Glide is really interesting. The basic idea is that you fill a dropbox folder full of content, and the service generates a beautiful app for you from the content. The elevator pitch is “Hypercard for iOS”.
I’m not sure if Glide will be successful, but I have no doubt that at some point something is going to be developed that allows just about anyone to create a basic mobile app that looks good and Just Works.
Something like Wordpress for mobile.
It’s also clear that the low-end of the custom App Consulting market, which has been dwindling for years through consolidation and evaporation of profit, will finally be dead.
(Of course, when the custom App Consulting market dies, a new market for building all these one-off Wordpress-ish apps will spout up).
I was listening to the lastest episode of the Talk Show with guest Joanna Stern about the Apple Watch. During one section they started talking about tap as a means of communication, and the impact this might or might not have. As John wrote in his review of the watch, it’s not that hard to imagine at least a few scenarios where, for example, sharing a heartbeat would be novel, intimate, and gain even widespread use.
Having thought about this more, I do wonder if perhaps the ability to effectively touch someone from afar will turn out to be a big deal. I think it will.
You can imagine that a native SDK app might even be able to take input from one person and send that to another, enabling a morse-code method of communicating, for example.
There’s a lot more to consider here, but it seems like it’s a bigger deal than I thought it might be at first.
It also makes me wonder just how much more intrusive it will feel to be tapped by some spammy notification in an app.
Up to this point I haven’t been sold (personally) on Apple Watch. The main drawbacks as I saw them were:
However, having listened to quite a few podcasts on the topic and read even more posts, I’m convinced now that (at least at some point) I’m going to want one.
A few use cases for Apple Watch:
When there’s motion on my front porch my wrist can tap and I can see a picture from my porch camera to see who/what is there. Same with other household security notifications.
When I get home I can open the garage door via the app I wrote to control my garage door remotely. Why would you want to do this? Because your watch knows that you are you, and theives like to steal garage door openers and use them to get into your stuff. It’d be safer to not even carry one.
When driving and I get a text message I can easily glance at my wrist, see that it’s something I care about (or not), and respond via Siri, without having to find my phone and get it out.
My wife can find her phone in the house when she loses it.
Easier interface to Siri.
Since my watch can know that it’s me, and therefore verify that I am, in fact, me, then it can be a presence notifier on my behalf. This leads to some pretty great conclusions:
My car can unlock the doors as I walk up, and let me start the car without another key. And I don’t need a massive fob in my pocket to let me do this.
Same with my front door (though I’m unsure I’d ever opt for a lock like this).
Turning off the lights when we leave the house and otherwise left them on.
Allowing me to verify myself as other services support such features. Things like Apple Pay are already there, but other sorts of checkin, registration, and verification could all be linked as well.
I’m not currently planning on getting one immediately, but I think I am far more likely to purchase one than I was a few months ago.
I was recently made aware of the great History of English Podcast.
The author, Kevin Stroud, while not a professional linguist, is a wonderful story teller. Each episode covers a combination of the etymologies of English as well as the history, that is the people, who have spoken this language in its various forms from it’s roots thousands of years ago.
I have several Foscam Cameras around the outside of my house. They’re very easy to setup, tolerate the outdoor conditions admirably, and are incredibly affordable for what they offer.
As with everything else around my house, I like to build software that customizes my view into my home (or in this case, outside my home). To that end I’ve build an app I call Argos that lets me monitor all sorts of sensors on my property.