Part of what humans use technology for is to better remember the past. We scroll back through photos on our phones and on Instagram & Flickr — “that was Fourth of July 5 years ago, so fun!” — and apps like Swarm, Timehop, and Facebook surface old locations, photos, and tweets for us on the regular. But sometimes, we run into the good old days in unexpected places on our digital devices.
We were part of Seasons Art Festival this year! We made a Vancouver themed version of Flappy Birds. Overall it was a great learning opportunity installing something that ran off a Raspberry Pi 3/Arduino combination that allowed us to stow away all the computing and electronics in a small space.
For a one day getaway in the winter, it can't get much better than this.
Shot on an iPhone 6s
King Edward Bluffs
With the release of iOS 9.3 and Mac OS X 10.11.4, it is now possible to sync your ePubs and PDFs across all your devices and keep the read positions and bookmarks up to date.
Set up is pretty straightforward if one only has one Apple ID to handle their store purchases and iCloud data, however it becomes a bit less clear if you use a shared Apple ID across the household for purchases with individual iCloud accounts to sync personal data.
Anecdotally, it seems like the optimal solution is to:
- Remain signed in to your shared Apple ID in the iBooks store in all your devices (in iOS there is only one place to sign in – the App Store and iTunes store page in Settings).
- Remain signed in to your personal iCloud account
- When the prompt asks to enable the iBooks in the Cloud library, do so.
- If it signs you into the iCloud account in iBooks, sign out and sign back into the shared account.
Off the cuff thoughts, 1 month after switching from a Pebble to a Apple Watch
- First party support pays off. The Pebble suffers on iOS multitasking as it would sometimes the phone app would get killed off
- Not having both your wrist "buzz" and the phone ring is nice. It's a really tiny detail, but one where it is so nice to have.
- Speaking of the vibration, the taptic engine is very very nice compared to the harsh vibration motor used in the pebble. However, if I am wearing the strap a bit loose, I may not feel the tap.
- The lack of an always on screen (coming from a Pebble) isn't really a problem as the Apple Watch reliably lights up, and the contrast on the Pebble is such that I usually need to hit a button to engage the backlight.
- Battery life is not a problem as it was a habit for me to charge the Pebble nightly anyway.
- Covering the screen with your palm "resets" the watch to the watch face when you raise your wrist the next time.
- I set my watch to keep the App active for 8 minutes after use. So far it seems to be the right balance.
- The DLC Coating and the Sapphire, while expensive, is really nice to have.
- Third party app support is still rudimentary at best, and useless at worse. Sometimes the apps are almost powerful enough to avoid using the phone, and sometimes it feels like you're waiting for the data to update.
- I find that if I am launching an app that is waiting for the data to load in, I would launch the app, drop my wrist and let the watch load, then raise it again shortly after and the data will be waiting for me
- The ease of swapping bands is really nice
A couple weeks ago, we had the pleasure to support two interactive walls and visuals at the Late Night Hub during VIFF.
It was pretty cool to see a quick side project that repurposed Generate's data into something event goers can interact with in real time.
In order to make the wall interactive, I had to make sure we pulled the data in several ways– via Hashtags and Geolocations – so that users can have their content featured on the wall however they choose to post
One feature that I felt aesthetically engaging was the typed text that rotated and swapped throughout the evening to engage and call out to users to download and interact with the wall.
One key issue that we discovered as there was more content being fetched was that Chrome ran into a memory issue on Mac – eventually leading to an out of memory error. Because all the details and code for the wall came together last minute, it was still exciting to see it set up and work in the space, and also to gain knowledge and insight for next time from a small project like this.