Guides, how-to’s and tutorials for some of our biggest engineering challenges.
VR Is No Gimmick: How Virtual Worlds Will Change Our Reality
Just over 20 years ago, Nintendo debuted the Virtual Boy. Although the device didn’t give us the virtual experience we’d hoped for — and was, in fact, ridiculed at the time for its convoluted controls and cheesy imagery — I still remember playing with the device and feeling like there was something magical about it. That futuristic excitement I felt as a kid has since come to fruition. Although Nintendo charged ahead of its time with the Virtual Boy, it inspired a generation of developers like me to dream about what virtual reality could be.
Breathing Life Back Into Retro Games With VR Technology
At Yeti, we build a lot of digital products for businesses. We’ve crafted complex analytics applications, weather crowdsourcing software, and career services platforms. But working on Chelsea Handler: Gotta Go brought out our fun side, and we’ve recently been working on another game prototype: a virtual reality game called Tiny Eye, inspired by a classic childhood game.
Emoji Ticker: An Adventure in Hardware Prototyping
The Project: A few weeks ago, I was put on perhaps the most fun internal project anyone has ever been given in the history of Yeti. The goal? Create an LED ticker that would flash emoji in response to people posting emoji-linked excuses on one of our apps, Chelsea Handler’s Gotta Go! If you’re unfamiliar with this app, the gist is that you can set an “excuse” consisting of texts or phone calls that your phone can pester you with later at a set time.
Lessons From Launching Chelsea Handler: Gotta Go
With launching any new project, a variety of insights and lessons are learned on both the technical and business end of things. It was certainly no exception when we launched the Gotta Go app in collaboration with famous comedian Chelsea Handler. When launching an application we typically gain users organically and scaling issues are managed over time as the user base grows. With Chelsea Handler’s Gotta Go, it was a unique situation because we immediately had thousands of people downloading and using the app, after it’s debut on Netflix.
Top 5 New Year's Resolutions for Developers
For product developers, it's important to think about ways to improve your professional performance and personal well-being alike in the coming year. Whether you're a junior developer or you have years of experience already, it's important to tune in to the world around you and work on ways to improve your own skills and enhance the greater developer community. Here are a few suggestions: