Mar 03

Apple CarPlay Demo

Here’s something that Volvo just posted:

Update:

And Apple now has a page on CarPlay up now as well.

Mar 02

The Nest Thermostat

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I’ve been seriously considering getting the Nest Learning Thermostat for the house. It’s a learning thermostat, as opposed to a straight programmable thermostat. What that means is that the thermostat learns from your behavior about how it sets the temperature in your house. So, for example, if it learns that you’re away from 8:30am to 3:30pm each day, it’ll readjust the temperature in the house to save some money on your heating and cooling cost. With a regular programmable thermostat, you have to set this up yourself.

One of the ways that it does this is by sensing when you’re not home. There’s a sensor in the device that detects when you walk by it.

One of the reasons I’ve been holding off on getting it so far is that our thermostat is in a location in the house which we don’t walk by very often. So, what to do?

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Well it turns out that Nest makes another product, Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detector, which can help. Not only can this device detect smoke and carbon monoxide, but it also has sensors in it so that if there’s a false alarm (like, say, burning toast), you can turn it off by waving your hand.

The cool thing is that the Nest Protect can communicate with the Nest Learning Thermostat, which effectively increases sensor network in the device. That means, even if your thermostat is in a weird place that people don’t walk by very often, walking by a Nest Protect smoke detector will send a message to the Nest Thermostat, telling it that someone is in the house.

Devices that communicate with each other, enhancing their effectiveness. Very cool!

Mar 01

iOS Books List Added

I added a page with iOS Programming Books listed, in case you’re interested in learning how to program for iPhone and iPad.

Mar 01

Mythbusters Ice Cannon Ball

Yikes.

Mar 01

iPhone Case

I upgraded to an iPhone 5s a couple of months after the new phones were released. After going a couple of weeks without one, I thought it’d be a good idea to get a new case before I dropped the phone on the floor and cracked it.

There are so many iphone cases on the market right now
that it was hard for me to figure out which one to get. The iPhone 5s’ sleek design is great, and the weight of the thing is pretty amazing, especially to someone like me who waited a long time to upgrade. (I was sporting a 3GS, believe it or not). I really wanted to get a case that was ultra thin, but after looking into it, I decided that something that was a bit bigger would be better. A thin case might look great, but if what you’re trying to do in the end is just protect the phone, a thin case might not be the best way to go.

What I decided on was an OtterBox Defender in Grey/White. They have a LOT of different color cases to choose from.

It’s been a few months since I’ve had it, and I’m very pleased with how it’s held up. No scratches at all on the outer casing, and the thing came with a built in screen protector, so I didn’t have to fork out the extra money for one of those.

Dec 15

Heat Your Home With Pop Cans

This is one of the coolest (ha!) solar heating panels I’ve heard about. Very interesting tech!

Nov 16

Room Temperature Quantum Bit Storage Exceeding 39 Minutes

Room temperature quantum bit storage for over 39 minutes. It’ll be interesting to see how long they can extend this.

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/342/6160/830

Oct 05

Self-Assembling Robots

Oct 04

The Real Voice of Siri

Sep 05

Prince Rupert’s Drop Demonstration

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