Backstage @ Robotics

Just some interesting stuff from my tour in Microsoft.

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  • Blog Post: Seattle Mini-Maker Faire is coming up!

    For those who are in the Seattle or PNW area, and if you’re a geek who loves robots or just tinkering with electronics and stuff, don’t miss this event. we’ll be there en-force with all our robots. Come over to our booth and say hi!  
  • Blog Post: TEN YEARS!

    Wow. and I’m still here. You know when folks come up to me and ask me how are things in my part of the world, I find myself saying “great! I’m still surviving.”. It’s funny how I’ve transitioned from “Awesome! just great” or “Fantastic” to “Still surviving”. I guess all the changes within the company...
  • Blog Post: First-Person Makerbot CNC Unboxing Video

    Got my Makerbot a week ago and filmed the whole unboxing thing using my ContourHD Helmetcam . It’s featured on Makerbot.com’s Blog . I recorded this in the middle  of the night so apologies for the volume, I had to speak softly so I don’t wake my kids.
  • Blog Post: Why I’m feeling good about Bing

    I know I work for Microsoft, so I might be biased, but please tell me how Google search is better in this one specific case? Google’s seem to have more ads! while Bing’s has the useful left nav bar and the easy math that they’ve already done to remind my family that they have 6 days to get me presents...
  • Blog Post: Omniano “The Band” for" Windows Mobile

    Ever wished you could use your mobile device to play musical instruments? Check it out! it’s a Piano, a Flute and a Drum Kit all in one app. Watch the video demo here :   Someone named Sheon from Korea made this and released it on his blog . Make sure you download and install v1 ( http://sheon.tistory...
  • Blog Post: Twikini 1.0 released, now with special pricing for starving bloggers!

    CJ just pinged me to let me know Twikini has hit v1.0 and it’s final. Woohoo! here are the new updates in v1. Official version 1.0 (May 20, 2009) New: Added Public timeline. Now you can read tweets from total strangers! New: Fast account switching - now you can quickly switch between multiple Twitter...
  • Blog Post: Smackdown Setlist

    Thanks everyone for coming to the Smackdown at TechEd 2009 today. as promised, here’s the list of applications that we showed off. Live Mesh Kinoma Spb Mobile Shell 3.0 Spb TV Fart Machine Eduify Facebook Mobile Mobile Manager for Netflix Dasher Pocketwit Internet Explorer Mobile (not available for download...
  • Blog Post: Text Input with one finger and no clicking : Dasher

    This came though a Facebook post by Vittorio Bertocci and it’s fascinating! it’s a form of typing without having to click or type anything using just one finger. You navigate through “books” of letters in sequence allow you to write a sentence by navigating through letters. checkout the video here :...
  • Blog Post: Stylus be gone!

    This is how I roll these days. In order to ensure I do my part to make our products better, I've decided to toss out my stylus and survive on using my finger. That way, i) I won’t get confused anymore which I should be using, and ii) I feel every little nuance of using the finger to operate my phone...
  • Blog Post: Pick a fantasy app and win a Fuze

    The Internet Geek Girl is running a quick voting exercise around the Fantasy Apps activity at #SXSW recently. Go over to her blog to find out more details and vote away. You might just win an AT&T Fuze device.
  • Blog Post: Do you have a fantasy application? we do!

    Have you ever thought about a cool mobile application? Have you wished that your phone was a phaser? maybe a visual caloric recognizer? or even a Universal Translator? At SXSW Interactive, The Internet Geek Girl will be conducting video interviews with nine famous bloggers to find out what their fantasy...
  • Blog Post: Want some MyPhone beta invites?

    We love Twitter! We’re using Twitter a lot these days, so here are some twitter accounts where you can try to get invites to the MyPhone beta. MSMyPhone – The My Phone product team has been tweeting codes throughout the week. windowsmobile – The Windows Mobile Consumer Team will be releasing 15 codes...
  • Blog Post: Want free games for Windows Mobile?

