VOLTTRON: At the Heart of a Better Quality of Life

Today and yesterday, Mark Lesswing and I were lucky enough to attend a software conference specifically focused on a product that aims to save homeowners money and make homes energy effective. This software is called VOLTTRON and in it’s...
July 24, 2015

A Bendy Keyboard, Google Maps Knows Everywhere You’ve Been, and More

A very cool way to carry a keyboard in your back pocket, a new useful/creepy service from Google, and what to do with an abandoned golf course. It’s Five for Wednesday. Lots of people carry Bluetooth keyboards, and we...

A Look Ahead: #015 – Customer Satisfaction with Jeff Turner from RealSatisfied

Find episodes of A Look Ahead on iTunes, Soundcloud, & our RSS feed! Chad and Jeff talk about customer satisfaction and what RealSatisfied offers brokers and agents in this space. It’s a great talk you won’t want to miss. Jeff covers all...
July 15, 2015

“Zero UI,” the Amazon Echo, How Loud Is Your Neighborhood, and More

The future of user interfaces, the Amazon Echo reviewed, and three more curated items in this week’s Five for Wednesday. “Zero UI” describes the design principle that will inform the ways we will soon interact with many of our...

Turn Your Phone Into an Infrared Camera, PayPal and Square Have Some Competition, and More

Infrared photography comes to the smartphone, Facebook takes on Square and PayPal, and three more items are in this week’s Five for Wednesday: The Flir One turns your cell phone into an infrared camera. As The Verge points out,...

Microsoft Office for Android Phones Released, How to Unsend Gmail Emails, and More

Office and Android phones have finally become friends, Google grants Gmail users the power to turn back time, and more in this week’s Five for Wednesday. Microsoft Office has been available for Android tablets for some time; now it’s...

Why I’m So Crazy About Cubes

A few weeks ago, the Web site Co.Design (part of Fast Company) asked a question: Is the future of home automation a simple black cube? What they’re talking about is Cube, a smart home device that helps you control...
June 23, 2015

A Countertop That Charges Your Devices, Emoji PINs, and More

Dupont’s Corian countertops will soon contain induction chargers, making it possible to charge your devices by just leaving them on a countertop. And yes, it will work with both Android and Apple devices. A new security system that uses...

Don’t Laugh At the Robots, Pizzatainment, and More in Five for Wednesday

The DARPA Robotics Challenge is a competition to build robots that can do things too dangerous for humans to do. Wired asks us to look past the humor of humanoid robots falling over in this longish piece, but it...

Google’s “My Account” Privacy Hub, The Growth of Wearables, and More

Google lets you see what they see about you, who’s leading the wearables race, and crazy display technology. This week in Five for Wednesday. Google has made it a little easier to find out exactly what information about you...