Let’s build some gadgets!…

Let’s build some gadgets!


The Barrelfish OS

Here is an interesting open source project built from scratch in a collaboration between ETH Zurich in Switzerland and Microsoft Research Cambridge in the UK – a scalable new OS architecture for multi-core systems


It can be downloaded from here:

first release snapshot

#concept, #open-source

Google proves Earth moves (and just about anyone inhabiting it)

Paranoid fits aside, Google is demonstrating incredible technology that will transform Google Earth from geolocation database to a virtual world and indispensable news-monitoring tool. Just imagine that in couple years, reading news will be nothing compared to zooming and staring at little manequins crowded at important events. Such as zooming over union strikes will show you how people on the strike move along the streets, accompanied with real-time news-flow from news sites and the mandatory censoring and manipulation of data by switching to simulated peaceful mode when the police squads are sent tasering people in sight.

If you had this technology today provided via Google Maps API, how would you use it?

The Mandatory Google Wave thread, so we …

The Mandatory Google Wave thread, so we all enjoy the real-time Web innovation. If anyone gets an invite or has invites to spare, please share in this thread. My email is…


…and I still haven’t got one.

#google, #invite, #wave

Microsoft has something steaming hot at …

Microsoft has something steaming hot at his hands, something to make even the most fervent Apple-cart fanbois cringe in envy. I think we’re all aware of Microsoft Courier dual-screen tablet.

Why I believe Microsoft Courier can succeed?

  • Self-protective design. Similar to Nintendo DS/DSi, both screens protect each other in a closed state. Apple Tablet does not promise any protective design, making caring for 7-10 inch screen an issue to consider.
  • LCD Tablet for the masses. Wacom Cintiq plays Adobe’s game and holds a high price tag of $999 barring amateurs and enthusiasts from access to LCD drawing. Even without pressure sense of Wacom tablets, Courier could prove to be the best way to learn people to draw using reference material, positioning art into panels for comics or storyboards.
  • Usability-minded product focus with real-life applications. Apple Tablet’s expected marketing will be too much focused on multimedia and gaming. Rumored support for iPhone apps will provide initial productivity boost but iPhone apps are known to provide constrained or pseudo-usability. It will take time, or might prove impossible, to provide the level of integration that Courier could provide out of the box.

Why I believe Microsoft Courier can fail?

  • Exorbitant price. Given that demonstrations has shown Courier being targetted at designers, engineers, and such. first generation hardware can make this device unreachable for the general population at prices over $800. EeeReader from ASUS may be the alternative, stealing the basic design and cheap-ifying it.
  • Closed Platform. Without SDK and third-party support, tossing information in a spiffy OneNote or drawing with MS Paint inspired Corel Painter wannabe can get old pretty fast. The worst thing that could happen to Courier is to end up a closed platform, or Apple-like cripped hardware held back by business policy not to make it too open to developers. Once again, Microsoft will have one chance to play fair ot lose the game to the taiwanese companies. ASUS would love if M$ plays El Jobso with Microosft Courier, as it’s a chance for EeeReader.

What are you going to use a Microsoft Courier in your life?

Gizmodo can be a real spirit-drowner som…

Gizmodo can be a real spirit-drowner sometimes when they tell you Palm Pre business is bound to drag worse than dealing with App Store. I shudden remembering my business operation with Apple and App Store, so if Palm is supposed to be worse, I am that close to giving up. When you hear of 27 weeks in review limbo, you know it’s time to get all those printed app ideas and shred them to tiny bits.

On the brighter side, Android Open Alliance is a group of Droid coders who believe Google Experience apps are not made of heavenly light and shouldn’t put tears in Cyanogen’s eyes, as they can be exchanged with fully open-source set of apps that provide the same usability. So far they are looking for complete solutions to prepackage and build up some cheap short-term hype, but I am hoping they listen to my issue-writing wisdom and develop everything from scratch in order to implement more advanced, more capable and plugin-friendly solutions that support even more services and features out of the core.

Dawn of Social Voicecaster

Engadget have posted today the announcement of Lighthouse SQ7 by AdelaVoice – Internet Tablet intended for posting on Twitter and Facebook via voice recognition. The tablet has bare minimum of features, does not use any worth noting operating system, has almost no multimedia capabilities and is limited to Twitter, Facebook widgets, Image gallery, and Webkit based browsing. Yet, it demonstrates near-perfect Voice-casting to Twitter and Facebook. Impressive.

Alas, the device requires Push-to-Talk feature that needs manual reach to the device. This makes it hard to use anywhere, such as lying on the bed, standing across the room, or being anywhere you don’t have the device with you. If I were to design such a product, I would have done it a screenless computer worn around the neck, around the wrist. The device would then communicate with just about any screen-based device such as computers, mobile phones, LCD picture frames for text confirmation, or would allow direct no-confirmation posting, or screenless confirmation by text-to-voice repeating and voice command agreement to post as text, agreement to post as audio attachment (via hosting audio file) or canceling.