Lately if you are on any social media platform you are probably being bombarded by people posting videos and status updates about how the new Facebook Messenger app is tapping their phone and how this is the worst thing to ever happen. This is largely the fault of the Huffington Post.
Personally I am a huge fan of Android, I have been a user for some time and I have even developed several apps which are being used by more than 50,000 users total. It should come as no surprise that when Google first Announced Android Wear I was excited and when everybody at Google IO 2014 (which I didn’t win a ticket to!) received a device I was jealous. I finally got my hands on the LG G Watch, in my opinion the nicest looking of the first 3 Android Wear watches.
The CreatorBot is the first affordable Two Color commercial, there are many 3D printers on Kickstarter but this one is one of the more interesting machines. I am looking forward to seeing printers of this quality out on the market. You can see more of it on their page.
I am a big fan of the Raspberry Pi, I have used several different versions including the Model A, and B. I have also been using the Banana Pi, a board build from the Raspberry Pi with beefed up hardware. Today a package arrived at my apartment and inside was the new Raspberry Pi Model B+. First impressions of the board are nice, and some of the improvements are exciting and some of the improvements lead me to believe there might be a Raspberry Pi 2 in the near future.
I want a laser cutter, although I can easily build prototypes and 3D print all the small cases and stuff I am still lacking something of a professional clean finish. Laser cutters are big, expensive machines that certainly don’t really belong in my apartment (I am sure my girlfriend wouldn’t be happy). The laser cube not only fixes this, but is open source at that.
The Cake Board is a unique bread BreadBoard that will make it a lot easier to do some things while prototyping. This board is not only compatible with LEGO which is just the coolest but it is also double sided which makes stacking the boards or connecting the GPIO pins from a RaspberryPi or Arduino to the board super easy. This board is on Kickstarter right now and you can check out the page here.
Ubuntu has always been about breaking new ground. We broke the ground with the desktop back in 2004, we have broken the ground with cloud orchestration across multiple clouds and providers, and we are building a powerful, innovative mobile and desktop platform that is breaking ground with convergence.
Today was the keynote for Google’s developer conference, Google I/O. This is an exciting time for people who develop for and work with Google’s services and platforms like Android, Chrome, and ChromeOS. This year all kinds of exciting new things were announced like Android L, Android apps running on your Chromebook and Android TV. These are all new form factors for app developers and designers to consider when working with these services but it is exciting to be a consumer right now and get to experience some of this stuff.
The Keon is the developer preview device for Mozilla’s new mobile operating system Firefox OS. This phone is a small reference device similar to the ZTE Open and the Firefox Flame with lower end specs and a small profile. The Keon is manufactured by Geeksphone and is intended for developers, generally not regular consumers.
The Raspberry Pi is such a powerful little thing. It empowers people to learn and grow and it is the projects that really make it what it is. The TiddlyBot is one of the best educational projects on Kickstarter right now. It is a small robot that can draw, follow lines, and help with learning about technology. You can check out the TiddlyBot on it’s Kickstarter page.