Introduction

If you recently typed “how to build prototypes for augmented reality” into the search bar, you were like me two months ago. If you were disappointed by a lack of tools, resources, or tangible example projects, you continued to be like me. I had gotten so used to having an abundance of resources from vibrant communities across the internet that could help me with anything tech related. Want to build a website? Bam! Hundreds of webinars, YouTube videos, articles, open source repositories, and more clamoring over one another to teach you the ins and outs of designing and developing a…


We’ve covered a lot of topics over the past semester. Some that made the largest impact on me were automation, IOT, social robotics, and machine learning. I felt that (regardless of the subject we were covering) the best discussions always surrounded the worries around privacy and ethics.

I absolutely love consumer technology. It probably consists of over 10 percent of all things that I think and talk about. I’ll even be sprinkling this post with some photos of my Silicon Valley vacation travels. However, as these human-machine systems are pushing the boundaries of what products can do, they are also…


I remember when Siri on the iPhone 4s was first announced. I went to the Apple Store just to try out the feature because I really couldn’t believe that I could ask my phone (with my voice!) to do something and it would actually try to do it for me. Now, this is pretty common. Now, people have Echos and Google assistants in their homes and the voice recognition and logical processing has gotten good enough where I’m actually willing to use it. But for now, we’re all very aware that there isn’t another person on the other end. We…


As we begin wrapping up the semester, this is a good opportunity to think about the core technology that enables most of modern automation. When we think about social robotics, wearable devices, and machine learning systems, most of these require a cloud-based network to share information across a intelligent system. The Internet of Things is this backbone. Smart-connected devices allows us to make “dumb” products… smart! For wearable technology, most of the sensor data is useless if it’s not analyzed for trends, compared against recommended baselines, or stored in an easily viewable format.

IOT is a great way to piece…


GPS navigation has become a standard for getting people from one place to another. Physical paper maps are pretty much ancient when it comes to navigational technology. I remember when I was in middle school and my parents purchased a TomTom GPS system for our car. Even as a kid, it was clear how important this technology would be moving forward. I could tell that planning a long trip using MapQuest was a pain and that it was something that I wouldn’t have to do by the time I learned how to drive. Now, people don’t even need to purchase…


As opposed to a more research heavy post, I’m going to focus on some of my personal opinions with regards to emotive and social robots. I have yet to see one social robot that has been compelling enough to seem like a finished and useful product. The initial Jibo indiegogo promotional video used to show off the supposed future of home robots greatly overestimated how well the technology would link up with people’s lives.

I’m not against the idea of social robotics. I think they will have plenty of uses eventually. The future in which teachers, therapists, and caregivers are…


It’s easy to collect information. So much of our personal data is stored on our phones then sent out to countless servers that all sort and collect different bits and pieces of who we are (and we probably opted in to this process at some point). The companies that wanted your information really didn’t have to work that hard to get it. You and I willingly gave it up because we wanted the benefits of some service.

So there’s this idea that companies are going to know us better than we do. Shipping products we need before we think we…


I recently picked up the Apple Watch Series 4. It’s really incredible how powerful of a computer it is. Check out some articles that show the watch computing physics based Metal rendering while still having CPU headroom for more calculations.

This was a massive upgrade for me, as four years ago I purchased the Series 0 Apple Watch on day 1. When that watch launched, it was unable to load third-party applications on its own without offloading all of the processing to its parent iPhone’s chipset. In four years, the increase in computational ability for a computer that we wear…


Using artificial intelligence or machine learning to flag and remove content online has been a growing trend among top social media sites. Famously, Facebook has been hiring extra staff to manually sift through posted content to reduce “Fake News” because its automated systems haven’t been performing as well as the world would like.

My personal experience with automated signal detection revolves around YouTube content. I’m the type of person who watches way more YouTube than TV. I actually produce YouTube content from time to time (but we’ll get back to that later). If you’ve been following any particular YouTuber over…


Understanding task analysis is a major part of designing automated systems. It makes sense, in order to build around a task you should understand it! For example, if you’re trying to automate making coffee, you would want to look at how a person goes about doing it. You’ll need to take into account where people obtain information, how they analyze it, how they make decisions, and what actions they take.

However, the way that people do tasks might not always be the most efficient. When looking at task analysis, you shouldn’t feel like you need to stick to the…

Dylan Hong

Interested in developing and sharing innovative technology. Specialized in consumer technology, AR/VR, media/marketing strategy, and video production.

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