22
Apr
2018

Why Every Business Needs A Google Home App

Development, Google Home, Programming , Consulting, Brisbane

"The ultimate promise of technology is to make us master of a world that we command by the push of a button."

–Volker Grassmuck

Why every business needs a Google Home app

Computer technology was really sold to us as a way to make our lives easier. In many ways this is true. But in many other ways, it has also made the world far more complicated than it ever really needed to be.  An app for this or an app for that. For everything else, it’s a sign-up or login page with a few clicks and form submissions in between.

Consider .....


 
Posted by: Shaun Case
Position: Technical Consultant
Date: 22/04/2018
Comments: 0


29
Oct
2017

Google Home Push Notifications Tutorial

Development, Google Home, Javascript, Programming

Developing Google home voice assist applications is great for those on demand requests. But what about those times where you need Google Home to notify you of events programmatically ?. There are a million scenarios where you might want this to happen. Maybe you would like to know when a certain stock has dropped below a value and you want to be informed immediately?. Or maybe you have time sensitive emails you need to respond to and would rather not check your laptop or phone every 5 minutes?. In this tutorial, I’m going to demonstrate how to achieve the latter scenario in a few short lines .....


 
Posted by: Shaun Case
Position: Technical Consultant
Date: 29/10/2017
Comments: 0


03
Aug
2017

Augmented Reality Using Vuforia Tutorial

Augmented Reality, Developer, Tutorial, Unity, Vuforia

Getting started in Augmented Reality is easier than you think. There’s a number of AR Software Development Kits available on the market that integrate with commonly used developer tools such as Unity. This tutorial will walk you through the basics of setting up project in Unity that will allow you to anchor an animated 3D model to something as simple as video game case. But before we get started… You are going to need / do the following:

  • Download the latest version of Unity - https://unity3d.com
  • A pre-scanned image – Make sure you image is fairly .....


 
Posted by: Shaun Case
Position: Technical Consultant
Date: 03/08/2017
Comments: 0


30
Jul
2017

Google Home Development Tutorial

Developer, Google Home, Programming, Tutorial, Wemo Switch, Node Js

This tutorial will show you how to write some sweet programs that integrate with your brand spanking new Google Home device. You might have noticed that out of the box the device comes with a few limitations or just don't work. Ahem... Belkin Wemo switch. You've probably discovered some other basic limitations Ie: setting a verbal reminder.. I mean WTF Google!. But… There’s saving grace in the fact that you can cut some custom code and integrate with plenty of third party services such as API AI which should get you some of the results you are looking for. 

Here's an example of .....


 
Posted by: Shaun Case
Position: Technical Consultant
Date: 30/07/2017
Comments: 0


26
Jul
2017

Building My First IOT Device

Arduino, ESP, ESP-01, ESP8266, IOT, Programming

This tutorial will show you how to flash an ESP-01 chip (or ESP-8266) and program your first IOT device using a 3.3 FTDI breakout board, a USB cable, some wires and a few other little bits and pieces. If you have ever tried doing this yourself you might notice how bullsh*t painful the process is, especially when you start flashing the firmware. There are so many guides available to you with just a google search (this is going to be another one of them), but I felt like they were never clear and some were overly .....


 
Posted by: Shaun Case
Position: Technical Consultant
Date: 26/07/2017
Comments: 0


22
May
2016

Why Every Small Business Needs a CRM

Insightly CRM, Website Integration

As a busy small software development business. I find it impossibly difficult to keep track of every business prospect & client engagement I've ever had. The biggest mistake I used to make was underestimating the value of even the most brief of chats about a product, a service or an idea. Infact! some of these fleeting moments happened years ago and I've failed to record their contact details let alone what was discussed.  This put simply is missed opportunity. Now whilst the business was cold at the time I could have been proactively reaching out to them on a regular basis with follow .....


 
Posted by: Shaun Case
Position: Technical Consultant
Date: 22/05/2016
Comments: 0


21
Feb
2016

Dynamics CRM SSRS Image Solution

Dynamics CRM, SQL Reporting, SSRS

You might have come across a problem in Microsoft Dynamics CRM on-premise /cloud where you have an issue with  getting images to render after you've deployed your .rpt file. The problem  I experienced in particular seemed to be the result of an "unattended execution account" problem.  Fortunately; I did find a work around to the problem and if there are developers out there with a better solution please feel free to post or ping me . At the time of this writing, the only solution I've found was to develop a custom  plugin that will allow you to convert an image byte array into a base64 string .....


 
Posted by: Shaun Case
Position: Technical Consultant
Date: 21/02/2016
Comments: 0