I was wondering how you could interact with the UI when your smartphone is glued to your face. As soon as I got a cardboard in my hands (resp. on my head), that murder was out.

I remember trying out the VRSE (now Within) cardboard app and there was this little dot in the middle of the screen. It took a few seconds to realize what it is good for — turned out to be my new cursor :-). With “gazing around” I could move the dot to buttons and then click with the cardboard’s trigger to select.

At InnerSpace we started developing an app for Google Cardboard and now switched to the Samsung Gear VR. Since our very first version we now have analyzed over 60 user tests for those two different platforms in terms of UI interaction. …


On my way from a web dev to a 3D VR developer

Taking this selfie wasn’t easy. Believe me :D

I begin with my standard clause “It’s been a while” … but this time I have a pretty good reason — Virtual Reality caught me. In this article you gonna read my path from a web developer to a sort of 3D-VR dev (if that job exists).

Our project InnerSpace (which will be rebranded very soon *spoiler*) is still on track, and we changed our technology like 4 times on our way. We are now stuck with virtual reality. And every day I play/code/experiment with VR I get more excited about the endless possibilities with this fascinating new medium.

To be honest, it wasn’t easy to start with VR. Suddenly you find yourself in a 3D environment. But it took a while, to even realize that. I tried myself with VR-Videoplayers (like from the Nr 1 video infrastructure host Bitmovin) then I gave WebVR a chance. …


I started in September 2015 with my Masters Degree in Kufstein. Now, one semester later, I thought it is time to make a short recap what I think about the FH Kufstein, my major, our lectures, my considerations to break up and my lessons learned.

After graduating from my Bachelor at the Management Center Innsbruck in Management, Communication & IT I definitely wanted to change to part time and building up something on my own next to studying. For me, FH Kufstein was the perfect fit and the masters course Web Communication & Information Systems was exactly what I was looking for. …


In Korea I developed a platform for sharing climbing routes. At this time I thought it might be the best thing that has happened to the climbing community. Actually I still think, but it is a bit more complex than I thought. :) I just focused on development and a great user experience. As a result I had — after two months of working — a fully functional, well designed platform — with one single user. Too bad, that this user was just me.

Here’s a short video I made for a startup idea competition — which was actually a big fail. …


Exactly one single year ago, on March 1st 2015, I started my business as a self employed web developer. Since then I have learned a lot. This article-series is about the mistakes made, the lessons learned and the challenges along the way of being an entrepreneur — being a programmer — being a web developer and after all — being a student.

Alongside with my exchange semester in Seoul / Korea I decided to do my own thing as soon as I get back to Austria. On March 1st, exactly one year ago, i finally did so — my own business was registered. …


Last week I was wondering why my latest meteor app Notebase.at had such high incoming data-traffic on a regular basis. I thought about 300MB every hour is quite a lot for an app with under ten customers. :)

Digging a little deeper, it was the database connection to my mongodb on Compose.io, hosted on an Amazon server in Ireland, which caused the problem. I should actually have considered earlier to get the maximum out of the database connection, but I never really cared, since the performance has never been a real issue for my apps.

If Meteor and MongoDB is set up without Oplog by default, it is in polling mode. That’s where the 300MB come from. Oplog reduces this by having a separate collection for saving all the operations executed on the database (oplog = operation log). This post is not about what Oplog actually does, but about the easy setup with Compose.io and MeteorUp (MUP). If you want to get more information about Oplog, you can read on the official MongoDB Docs.

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Bernhard Fercher

a programmer, a product builder, a virtual reality addict, a problem solver and a mountain-sports enthusiast— https://bernhardfercher.com

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