KLIC Photo 6DOF Oculus Quest VR Project

This is a public version of this post.  If you are a Taylor employee, contact me for the link to the internal private version of this post with strategic commentary. This summer I decided to work on a Virtual Reality 6DOF (six degrees of freedom) proof-of-concept.  This POC took between 30-40 hours, an hour or…

Home Built Custom Arcade Machine

After seeing the recent Arcade 1UP machines being sold that offer only a few games per machine, it rekindled my interest in building my own (much better) custom arcade machine with a Raspberry Pi.  So, over the holiday season that is exactly what I did 😄 The wood cabinet itself I got from recroommasters.  Their kits give you…

Forza Motorsport Dash App

I’ve released an iOS App to display realtime HUD info from Forza Motorsport 7 while you are racing. Forza Motorsport 7 recently released an update that allows you to send telemetry data to another device real-time.  This is done over UDP at 60 frames per second and works with XBOX or PC! The data interface…

KLIC Photo Gift Bot

I have created a bot for our company that allows a Facebook Messenger user to upload a photo they like and get dynamic previews of gift products they can purchase. Rather than showing all products that are available, the bot uses heuristic rules that select the best products based on the photo itself.  These include thing…

Doom for tvOS Running!

As I mentioned in my previous post, while a couple of people have got Doom running on tvOS, they either have not released source code, or did not have it running on more recent SDK’s and buildable in Xcode 8.  I haven’t seen anyone implement game controller support either. I’ve managed to get it running with…

Porting Doom to Apple TV

On Memorial Day weekend I had some time and was loading up some of my favorite Commodore 64 games via emulation.   I started thinking about Doom and wondering why it was not on Apple TV. I did some researching and saw that a couple of Facebook developers got it running on Apple TV, but…

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…