    The Windows Mobile Developer Team is giving away free games to some cool WM games over at their Twitter account. Follow them here : http://www.twitter.com/wmdev Some games that they’re giving away are Guitar Hero 3, Texas Hold’em and more. here are the instructions once you get your code: http://www...
  • Blog Post: Windows Mobile Unified Sensor API on Codeplex

    Koush has moved his fabulous Managed Unified Sensor API over to Codeplex , now anyone can contribute to improve upon the functionalities or download it to start writing really cool Accelerometer apps. Take a look at some of the innovative ideas from the community : http://wmpoweruser.com/?p=1320
  • Blog Post: Tag Me

    Point your phones to http://gettag.mobi and download the client. then tag away! you can always make new tags for yourself and share it with everyone. Use tags for products, pages, URLs etc.   here’s a Tag that leads your mobile browser to my Twitter account: It’s a simple way for your to create...
  • Blog Post: Top Five Best Windows Mobile Devices

    *Updated with a new #4. Switched the Touch Diamond for the Excalibur* According to me. :) I know everybody has their own favs but here are my five in order of preference.   #1. Palm Treo Pro (Panther) - Designed for One hand operation, Palm did an amazing job at making this phone usable from the...
  • Blog Post: THIS is what you call Mobile Web Browsing

    WOW. Don’t usually post stuff that are borderline illegal but look at what browsing on the HTC Touch HD with Internet Explorer 6 mobile looks like. checkout the whole post here : http://www.modaco.com/content/blackstone-blackstone-modaco-com/277328/modaco-custom-rom-for-blackstone-1-08-12-17-ie6-cf3...
  • Blog Post: Ever wanted to just disappear from the world for a while?

    These guys are Trinket software are cool! they keep on building and releasing simple yet useful applications that YOU WILL USE unlike apps that do nothing but let you watch swimming fish . The latest app is called Do Not Disturb which is currently in beta, allows you to configure your Windows Mobile...
  • Blog Post: Happy Holidays!

    don’t you love the Variable Video features that Disney used in their Flash video? Wish we could do that.   Happy Holidays everyone.
  • Blog Post: Pandora for Windows Mobile Available

    Alright, here it is! I’ve been using Pandora just recently and gotten to love it (yes I know, “been there done that”) and love the way it recommends similar music based on the style you like. Pandora is available for other phones and just recently they launched the first Windows Mobile version for the...
  • Blog Post: Verizon launches the Omnia!

    Nice! Finally a new phone from Verizon. They need to ship more phones quicker, I have a ton of friends on Verizon that need upgrades. here are the specs: (resolution is a bummer though, 240x400 and not the VGA version)   Full HTML Web browser with touch navigation Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional...
  • Blog Post: Spin the Bottle – Touch Diamond edition

    Daniel Siegl from Lieber Lieber Software wrote me a mail to let me know that he got inspired by our Accelerometer showcase at the Mobility Smackdown session at TechEd EMEA ,and he quickly wrote a Spin The Bottle application to demonstrate how it can be done quickly.   go download it and give it...
  • Blog Post: Live Mesh (tech preview) for Mobile available now.

    To those of you who have Live Mesh accounts, you can download the Live Mesh mobile client now from www.mesh.com . URL for Direct Download is : https://www.mesh.com/install/wm6/LiveMesh.cab if you don’t have an account, ping me via email and I’ll send you an invite.
  • Blog Post: New Samsung Omnia w 806mhz CPU and 800x480 WVGA screens

      Checkout these specs compared to the older Omnia (right). (sorry for the untranslated Korean)   Looks a little thicker though. wonder if they’ve updated the widget homescreen to make it more usable. With the 806mhz CPU, watching HD video would be very nice now.   Full release: http:...
  • Blog Post: The O Fone is REAL!

    I’m not kidding!! We made this parody for the MEDC 2007 keynote 1.5 years ago:   And now Motorola just announced the availability of their new phone called the AURA with circular screen! This is just hilarious!   it’s PRICY though at 2k a pop and it doesn’t run Windows Mobile.. oh well.
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