Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gait,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

-William Ernest Henley

Apr 09

Join me at GITPRO World Conference 2016

I will be presenting at GITPRO World Conference 2016 on April 23rd.

Creating Fun with Wearables, IoT, & MQTT

The purpose of this talk is to inspire an exploration of creativity utilizing the skills you already have and maybe some new ones to create and have fun doing it.  This is a 30 minute talk that is designed for all skill levels.  So if you are new to Wearables and IoT or an old pro just looking for new ways to think about things this talk is for you.

During this talk I will be presenting an interactive experience with a one of a kind wearable and discuss how I turned the wearable into an IoT device using MQTT.  I will discuss the path I traveled to create something new and how you can do the same thing.  This talk will also explore how to use your expanded skill sets in your projects.  

Explore, Create, & Play…Start today.

To register for this conference please visit the even site: GITPRO World Conference

GITPRO World Conference 2016

Jan 09

Would you wear Google Glass if it looked like this?



LAS VEGAS — Of all the problems with Google Glass, the biggest one was social acceptance. No matter what they did for you, the device simply looked too dorky for the vast majority of the public to consider wearing.

But what if it had looked almost exactly like a regular pair of glasses? That’s the dream of smart glasses, and companies like ODG and Vuzix have been working toward that goal for years. There’s been progress, but there hasn’t been a smart-glass concept that addresses what consumers ostensibly want: A device that looks like a regular pair of glasses.

More about Ces, Tech, Gadgets, Google Glass, and Smart Glasses

from Mashable

Jan 07

Score 1 for the Power of Hugs

There was one unfamiliar voice among the group last night.  I might not have noticed immediately except in the background he had some sort of rage music playing.  Several requests were proffered in attempt to have him turn it out.  At this point he start talking about how good it was and how it was his favorite.   There was some general teasing that occurred.  Everyone was clearly not enjoying the music.  So I asked why the music was so important.  The young man (17?) then started to express how much hate he had for his family and how he wished they would die.  His language was hyper aggressive and he was very adamant about his position of hate.

It was at this point I decided to see if the energy could be shifted into a more positive light.  “You know what I think?  I think you just need some love.  In fact I think you also need a hug so I am sending you a virtual hug”  It was at this point something interesting happened.  Everyone that was in the game started telling this guy they were sending him hugs and love.  Everyone sent him a message with the word love written in it as people were taking turns telling him how they would hug him.  

Then the music changed.  The messages changed.  The anger/rage subsided and in it’s place was a young man that was vulnerable and saying that deep down he really did just want to love and be loved.  In fact it was such a profound shift of energy he stopped playing the video game and started sending people in the party loving and kind messages for the rest of the next two matches of the game.  

winScore 1 for the power of a hug!

“The true meaning of Love. Something no human can live without for it’s the true meaning of happiness for it’s what gives us something to live for and carry on in our life’s for love is in all our hearts and so we must share it with others in need of it”  -LittleExRageMonkey*

This is a small excerpt of what he messaged to me.


*Name changed for privacy
Jan 06

DigiLens helmet adds augmented reality view for motorcyclists



While companies like Microsoft are showing off augmented reality tools like the HoloLens, which is designed for stationary users, a company called DigiLens has just unveiled a kind of mobile AR tool that motorcyclists will soon be able to use to navigate the road

At first glance, the easiest way to describe the device is as “Google Glass for motorcycle helmets,” except the viewing lens is significantly larger


DigiLens’ device magnetically fastens itself to the rider’s helmet, just in front of the eye, delivering real-time updates on information including traffic warnings, fuel usage, speed and engine functions. The outside world data streamed into the lens is culled from a 360-degree view of traffic and road conditions around the biker Read more…

More about Ces, Augmented Reality, Tech, Apps Software, and Dev Design

from Mashable

Dec 28

4 exciting Australian startups to watch in 2016



2015 was a big year for Australian startups — the government decided it wanted an “ideas boom,” announcing a A$1.1 billion (US$799 million) innovation fund, and Sydney-based software darling Atlassian went public in a big way.

Startup fever has hit Australia, and 2016 should be just as eventful. Here are 4 startups — some big, some up-and-coming — to keep an eye on in the new year.

1. Canva

It’s been a bumper year for Sydney-based graphic design startup CanvaFounded in 2012 by Melanie Perkins, Cliff Obrecht and Cameron Adams, Canva this year claimed 5 million users who have created more than 35 million designs on the platform. Read more…

More about Startups, Australia, Business, Dev Design, and Gadgets

from Mashable

Dec 28

This is what Google Glass 2.0 looks like



Google’s not done with Google Glass just yet. We finally have our first look at what the rebooted augmented reality glasses will look like. Spoiler alert: Not very different.

The first images of Google Glass 2.0 have appeared online courtesy of documents posted to the Federal Communications Commission website.

The augmented reality glasses shown in the images are reportedly for the Google Glass “Enterprise Edition,” the rebooted version of Glass being worked on by Tony Fadell and his team

Whereas the original Google Glass “Explorer Edition” was aimed at consumers, the Explorer Edition is designed to help in the workplace. As previously reported, the new version of Google Glass has a larger glass prism, a faster Intel Atom processor, 5GHz Wi-Fi for more bandwidth-intensive tasks such as video streaming, and a more rugged and waterproof design. Read more…

More about Google, Wearables, Leak, Small Business, and Tech

from Mashable

Dec 02

Buying a smartwatch as a gift this holiday? Here’s what to get



The smartwatch market is still in its infancy, and as tech companies and traditional watchmakes alike scramble to capture the interest of would-be buyers, consumers have almost too many options

Do you opt for the high-priced wrist candy advertised by Apple as the Tiffany of wearable tech, or do you wade into the world of a hundred notifications and apps that typify Android-powered devices? The choices can be daunting, especially if you’re rushing to get a holiday gift for the techie in your life

But fear not: The following is all you need to know about buying a smartwatch in late 2015. Read more…

More about Ios, Wearable Tech, Tech, Gadgets, and Mobile

from Mashable