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April 07, 2017

Setting Up a Light Sensor with an Arduino and a Raspberry Pi

Motivation: About three to six times a day, the sun decides to make life in our trendy, skylit San Francisco office ever so slightly painful for at least one of my colleagues, forcing them to get up and use a long metal rod to slide the fashionable skylight drapes shut. In my never-ending quest to make something in the IoT (Internet of Things) sphere that would remedy this perennial obstacle to productivity, I began with the data collection side of things. Sensors. I bought a fairly cheap Arduino-for-babies kit, grabbed the closest Raspberry Pi I could reach, and got started.

February 09, 2017

Customer Research & Mobile Excellence: An Interview With Jon Hoover Of Procore

As a product manager at Procore Technologies, Jon Hoover is responsible for the discovery and delivery of two world class mobile applications built for the construction professional. Procore for iOS and Procore for Android are both natively built for each platform by a dedicated team of in-house developers. He works with them to research, design, and develop apps that meet very specific customer needs. He meets with customers in their native environments, solicits feedback from internal marketing-facing teams, partners with executive and strategy teams, and works closely every day with designers and developers. He owns the product vision for Procore’s mobile applications, and works closely with other Product Managers to ensure changes made to Procore's mobile platform are done in concert with all other platforms.

August 05, 2016

Walk Up and Do Anything using the Physical Web

What is the Physical Web? After working with iBeacons in iOS, we wanted to see if there was a similar technology available for Android users. This was where we discovered Eddystone, an open Bluetooth protocol that supports several varieties of data packets so your beacon can emit different types of information.

April 26, 2016

Prototyping Your First IoT Product? Here’s What to Expect

The Internet of Things (IoT) isn’t just buzz; it’s big business. Connected technology initiatives are making waves at Microsoft, Dell, and SAP, but they’re also cropping up in unexpected everyday places like farmlands, basketball courts, and bicycle races. Before we know it, the IoT will manage our homes, tend our gardens, and even monitor our mailboxes.

March 07, 2016

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.