“#Smartphones and #tablets have essentially become the new #printers : things that do not work, and are not expected to work, and whose primary purpose is to inspire gothic conversations about the ultimate futility of the human condition. People buy mobile devices for the same reason that goldfish swim in their tiny bowls: it’s something to do while we wait for death”
3D Capture with iPad brought to you by Structure Sensor
(Phys.org) —A sensor for capturing the world in three dimensions is coming to the iPad. A Kickstarter project that launched on Tuesday seeks funds for its Structure Sensor, which is a portable sensor that clamps on to the back of the iPad for 3D on the go. The device, says its creators at Occipital, is the first 3D sensor designed to work with mobile devices. The device is to ship February. With Structure Sensor, the user can capture models of rooms or play augmented reality games. The creators gave it a mobile range that begins at 40 centimeters and stretches to over 3.5 meters. The device can capture anything, they said, from teddy bear to an entire room. Developers are encouraged to take advantage of Structure Sensor for building mobile applications that interact with the 3D geometry of the real world.
The iPad (4th generation) is officially supported and the plan is to officially support future iPad and iPad mini models with corresponding brackets once they are released. Developers would be building with Xcode, the Integrated Development Environment with Apple tools for developing software. The Structure Sensor is designed to work with the Apple Lightning connector. Once connected, the Structure’s own infrared sensor and camera for depth perception go to work with the iPad.
Developers who do not work with Apple technologies are told that they can also try using Structure Sensor via a USB Hacker Cable, as the team built “hackability” in its DNA. As for the SDK kit, four screw holes on the bottom allow the non-Apple developers to mount to almost anything. The team is prepared to provide open CAD models for creating custom brackets. With the Hacker Cable one can connect to almost any platform that supports USB, according to the team. They are also prepared to provide open source drivers for multiple platforms including Windows, Android, OS X, and Linux.
The aluminum Structure Sensor is available in: Ice Blue and Silver; the choice of aluminum allows for a thermal core that keeps the precision optics inside at an optimal temperature. The chemically hardened glass surface at the top, says the team, optimizes the depth image quality while protecting the infrared emitter and camera inside.
BeeLine Reader makes reading faster and easier by using a color gradient that guides your eyes from the end of one line to the beginning of the next. This gradient makes you less likely to skip or repeat lines, so you read faster. See it in action below, or install our bookmarklet now.
Yes, you really can make complex #webapps #responsive
In my haste to get the new design live, I had implemented a lot of responsive half-measures that had left the site completely unusable and broken on mobile devices. This article explains how we refactored an interface that wasn’t originally built with mobile in mind, to have a decent mobile experience. All while avoiding that dreaded term, complete rebuild.
The Super-Powerful Long-Lasting Smartphone Battery Has Just Been Invented - Maybe
As any smartphone owner knows all too well, even the best of today’s mobile devices are completely dependent on batteries that can’t often keep up with the rest of the technology.
Even the savviest hardware makers are bumping up against the limits of what they can extract from existing battery technology …
Source: ReadWrite - Brian S Hall
Le gouvernement britannique ne veut pas d’#apps #mobiles
- government’s position is that native and hybrid apps are rarely justified
– make sure your service meets the Digital by Default Service Standard and it will work well on mobile devices (responsive HTML5)
– make your data and/or API available for re-use and you will stimulate the market if there is demand for native apps
The 5 questions civil servants should ask before contemplating asking for an exemption are:
1. Is our web service already designed to be responsive to different screen sizes? If not, why not?
2. What is the user need that only a native/hybrid app can meet?
3. Are there existing native/hybrid apps which already meet this user need?
4.. Is our service available to 3rd parties via an API or open data? If not, why not?
5. Does meeting this need justify the lifetime cost of a native or hybrid app?
We are not ‘banning’ apps outright. For example, the NHS-funded ‘Change 4 Life’ healthy lifestyle apps rely on a persistent 24/7 presence on users’ mobiles to try to persuade people to eat and drink more healthily.
But we are backing open standards, in this case the Web.
Bonne infographie sur l’Arabie saoudite et les médias sociaux... En bref : Saudi Arabia has the highest Facebook user rate in the GCC countries - 90% Arabic, 8% English and 2% the other languages - 2 of its 6 million users using Facebook strictly via mobile devices ... Le reste à l’avenant !
The State of Social Media in Saudi Arabia 2012 | The Social Clinic | thesocialclinic .com
The State of Social Media in Saudi Arabia 2012
While I understand and value the concept of feature detection over browser detection, sometimes the need for knowing whether or not we’re dealing with a mobile device arises. For in-depth device checking, you can rely on a complex library such as The MobileESP Project. But for simpler applications, the following snippet can be useful.
Génération perdue : « 52 percent of all children 8 and younger have access to mobile devices at home like a smartphone, video iPod, iPad or other tablet » // Technolog on msnbc.com
Mobile devices have become mini-pacifiers/babysitters for many wee ones: 52 percent of all children 8 and younger have access to mobile devices at home like a smartphone, video iPod, iPad or other tablet, according to Common Sense Media, a nonprofit group that studies children’s use of technology.
