Messenger Astronomy Bot

I’ve released an initial version of my astronomy bot on Facebook Messenger.  You can get to it by simply going to m.me/skygazebot The bot actually has more features than its Alexa counterpart, mostly due to the fact that API.AI’s natural language processing skills are better than what Alexa has currently.  I will be writing up … 

 

Another Skygaze Update Released

I’ve included a few things requested: Better Conversational Bot:  Skygaze will now prompt you for what else you want to do so you can query more information on other objects. Deep Sky Objects:  When asking for what is currently visible, if it is dark enough outside, Skygaze will ask you if you want information on … 

 

Skygaze Update Released

The good news is I have already received comments and emails from people who like Skygaze.  Based on their comments, I spent an evening adding the ability to store your location (zip code) in a Dynamo DB.  Once you tell Skygaze your zip code once, you will not be asked again.  You can clear the stored location … 

 

Leveraging Alexa for an eCommerce Photo Storefront

The introduction of language-based systems like smart speakers and chat bots brings with it some opportunities for ecommerce storefronts. I’ve created a proof-of-concept skill for Alexa that leverages one of our ecommerce platform’s RESTful API’s.  Lifepics is one of Taylor Digital’s software platforms that is a complete omnichannel B2B2C solution for photo dealers.  It is used … 

 

Creating an Alexa Skill for Astronomical Observations

My wife was kind enough to get me an Alexa for Christmas, so I’ve been coding my own skills to better understand the limitations and capabilities of it and similar platforms. I have created a proof-of-concept skill for the company I work for, Taylor Digital, that allows the creation/completion of an omni-channel order as well … 

 

Awesome Github Repos for Apple TV 4

If you are an Apple Developer and have an Apple TV 4, you not only have access to creating your own Apple TV apps.  You can also download some great projects from GitHub for the Apple TV 4 that Apple does not allow on their store due to policy violations.  What you are essentially doing … 

 

Another Personalized Storybook

A few years ago, I developed a storybook engine for iOS devices that supports animated, personalized storybooks for the iPad and iPhone.  It is a universal application that runs on all devices and takes advantage of what each device offers. It supports: Recording your own voice reading the book on each page Personalizing the book with … 

 

MAME, the iPad and iCade

My latest coding project involves Mame, specifically iMame4All.  iMame4all is an emulator for iOS devices that lets you run ROMs from old arcade machines.  Emulators like this are pretty common place.  I’ve been running several on my Mac and iPad for a while including the Commodore 64.  What has reinvigorated my interest is my latest … 

 

Children’s Personalized Storybook

I have developed a storybook engine for iOS devices that supports animated, personalized storybooks for the iPad and iPhone. It is a universal application that runs on all devices and takes advantage of what each device offers. It supports: Recording your own voice reading the book on each page Personalizing the book with the child’s name …