Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fream.in context aware layer for Android

Last summer (like there is a summer in Indonesia :) i join the first startup weekend in Jakarta. This is the first time i attend an event like this. This is also the first time i had my elevator pitch, my first public presentation.
Quite fun isn't it.

Again, it was the first time i release my idea to general public (now, you can see more of my idea here). And, at that event, i present the "fream.in"

Fream.in is my concept of context aware mobile device.
What it is? Ok, here is the example..

So, todays, everyone has a smartphone right. Some of you have Blackberry, other has iPhone and me, for some reason choose Dell Streak, an Android supersmartphone.
But, have you think..is you smartphone really smart or just standby for your command. Can it tell you important information related to your time, place/location and personal preferences (food, clothes, shops, friend etc) ?
I bet it can't..Our smartphone is just a dumb slaves.

The idea is to build a layer on top of Android. This layer will have the ability to tell you important information related to your time, place/location and personal preferences (food, clothes, shops, friend etc). Automatically..
And everything will be pushed into your home screen.

In the 90-2000's we have push email. In the near future, we will have pushed information..real time.

The practical use of this technology is enormous. Imagine this, we can have Android based automotive computer that can tell you if there is a traffic jam, local shop you like or event remind you. We can have smart TV that can recognize who's setting in front of it and stream related info for that person in particular time..and so on

I think you get my point..

Anyway, here is the presentation i made for the startup weekend


Monday, October 17, 2011

Collective Innovation

About a week ago, when i watch TVOne, a local news channel, i see something unsual that day. That time, they had a interview with some college student who build a small car (about 1:5 of normal car). And there is something special about this car, it use..i dont know it in English..bleach? that solvent that we use to whitening our clothes..? ya, that one.. They use it as a fuell of the car.

image courtesy of okezone.com

I personally salute them for what they've achieve..then, it makes me thinking..

Maybe i don't understand completely the concept behind the car..but, i can't imagine the practical use or even the future direction behind this innovation.
Why would we use bleach as a fuel?..well, i sure they know why..

Then again, this makes me think again..this time about innovation and our understanding about the future direction.

Today, one of the fastest innovation happens in mobile devices industry. I like to take some example, Android. Android innovation goes so fast, very fast..this year alone we've seen 2 major release, the honeycomb and tomorrow Ice Cream Sandwich.

But, if we look deeper, Android is actually made from other separate innovation. There are parts that (maybe) in the beginning develop separately. Android is build on top of other innovation like Linux kernel, Dalvik virtual machine, some Java and many other.

So, what is this Android has to do with the car a tell you before?

Maybe "Smaller" innovation, if we, as a society can figure it out whats next, can be use to build a "bigger" one in term of complexity and impact.

In case of cars..or maybe we can say automotive. "Smaller" innovation can be better hydrogen container, social traffic system, foam from natural fiber and so on. This can help us achieve whats next in automotive industry - in this case cheaper, smarter and more green personal transportation.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

FXos tablet and desktop user interface preview

Here are two early concept of the UI design for FXos tablet/dektop version.

It has been designed from the same concept as the mobile version. All the user interface element, icon, place and workflow are the same.
For the gesture navigation, it'll use the same gesture as the mobile UI version. In the desktop version, the gesture can be perform with the touchpad or the touch mouse..so yes, FXos will need a touchmouse (like Apple magic mouse or that new Microsoft touch mouse).

The first image will show you how the stream layer would look like on the desktop version. Please note that it also bring the same UI element as the mobile version. It just spread the information into 3 column. I think is one way to have the same base code for mobile and dektop/tablet app.

And here is the mobile version..

The second image is showing the add new tab interface. Also, using the same UI as the mobile version, but have more column. Hmm..i forgot to state this, the icon design is not mine. i get it from deviantart, but didn't remember the designer. Please email me, if this is yours or you know who desined it.

And, yeah..kinda lazy here..i use the same icon sets in 3 column. Yes, the tablet/desktop version will have 3 column..just like the stream layer.

The mobile version

In the mean time, i start designing the another way to have the same app design for both deaktop/tablet and mobile version. will show it soon.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

FXm smartphone concept v0.2 for Mozilla B2G

Following my post about Mozilla hardware, last week i post some sketch and intial 3D model of the smartphone designed (in my imagination) for Mozilla Boot to Gecko (Mozilla B2G) project.

The concept is following the business model for Mozilla hardware..modularity. Today, i post the revision of the concept contruction.

The styling
Its still the same basic styling concept. Simple, rectangular design. It is designed to match the overall UI theme which is using a lot of rectangular shape.

While match with the overall UI theme, the shape also designed with manufacturing method in mind. Again, i imagine that this Mozilla smartphone (also the tablet and ultrabook, later) will be assembled locally, parts from Mozilla, but monoblock body can be made locally using various material.

I hope that the monoblock design can be made with various material unique to local area. And it can be shaped easily with those various material with CNC machine (it can be made from molded plastic too if the local Mozilla store wants to). But you got the idea.

The smartphone will have only one physical button, the power button. No volume, camera, home, back button whatsever. It also only have 2 slots, one for micro SIM and one for micro SD. So no 3,5mm audio jack. Audio and video will be transmitted via bluetooth, NFC or wireless HDMI.

The contruction
All parts is stacked together. There will be no visible screw or anything. It should look solid on block bar. The screw will be hidden under cover plate (look at the sketch) and SIM/SD slot cover.

I will update the 3D model later..get back to work now :)