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Health Trackers & The Product Performance v Confidence Paradox

Health Trackers & The Product Performance v Confidence Paradox

I’m a fan of CBC Radio’s Spark Podcast, and over the weekend, I listened to ep 263 which included an interview with MIT Professor Natasha Dow Schüll. Her 2012 book Addiction by Design, centers around UX design of gambling machines and compulsive online gaming. In…

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R2-D2 Is in Star Wars: Episode VII, and He’s Fan-Made | via Star Wars Blog

R2-D2 Is in Star Wars: Episode VII, and He’s Fan-Made | via Star Wars Blog

This was super cool to see – makers from the R2-D2 fan club got jobs working on EP VII. I’ve met some of these guys at Maker Faires, and their work is top notch. They are CNC-ing parts, writing their own software, etc. I’ve spent…

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System Integration: Expert Jacks-of-all-Trades

System Integration: Expert Jacks-of-all-Trades

  “So you’re a electrical engineer?” the interviewer asks quizzically, squinting at my resume. Not exactly. I’ve been getting this kind of question for all of my adult life. It started at college career fairs – the unlucky recruiters at booths for companies like Lockheed…

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Bluetooth on a Bike Helmet?

Bluetooth on a Bike Helmet?

With the advent of mounting my iPhone on my bicycle handlebars, I quickly wanted more audio integration – especially knowing that it was only a matter of time before a pothole sent my handlebars into my teeth as I leaned in to command Siri. I’ve…

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My Bicycle Has a Better Nav+Sound System Than My Car

My Bicycle Has a Better Nav+Sound System Than My Car

I’ve been saying for years that auto companies ought to cede their in-dash bravado, and just pipe in the content, UI and capabilities from smartphones and tablets. Given their longer product development cycles and the fact that dashboard user interface is not their primary focus,…

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