* Posts by bownie

3 posts • joined 13 Mar 2013

Andrew Fentem: Why I went to quango to fund pre-iPhone touch tech

bownie

NESTA vipers

Some of the points made in this article ring true with my experiences of NESTA around 2002-2004. At the time I was working on a Linux music software product and we had touted it around various Linux expos, as well as government and EU organisations trying to get some small funding and backing for our innovative and open platform ideas. In the end we released it as a product of our own back to some moderate success however the whole process - especially encouraging innovation in open technologies - I would have considered to be exactly the kind of thing that NESTA were set up to help more with.

As it was we met a lot of well-intentioned people but it really served only as a forum for some interesting ideas and lacked any feel other than that people were really rooting for you, good luck etc. All very British in some respects. However in my experience any state money ring fenced for innovation is incredibly hard for true innovators to get their hands on as usually they are just _too_ innovative. Innovation is wanted, but not too much of it.

One thing it NESTA failed to do was provide any structured approach to finding funding (either public or non). At a recent european conference I attended the EU were not only keen to tell you how much money was available but also to encourage and help you at least attempt to gain access to this funding. When NESTA was dequangod a few years ago I wasn't particularly sorry to see it go.

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Leap Motion Controller: Hands up for PC air gestures. That's the spirit

bownie

Moving target

I was on the developer programme for the Leap since February and was very impressed with the hardware and the attitude of the company to embrace developers. The points made in the article though are valid - it is difficult and frustrating and also tiring to use. The API that Leap provided to developers was good but kept on changing in rather large chunks too close to the shipping time for me to consider actually putting together an app. Nice tech and I think it will find a niche - in fact I think there is room for it in the 'wearable' computers space providing an interface where there isn't one currently.

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Microsoft unveils even more tempting Kinect offering: Open source

bownie

Trying to catch up with the Leap

This to me looks like an attempt to at least partially head off the Leap Motion. The Kinect SDK is a huge monolith as stands and this is MS trying to get the community to help out make it a bit smaller and more (consumer oriented) developer friendly.

The Leap Motion SDK is already very developer friendly and the hardware is cheaper, smaller and generally sexier than the Kinect. Will be good to see what happens between these two devices in the ' gesture space' over the next six months.

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