Popar Toys

With the upcoming Augmented World Expo (www.augmentedworldexpo.com) 2015, I wanted to quickly share how "Harry Potter-like" AR actually is, a short snippet of a video taken at AWE2014...more to come in the days prior to June 8-10, 2015!   … [Read more...]

Robotic Personal Chef!

At CES 2015, Serenti Kitchen introduced Cooki, the closes thing to a robotic chef that cooks healthy food for busy people. Based on the concept of Keurig, where you buy K-Cups to put in coffee machines, Cooki builds "food pods" you could pick up at the grocery store or have delivered so you don't even have to cut the veggies! You first use your smart device to choose from a list of recipes from famous chefs, restaurants, friends, grandmothers, etc. Then you open your refrigerator and get out the trays of fresh, ┬ápre-cut, pre-washed, pre-portioned food and load it into the machine. Tap your smart device and Cooki starts cooking. Each ingredient will be added at the right time & temperature. And a robotic arm above it's own heating surface cooks until it's ready to consume. Watch Cooki at work in the video below:   Watch the evolution of Cooki from prototype to the state it was shown at CES in the video below:   Cooki is now on the well-known … [Read more...]

The Wearable Future

  As stated in an earlier post, Optical Head Mounted Devices (OHMD's), that stood upon the shoulders of Google Glass, have been helping businesses streamline many mundane chores that could be done (even better) than by humans alone. Indeed, the wearable community is growing, and I knew that the instant I first heard a whisper of their presence. Watch this great video by Price Waterhouse Cooper entitled "Spotlight on the Wearable Future" (image taken from video). Don't miss this bandwagon! It's reality. … [Read more...]

“Nanobuds” Can Turn Almost Any Surface into a Touch Sensor

To the left is an image of a transparent film that has carbon nanobuds. These nanobuds are molecular tubes of carbon with ball-like appendages that could turn almost any surface, regardless of its shape, into a sensor! The awesome company that came up with this has also come up with really awesome wearable technologies. Visit Canatu's site and you'll be there until your beer is warm without noticing the time you've spent there! So if we "wearable enthusiasts" think about it, this could be the breakthrough we've been waiting for! Imagine adding touch controls to car consoles and dashboards and even bent around something as thin as earbuds so they could be handy for adding buttons to flexible devices. Typical touchscreens are made by overlaying a display screen with a transparent sheet of indium tin oxide. The problem with this is that it's brittle, so it can't be used on anything but flat surfaces. As this technology has developed, they first had a problem with using carbon … [Read more...]

UXSynergy – One of My Startups

Some examples of our work include these "homey, comfortable" sites to host our online meetings: … [Read more...]

The “Mini-Mix11 Conference” at the Microsoft Store

The weekend before MIX11 Conference, I organized from idea to full implementation for these global developer rockstars to speak to local developers at The Microsoft Store. Many can't afford to go, many can't take off work. so the weekend before we left for MIX11, these were the speakers at the store: To see a video of the autographed TShirts we made for MSFT execs, watch this video!!! … [Read more...]

Victor’s Nomination for Me to be a Silverlight MVP

"I have known Kim for years now and I do not think I have ever met anyone more passionate about the Microsoft development stack. Further, she has a deep, pure passion for bringing that these technologies to the community. To this day I have never witnessed anyone with more contacts in the Microsoft development community, more knowledge of the inter-workings of the community at large and the ability to make a special community event with nothing more than her love of the technology, Silverlight specifically, and her little black book of "heavy hitters" in the Microsoft development community. It is for these reasons that I asked Kim to volunteer to be the Los Angeles Silverlight Usergroup's (LASLUG) Special Events Coordinator. In her short time with LASLUG she has brought on many new sponsors, setup special events such as our new Online Meeting/Show, and even raised capitol to help fund the initiatives she plans for us. Bringing Kim aboard was the best move I could have made for LASLUG. … [Read more...]