We are excited to announce a new project from ATAP, something that we have been working quietly on over…

Wow, The next moonshot. 


Google ATAP originally shared:
We are excited to announce a new project from ATAP, something that we have been working quietly on over the past year.

As we walk through our daily lives, we use visual cues to navigate and understand the world around us. We use our eyes to observe the size and shape of objects and rooms, and we learn their position and layout over time almost effortlessly . This awareness of space and motion is fundamental to the way we interact with our environment and each other.  We are physical beings that live in a 3D world. Yet, our mobile devices assume that physical world ends at the boundaries of the screen.

The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.

Our team has been working with universities, research labs, and industrial partners spanning nine countries around the world to harvest research from the last decade of work in robotics and computer vision, concentrating that technology into a unique mobile phone.  Now, we’re ready to put early prototypes into the hands of developers that can imagine the possibilities and help pull those ideas into reality. 

What if you never found yourself lost in a new building again?  What if directions to a new location didn’t stop at the street address? Imagine playing hide-and-seek in your house with your favorite game character. Imagine competing against a friend for control over physical space with your own miniature army.

We hope you will take this journey with us. We believe it will be one worth traveling.  To find out more, and apply for a development kit visit  http://bit.skyjedi.com/1eZ9yPy.

The future is awesome. Let’s build it together.

— Johnny Lee, and the ATAP Project Tango team

via http://bit.skyjedi.com/1eZ9yPB

On Motorola and Google

On Motorola and Google

There are lots of opinions flying around with the Motorola-Lenovo sale.  They vary from "Google Loses" to "Google is a Genius" Just a few:


I’d like to expand the thinking a little. When Google bought Moto in 2011 the Android ecosystem was under attack on several fronts.  First the patent wars were at their height with lawsuits filed all over the world.  Second, fragmentation was getting out of control with the introduction of Gingerbread, Honeycomb, and Ice Cream Sandwich all within 2011 and the OEM struggling to keep up.  The monolith of Samsung was rising and threatened to fork Android and turn it into a bloatware nightmare, close its devices to the community, or drop Android entirely. While Samsung thrived the other OEMs; HTC, Motorola, Sony, and LG struggled.  Something drastic needed to be done if Android was going to survive.

So in August 2011 Google bought Motorola Mobility, a struggling OEM with a knack for releasing dozens of mediocre phones per year.


Immediately after purchase the patent wars slowed down to a low burn (Only recently reignited by the RockStar Consortium).  Some could argue that the Moto patents weren't worth the price tag, but I respond by saying it cannot be measured.  No one can track the amount of lawsuits that were not filed due to the Moto patents.

Google stripped Motorola down.  They cut around 60% of the head count to around 2,300, sold off the set top group, and focused the mobile group.  In 2012 Motorola released at least 24 devices, by 2013 that number dropped to 8, 6 of which were already in the pipeline before the sale to Google.  The remaining 2 devices, The Moto X and Moto G were the real prize.  They showed the OEMs and consumers that not only could an Android device be well designed, updated in a timely fashion, and  appeal to a large market, but it could also be done cheaply and without intrusive customization.  It may not have been the greatest seller, but it took an OEM on the verge of failure and turned it into a company that has a chance at success.

Google reached out to OEMs and launched Google Play Edition devices in May 2013.  Flagship devices from HTC and Samsung without a skin, sold unlocked directly to the consumer.  Nothing but Pure Android.  It expanded to include Sony, LG, And Motorola device by the end of the year.  All the GPE devices have been updated to KitKat mere weeks after the OS’s release.

Days ago Samsung stuck a deal with Google to cross license their patents further solidifying a patent defense.  Samsung also agreed to dial back their customizations and exclusive apps, a sign that the GPE program could be rubbing off on the OEM.

Lenovo does one thing really well.  It sells to businesses.  According to NPD, Lenovo sold 23.3% of all personal computing devices in the US for 2013.  The vast majority of those to businesses.  Imagine the reactions when they are presented a solution for mobile devices that would cost up to 50% less than current models, be supported under the same framework as their work stations, and function with little to no customization.   Motorola could be in position to not only survive but thrive.

Google is playing a chess game.  The Motorola acquisition, restructuring, and subsequent sale are just a few of the moves.  But in those moves Google had accomplished three very important tasks.   They have establish a large and solid patent portfolio as well as cross-patent agreements, they reduced fragmentation of the Android ecosystem, and they re-established a struggling OEM.


via http://bit.skyjedi.com/1hTuwmM

Google’s free attitude just caught Apple

Google’s free attitude just caught Apple

Google has always offered its services for free.  Free web browser, free email, free mobile OS, and free OS.  They have never charged for an update for any service.

Today, Apple has joined them.  OSX 10.9: Free.  iWork: Free.  iLife: free.  They all have the caveat of “with new iOS or Mac purchase” but in a year that won’t matter.  Basically the whole entry-level Apple software suite is free.

All of a sudden Apple and Google are competing on the same cost level.   Now its all about features.

#tweet   #blog  #micro-who?

by Luke Olson via https://plus.google.com/107295341423763791593/posts/ijsA829RLVG

Google’s iron grip on Android, Nonsense

Google’s iron grip on Android, Nonsense

Just a couple examples of the development on the AOSP apps.

Calendar app released on oct27, 2012


Google Music Released on Nov, 2011


All have been developed and improved on AFTER the release of the corresponding google app.  Sure in each instant only a handful of changes were made, but AOSP is supposed to deliver a bareboned but fully functional OS.

Google releasing these apps is good thing for one reason.  The OEM dont use the AOSP apps, they rip them out and use their closed sourced apps that are tethered to the OS and to only their specific devices.  

Google releases their closed sourced apps for free.  They would on any current device and offer a better experience and faster updates than the OEM's could ever fathom.

#tweet   #blog  

Google’s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary
Android is open—except for all the good parts.

by Luke Olson via https://plus.google.com/107295341423763791593/posts/Gp6qXMxyYLa

Thinkup, explore your data

Thinkup, explore your data

Facebook, Twitter and Google+ (and the NSA) know everything about you.  Wouldn't it be nice to have access to all that data in a more meaningful way than an archive zip? 

That's where +ThinkUp comes in.  Founded and maintained by +Anil Dash and +Gina Trapani, It also backups up your social networks and allows you to not only view but gives you insights.  It can tell you if a tweet made your followers happy, if you people like your new profile pic better than the new one, what lists you are on, the popularity of your followers, which post garnered the largest reaction last week, and a lot more.  You can also search your posts.  

The best part of Thinkup is that it is an open sourced project.  The source code is availible on GitHub (https://github.com/ginatrapani/ThinkUp) and they have a downloadable file availible for anyone to install on a web server for free (https://www.thinkup.com/docs/).  Its a quick and easy setup process.  I managed to do it in about 30 minutes on my +DreamHost server.  

After installing and letting Thinkup crawl my social networks I was presented with my data.  One thing that I have learned that I have a rather modest following. Its still great to see my tweets from 2 years ago, what my most popular post was, and be able to search my posts.  
Thinkup (https://www.thinkup.com/join/) has a public funding sign up to the service that will launch in January 2014.  This service will provide everything you need to simply login and see your data.  No web server knowledge necessary.

Thinkup is a great idea to get more out of all the data you have given to social networks for years.  Its your data, start using it.

#repost #blog

Join ThinkUp
Join ThinkUp and be happy about the time you spend on Twitter and Facebook.

by Luke Olson via https://plus.google.com/107295341423763791593/posts/aK7KVwTPAwZ