Friday, February 28, 2014

I was recently reminded by a post of John Gruber's http://daringfireball.net/2014/02/working_backwards of Steve Jobs making a point about the way technology should be used when developing new products.

Jobs said:
"One of the things I've always found is that you've got to start with the customer experience and work backwards to the technology. You can’t start with the technology and try to figure out where you’re going to try to sell it. And I've made this mistake probably more than anybody else in this room. And I got the scar tissue to prove it."

He was probably referring to his experience running NeXT and when he returned to Apple one of his first actions was to kill off the pure R&D function.

This week, Google announced their project Tango http://www.google.com/atap/projecttango/ which is a glorious piece of technology that is going to appeal to any development team working in mobile - especially if the have an interest in location sensing apps. I am sure that a lot of them applied for one of the very limited number of development kits - I know that we did. Is there a danger that you see something ground breaking like "Tango" and then look for a way to apply it? Well that might be true but with the number of project we have a current interest in that are pushing the limits of what we can currently deliver using existing location finding techniques I would surely like to see just how much further we could get using "vision" processing.

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