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Photo by me #throughGlass at Google HQ Mountainview, CA
  1. inputs, stewarded by an awesome research team;
  2. outputs, governed by a disciplined Agile team; and
  3. outcomes, lead by a mature product team

No, it’s not about outcomes over outputs dear product managers, it’s all three.

A healthy balance of all three means harmonized team behind a sustainable, repeatable, and successful product that consistently achieves its purpose.

Recently I was carpooling with a colleague and she asked if I needed the “butt warmer” turned on. Not sure why that question stuck with me but I’ve always heard the temperature-controlled seats in some cars referred to as seat warmers. …

Spatial computing and the “AR cloud” is the future of humanity’s history. I’ll let you know why with a quick story.

My lineage and family history is a tangled web of intrigue, fascination, and wonder. I’ve got roots going back to Ashanti Royalty, yet when I try to tap my family diaspora to share stories of our history, there are only fragments. This is unfortunate.

My four year old started asking questions about her Identity several months ago so I explored finding an immersive medium to help her learn about her history. The challenge of getting the stories to piece…


The AR medium affords us a deeper connection with the real world giving context without breaking its laws. What makes AR a powerful medium is that it supersedes our visual senses. Touch, hearing, and even smell can technically be augmented as well.

In this thought experiment, I’m going to focus on how spatial computing experiences with the aid of sensors and or gesture gives us senses we never had until now.

Fully immersive experiences like Virtual Reality, with the aid of haptics or motion platforms go even further than to introduce new senses. Fully embodied experiences through VR often overpowers…

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Designing technology solutions for democracy at the National Democratic Institute (NDI)

“We shape our tools and, thereafter our tools shape us…” — John Culkin (1967)

It’s amazing what humanity can do with the right tools. If you’ve ever looked up the work of Marshall McLuhan, he talks about how even the basic things we create change our outlook on life, politics and society. The light bulb, for example, changed what time of day we can commune with each other. Before the invention of the wheel, we didn’t have roads, the wheel thus forever changed the way society was drawn and affected we perceive our towns, villages.

Whether we’re prepared for it or not, the future of mobility might mean removing ourselves from the labor of operating vehicles. That’s not profound, but what I recently realized during a heated recent debate with family, is that we’ve been groomed for robots to drive us for over half a century.

The concept of self driving cars is often met with disdain from automobile purists or dread by those who drive professionally. Self driving cars yet, is the future we can’t avoid. We can all agree that whenever automation handles our repetitive tasks, we benefit by living safer lives. …

The Puzzler Scene from The Mystery of the Golden Throne

Have you ever had an urge to solve puzzles whilst learning about historical facts?

Update: This project has evolved. See the History Hunter demo on the Playstore and trigger the companion Assistant on Google Home (WIP) while you play.

As part of the Udacity Virtual Reality Nanodegree, I was challenged with building a puzzler. I decided to make my submission a scene in a game I’ve been obsessing about called “The Mystery of the Golden Throne”. This submission is part of a set of mini-games and an experiment with role playing educational experiences within VR. In this game, users experience…

Image credit: Black Mirror on Netflix

The promise of Ubiquitous Computing is counter intuitive, when simply defined, it sounds like a future resembling Netflix’s show Black Mirror where computing as we know it is pervasive, in the way, and overwhelming. In reality, ubiquitous computing helps make computers more useful. Pervasive or ubiquitous computing means more connected things with compute power that is secure, private, contextually aware, extensible resulting within i/o that blend in, get out of the way, and maximize utility for the user without complexity.

For me, a world where my “things” knows who I am, securely, and presents information to me when I need…

Developers and Wearable OEMs have failed to deliver delightful wearable experiences through apps, but maybe the app on wearable is but a small part of building a compelling experience that meets an underserved need. Working backward from user needs that are best met through glanceable, context-driven experiences may be the answer.

I get that the market generally equalizes after maturity of emerging technologies. However, Smartwatch shipments falling 51.6% YoY in Q3 is a bit scary. via TechCrunch

Four years ago, I set out to use semantic data from the sensors Google Glass to give the user a virtual coach during…

My thoughts on Google’s Made By Google Event — By order of take-my-money-now-ness

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Whenever I tell people I hacked together a Pokémon utility app for “research” I get laughs. Folks certainly don’t buy that I played it to grok the business of Pokémon. In all honesty, I loved Niantic’s previous game Ingress, I had zero experience with Pokémon and the use of Augmented Reality piqued my interest.

In 80+ days since launch, Pokémon Go has made $470 million and is now raking in $2 million a day. Those numbers are real enough to catch the attention of anyone who wants to pay attention.

To understand what sets Pokémon apart from other geo mapping…

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