that shows developer commitment to the ecosystem and also gives the manufacturer marketing leverage (see Apple 100k apps marketing). Apps gives a good long term view of the platform and is a key driver in purchasing behaviour. Steve Jobs understands this which is why he plays the "most available apps of any platform" card at every possible opportunity.

    4 minute read (1.1k words)

  • Thursday, January 28th 2010

    iPad - ALMOST great

    The iPad hardware is outstanding in its simplicity but is a little weak presently on the software but will get better.

    2 minute read (460 words)

  • Monday, January 4th 2010

    2010: The year the Netbook turns into the Web-book

    2010 is set to be a bumper year for Consumer Electronics. With people spending less outside the home they are focusing more inside and as just about everyone now has some monstrous TV it's the little things that count.

    3 minute read (700 words)

  • Monday, December 21st 2009

    2010 will be the year Apple and Google have a cage fight

    The pre- match slanging is pretty much over and the location of the fight has been chosen. 2010 is going to be the year Apple and Google finally stop dancing around and actually get in the ring. Unlike a nice clean refereed boxing match (Apple V Microsoft) this is going to be a dirty underground cage fight complete with barbed-wire wrapped gloves - expect to see a lot of blood on the floor - and fanbois rucking in the concourses.

    3 minute read (640 words)

  • Tuesday, November 10th 2009

    AdMob purchase by google paves way for interesting developer funding

    It's just been announced that Google is set to buy AdMob for $750M in an all-stock deal. This is the third biggest purchase Google has ever made (the only two bigger are YouTube and DoubleClick).

    2 minute read (510 words)

  • Wednesday, July 29th 2009

    An unofficial endorsement of the Android platform?

    As TechCrunch reported: Pigs Fly as Facebook and Google work together on an Android App - there's been a few indicators that this might be happening, particularly with some random mentions here and there on Twitter but no one was really expecting anything to occur given the competitiveness between the two businesses.

    2 minute read (340 words)

  • Wednesday, July 22nd 2009

    The Golden Age of mobile? Soon maybe...

    Some would say that it's already been - during the heady days of GSM Data and WAP, some would say it stalled when European clients pulled all funding from mobile internet apps in the post-dot-com-crash GPRS days, some would say that with the advent of the iPhone we're there in all it's shiny-coverflow-enabled-finger-waggling-goodness.

    3 minute read (630 words)

  • Saturday, May 10th 2008

    EEEPC's power is in the network not the machine

    It's official - I definitely am in love with ASUS' EEEPC. I liked the idea when they first came out and specifically trawled around Hong Kong computer markets to find one not long after they were launched. It's not the Apple Air or iPhone kind of aesthetic lust, I'm talking about true "in sickness and in health" type love when it comes to the EEEPC.

    2 minute read (490 words)

  • Thursday, January 31st 2008

    The state of Oz technology

    Well rarely does an entire country entice me to start ranting (and at this point I'll point out I am in fact Australian) but by crikey Australian technology hasn't really moved in the last 5 years.

    2 minute read (440 words)

  • Wednesday, December 19th 2007

    SMS Bamboozlement...

    I'm doing some work for a client at the moment who's industry is particularly technophobic. The absolute cutting edge is a bit of YouTube video thrown willy nilly into a page. I'd also point out that design is something that rarely makes an appearance in this particular industry.

    1 minute read (270 words)

  • Monday, November 5th 2007

    Bye bye OpenMoko

    Google announced today that they would be partnering up with a load of other companies including Samsung, Motorola and LG to produce a new phone "software stack". For those of us in the technology game this basically means Google plans to release mobile phone operating system to rival that of Microsoft, Symbian and the various Linux flavours out there already.

    2 minute read (480 words)

  • Friday, February 16th 2007

    please nokia slap me again - no really

    I love Nokia phones. In fact you could probably say that I have had a love affair with Nokia devices for over the last 10 years ever since my first one.

    2 minute read (510 words)