App: “Magic Fox” – Samsung Gear S Watch Face

The Concept:

  • Create a fun watch face for the Samsung Gear S3/S2 watches.

The Opportunity:

  • Start an animal watch face series with a fox.

The Potential:

  • The head of the fox will change its orientation to match the actual hour.
  • The tail of the fox will move every second.
  • Show heart beat and steps walked.

The Result:

  • Watch face available on for download at Samsung.
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App: “Tour de France trivia” Alexa skill

The Concept:

  • Create an Alexa skill.

The Opportunity:

  • A quiz to review and test your knowledge of the history of the Tour de France (also called La Grande Boucle or Le Tour).

The Potential:

  • This quiz includes results from the start of the Tour 115+ years ago, on 1 July 1903:
  • Warning:
    • This skill is not a replacement for exercising or doing sport yourself!

The Result:

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App: “French Facts” Alexa skill

The Concept:

  • Create an Alexa skill.

The Opportunity:

  • History and trivia buffs will want to give this one a try.
  • You will get interesting information about a wide range of French facts, from history and law, to life and war-related events.

The Potential:

  • Even Francophiles may get stumped on questions like:
    • Can you marry a dead person in France?
    • Spoiler: Yes, under special circumstances!

The Result:

  • Alexa skill available at https://www.amazon.com/Gilles-de-Bordeaux-French-Facts/dp/B0746CL7Y2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-skills&ie=UTF8&qid=1501619806&sr=1-1&keywords=French+Facts
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App: Stock Reader on Sony Concept N

The Concept:

  • Help users retrieve in real-time the value of their preferred stocks, without looking at or typing on a PC or on a phone screen.
  • Ask using voice and get a vocal answer that includes the name and value of the stock.

The Opportunity:

  • Sony Concept N is a cool consumer device that users carry around the neck, that connects to a mobile phone to exchange information.
  • Just ask for the value of any stock using its official code or name, and listen to the Model N’s voice give you the name of the stock and its value.
  • Sony tested it with software developers in 2017 and may decide to sell it in the future.

The Potential:

  • Using the user’s natural voice, we ask Concept N to return the value of a stock by giving the stock symbol. The user can use simple phrases like:
    • “give me the stock price for the symbol TSLA”
    • “stock price for Microsoft”
    • “stock of GOOG”
  • It is easy to use, wherever you are, without manually connecting to the Internet, or calling you bank or stock broker.

The Result:

  • Concept N is very responsive and easy to use. It provides fast stock quote answers.
  • Stock Reader won the “First Segment Published” award – Thanks!
  • See the hackathon page at http://www.hackathon.io/stock-reader
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App: ISS (International Space Station) locator on Sony Concept N

The Concept:

  • Find in real-time where the International Space Station (ISS) is located.

The Opportunity:

  • Sony Concept N is a cool consumer device that users carry around the neck and connects to their mobile phone to exchange information.
  • Sony tested it with software developers in 2017 and may decide to sell it in the future.
  • The ISS is a massive science laboratory in space. Many of the last missions of the Space Shuttle were used to build it.
  • It completes an orbit of earth every 90 minutes, at an average of 240 miles high.
  • It orbits the Earth 16 times per day and its velocity is 17,500 miles-per-hour. That means a trip from Los Angeles to New York takes 9 minutes.

The Potential:

  • Help citizen scientists spot the ISS.
  • Using the user’s natural voice, we ask Concept N to give the current orbital location of the ISS relative to its Earth Coordinates in latitude and longitude.
  • Since these two numbers do not convey much to the general public, and to be more friendly, we also want Concept N to tell what these coordinates correspond to on a map. To do that, we use reverse geo-coding and provide a more meaningful geographic feature name.

The Result:

  • Concept N is very responsive and easy to use. It provides fast answers.
  • ISS Locator won the “Best Use of the Unique Features of Concept N” award – Thanks!
  • See the hackathon page at http://www.hackathon.io/iss-international
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App: iNaturalist Observer on Windows Phone

This is a Windows Phone 8 application. http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=33f9c0db-205a-43d0-90f0-cc8a328f81fe

The Concept:

  • Craig Benson and I developed and published iNaturalist Observer.
  • iNaturalist Observer is a companion app to the iNaturalist.org website.

The Opportunity:

  • Although mobile versions of iNaturalist existed for other platforms, none were available on Windows Phone. This mistake is now corrected!

The Potential:

  • Help citizen scientists record their observations, on- or off-line.
  • You can create observations of plants, animals and bugs and upload these observations for identification or to add to the documentation of diversity.
  • You can also view observations made by others.

The Result:

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App: Windows 8 application for Edmodo

In 2014, I developed the Windows 8 application for Edmodo https://www.edmodo.com/

See it on the Edmodo mobile page https://www.edmodo.com/mobile or in Windows Store http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/edmodo/f6aa6b02-547d-4acc-82c2-7a09781ea15e

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