Google Keep - First view on Google's note-taking service

I used a number of software or apps – but after a certain time I have grown somewhat unhappy with the one or another app and interface. But lately I come across Google Keep and examined it and what should I say - I have been very impressed – and the people who knows me – know it’s not that easy to impress me :-) And it might become my new app to collect and manage all of my notes.

My first impression was – that it looks really clean and simple - with options to noting down text, recording audio, embedding photos and populating lists. And that’s a point where most note taking tools already fail. Most note-taking apps take a "more is more" approach and present a complicated conglomeration of navigation, submenus, features, and options – hey man I have an idea. And take the note here and now and not after clicking around. So my main need is to take a note quickly and finding notes.

How quickly can I enter a note or find my note whether that's on any of my mobile devices…

Nuviz HUD is finally ready for the road

HUD stands for Head-Up Display – Let me summarize what is meant with HUD in two sentences – HUDs are showing information via a translucent display. These displays allows the viewer to get information without looking away from the environment or things in front of the viewer. This technic of displaying information on a translucent surface has been used in fighter jets since years. And we see this technology since a while more and more in cars in which the data is projected onto the windshield.

And now there is a HUD device for motorcycle riders.

After years of talk, promises of various start-ups the first-ever Head-Up Display for a motorcycle helmet is finally about to hit the market.

After investing in Skully and losing my money – another crowdfunded project did what they promised the Nuviz HUD is finally ready for the road and ready to ship and at $699 in July 2017

- Let's just hope it's been worth it. And I am more…

NIKEiD Custom Shoes / Sneakers

A Nike store in Paris recently made their customers an AR kiosk device available which allows customers to customize shoes - design their own special sneaker colors and see them projected on the sneaker, in real time, using augmented reality.

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No lines. No checkout. - with Amazon Go

I am pretty sure almost everybody had already thought about how cool it might be to walk into a store, taking all the goods you need, and then just leaving the store and making the checkout without having to do any transactions and standing in the line – well Amazon is calling it “just walk out technology” – or better to remember Amazon Go Amazon Go is coming early 2017 – the location of the first store will be at 2131 7th Ave, Seattle, Washington.

Test users have already testing the store. Amazon is outlining currently the basic details, but I don’t have the full picture and process yet.

Amazon tells it will be fairly simple for the customer. The customer only walk into the store, scans and get recognized by his mobile device. A cart will be created automatically and the customer can collect his goods – that easy.

We all know the ideas of Walmart in the US and Globus and Metro in Germany – they used an actual cart and a scanner. They used either a bar code scanner or RFID scanner. …

The power of YaaS (SAP Hybris as a Service)

In the past few years it has become clearer and clearer that solutions and services will no longer be successfully achieved by one solution that we know today. And yet, service providers and vendors have come to expect seamless solutions and interactions for their particular service and line of business – meaning no flaws or errors at any point on the admin nor on the user side.

Microservices are a new paradigm for software architecture. One approach is that these small services in separated components take the place of large applications. Or they optimize large applications for the special business and technical requirements (scaling, performance, etc.). This way monolithic architecture can be avoided or customized exactly how the service provider or vendor needs it, and systems are easily scalable and adaptable.

This will catapult these businesses and what SAP and SAP Hybris have to provide into a new era of digital connectivity. And SAP Hybris is ready !

SAP Hybris as a Service (Y…

B2B - Collaborative Decision-making

It’s clear sales at all is becoming more complex – most of my clients and colleagues are just thinking about B2C when I mention topics like social shopping and collaborative decision making – but don’t miss the fact that if we are talking about B2B market buying decisions there is in general no sole responsibility of one person.

The steps of a B2B purchase process (cross-company or cross-departmental) concisely said are …
Recognizing that the company has a need that can be solved by purchasing a good or serviceDescribing and quantifying the needSearch for qualified vendorsSending each vendor a request for proposalEvaluating of the submitted proposals of the vendorsNegotiating or renegotiate of offersSelecting one or more vendorsDefining and establishing an order routineConducting a postpurchase evaluation and feedback to the vendors
and these steps will vary whether the buyer is a
First purchaserDaily buyerPeriodic buyerRecurrentResellerBulk buyer

If we talk about personalization and t…

Health and safety computer screen distance

Nowadays we all are spending a lot of your time looking at computers. Researches show that most of us spend more than 50 hours a week staring at computer, mobile screens.

Many people say that they are suffering from “tired eyes”, while others admit to suffering headaches, blurred vision and have difficulty focusing. One of the most crucial things we all should do is to take regular breaks or eye yoga / practice.

I was inspired to write this article by Samsung’s launch of the Samsung Safety Screen application. This app helps users, especially young children, hold their mobile devices at an ideal viewing distance from their eyes.

A few hints to treat your eyes well:

20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look 20 metres (65 feet) away for 20 seconds to give your eye muscles a break and help increase the rate of blinking.Distance of the monitor from your eyes between 40 and 76 centimetres (16 to 30 inches). Most people find a distance of 50 to 65 centimetres (…