Five for Wednesday


For this week’s Five for Wednesday, let’s look at fixing a Heartbleed, where the future’s headed, & getting rid of patent trolls.:

  1. Heartbleed Bug – Folks, educate yourselves. The group over at put together this really great explainer. SIDE NOTE: Vox just launched and it’s a pretty well done site. I’m (Chad) a big fan of their layout and design. Nice work from the people who bring you the Verge.
  2. Cloudwash – A smart-connected washing machine. This is a very interesting prototype created by a company called Berg. In this article from Wired, what they point to is the simplicity of its connectedness. Our opinion at CRT is that the complexity of a products user experience could be what keeps it from being adopted. Here, Berg works to make it as simple to use as possible. Nice writeup. Not for sale yet, but soon I bet.
  3. Stick-on Wearable Circuit – What if your hand became your phone? The act of dialing could be a move of a finger. FastCo Design features the handywork (pun intended) of John Rogers, a researcher at the University of Illinois. Take a look.
  4. Data Viz Catalogue – If you’re working on a presentation and need to understand what’s what as far as visualizing data goes, Data Viz Catalogue is a good place to start. They have a list of charts and graphs with explanations on which are the best for which types of data. CRT’s working on a paper right now about best practices for data visualization and this is definitely one of the resources you’ll find in there.
  5. Get out of here, Patent Trolls! – NAR’s REALTOR® Action Center needs your help! From the Call for Action:

    Patent trolls are a threat to America’s economy and have increasingly become a financial and legal burden on individual REALTORs, MLSs, and our state and local REALTOR associations. Patent trolls are companies that use patents as legal weapons rather than to produce products or create new innovations.  These trolls send threatening demand letters, seeking  payment from small businesses like REALTORs, for using common business technologies  like scanner-copiers; drop-down website menus; or even mapping features.

    Click the link and contact your senators to let them know we need their help in getting rid of Patent Trolls. Do it today!

Chad Curry

Managing Director for the Center for REALTOR® Technology. Working to improve the value proposition to our members through our web properties and mobile space.

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  1. OOOH, hadn’t heard of Cloudwash – thanks for another great roundup! 😀