Designing emails that look great no matter where they’re read can be quite the challenge. As more people read email on mobile devices, chances are your recipient might view your email both on a mobile phone as well as on their desktop.
WURFL is a Device Description Repository (DDR), i.e. a software component which contains the descriptions of thousands of mobile devices. In its simplest incarnation, WURFL is an XML configuration file plus a set of programming APIs to access the data in real-time environments. The main scope of the WURFL Project is to be an independent central repository of device information, which Open-Source developers from around the globe can utilize to build their mobile web applications.
Transmedia Design for 3 Screens - Make That 5 (Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox)
Many people predict that mobile devices will be the only important user #interface #platform in the so-called “post-PC” future. Some even recommend designing websites for mobile first, and then modifying the design for the desktop PC as an afterthought.
Although it makes for a good story to claim that something new will kill the old, things rarely work out that way. As Peter Zollman once said, “with the possible exception of the town crier, a new medium has never put an old medium out of business.” Despite TV, we still have radio — and, for that matter, live theater. In the computer industry, we still have mainframes, and IBM harvests billions each year accordingly.
Si l’on passe outre la « prédictivite », il y a quand même deux grandes tendances qui se dessinent : 1. le web « #desktop » avec des bouts de #mediaqueries dedans, et 2. le web « #mobile » sur des petites interfaces.
On en est encore aux tâtonnements. La preuve avec les sites de journalisme qui pourraient la plupart du temps fort bien s’accommoder d’un zoom sur les contenus ; ça tombe bien, c’est natif à la plupart des navigateurs de #smartphones, le zoom.
Les deux grandes tendances dont je parlais vont avoir du sens avec les services applicatifs en ligne, qui demandent de l’efficacité, là où le surf tel qu’on le pratique sur un ordinateur ne demande pas le même attachement à l’efficacité. Voir à #sérendipité
As I said in my Mozilla is changing blog post a week ago, we need to over-communicate. In the spirit of such approach, here are a couple of very important documents I’d like to share with the Mozilla community, users and partners:
Mitchell Baker’s post: Mozilla in the New Internet Era ▻http://blog.lizardwrangler.com/2011/07/14/mozilla-in-the-new-internet-era-more-than-the-browser — More Than the Browser. Excerpts:
“The browser is necessary but it is no longer sufficient. There are a number of reasons the Firefox experience needs to expand to fulfill the Mozilla mission.” (...) “the browser is no longer the only way people access the Internet”. (...) “mobile devices mean the entire hardware and software stacks are changing. As a result, the computers many of us use are more closed than they have been in our lifetimes.” (...) “It’s time to expand the Firefox experience to encompass the changing face of the Internet.”
A podcast with Brendan Eich ▻http://www.aminutewithbrendan.com/pages/20110721 : We (Mozilla) Fight For the User. It’s in audio format, which makes it a little hard for those whose English is a bit rusty. Luckily, volunteers have made a Transcript of ’A Minute With Brendan’ ▻http://piratepad.net/amwb-20110721. It is really thought-provoking! Excerpts:
“Our Mozilla mission obligates us to make the user sovereign over the user’s data and many aspects of the user’s experience, and to keep the web open and interoperable and innovative at all levels”
Because we’re not going to try just one thing, we’re not going to push only the browser, Firefox, onto the mobile devices - we’re also going to try reaching people through lighter-weight means. And then the open web app system is where we hope to make our mark by not just supporting Firefox, but letting open web apps work on all modern browsers.
These quotes are not just random thoughts of two of the most important people at Mozilla, but they expression of what they get from a very important document, written but Jay Sullivan and his team: the Firefox Vision Statement ▻https://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox/VisionStatement , that everyone involved in Mozilla should have read by now.
Working Off the Grid with HTML5 Offline
When your web browser was tied to your desktop, there was never really a time that you couldn’t get an Internet connection whenever you wanted to.
With the significant increase in the ability to access the web on mobile devices — first on laptops, then phones and now tablet devices, it is now easier to access your data and your apps wherever you go. Or is it?
This article was written on a train from London to Liverpool. The train has Wifi, I have a 3G data card, yet I am still never fully connected. Besides, many online tools today can’t handle this intermediate state of connectivity properly.
So how do we solve this problem? It is not simple, but there are steps that you can take today that will let your users use your app whereever they are. Some of these steps have direct solutions implemented in HTML; some will require you to implement some logic, all will help you build a better app.
Understanding the Elements of Responsive Web Design
Responsive web design is undoubtedly a hot topic in web design right now. To some degree, the popularity of the concept of responsive web design is well deserved because site users are increasingly diversifying their methods of accessing a website. iPad, iPhone, Android mobile devices, desktops, netbooks — we’re in a time where our web designs must function in a multitude number of ways.
Let us explore the meaning and principles behind responsive web design.