Monday, December 21, 2009
At nsquared weve had a lot of questions regarding the book and we thought it would be nice to do an interview with the author.
The movie below gives an answer to the questions:
Why did Dr. Neil write the book?
Who did he write it for? Just for developers? Or is it for designers too?
Why should anyone get a copy of the book?
Why is it published as an ebook only?
Where can you get read a preview or get your own copy of the book?
The answer is here: nsquaredsolutions.com/surfacebook
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
In this movie 2 groups give us an introduction about their Demo Surface application for Healthcare 2.0 in the Netherlands. First we hear "4Left" about their idea for children with a setback in development and second we hear "JYJIM" about their idea for helping people with Autism.
In the second movie 2 groups give us an introduction about their Demo Surface application for Healthcare 2.0 in the Netherlands. First we hear "PZN" about their idea for people with Schizophrenia and second we hear "No Meds" idea for helping doctors and patients within hospitals clarify certain problems.
In the third movie the last group "Delta Development" gives us an introduction about their Demo Surface application for their Surface version of the game "tower defense". The movie ends with a short overview of the classroom where the students are working.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Using a Windows 7 Touch kiosk paired with a Nikon D90 camera, we enabled consumers to contribute to the Photosynth project dedicated entirely to the Lexus Concept vehicle, and to decide the colours of the production cars.
The kiosks allow attendees of the car show to get a great feel for the car by using the Nikon D90s to capture the car’s best features. The pictures are then uploaded to the synth. The same pictures were sent by email and shared with friends and family, directly or through social networking sites. By all accounts the kiosks and interactive app took a beating that no one could have planned for, and it came out shining: more zero-defect software that has resulted in highly engaged consumers and high quality leads for Lexus! Take a look at one of the many Lexus Synths here.
If you have an idea, please drop us a note.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
She has been using the device for a month now, here is her review.
Specifications of the netbook:
1.6GHz N270 Intel Atom Processor
2 GB DDR2 533MHz
Windows 7 Ultimate
10.1" glossy LED backlit display
220GB Hard Drive
802.11b/g Atheros Wireless
Multicardreader (Pro, XD, SD,multitimediacard Sony memory)
SD expansion slot
Built in camera in display
6-Cell 23Wh battery
"When looking at the design of my netbook, I find it very sleek with its softly rounded edges and a smooth glossy surface. The look is fairly basic, but it I like it like that. Glossy plastic is found on the top of the screen cover, as well as around the entire LCD. At times the reflective boarder does get on your nerves if you are in a brightly lit room with many sources of glare."
"Build quality looks solid for a subnotebook and the construction feels strong enough to handle being tossed around inside a bookbag without much concern for its safety (well apart from the glossy surfaces). Holding it while it is folded in half is similar to holding a hard cover book, having a good amount of rigidity to resist flex and compression. The screen cover feels especially strong, which is important for protecting the relatively fragile LCD panel. I do have to say I bought a neoprene sleevecover for protection. Cause my previous netbook has had 4 new displays due to cracks…Better be safe then sorry..."
"I especially liked the multi-gesture touchpad! It's very Iphone-like and easy to use when designing and developing."
"My netbook came with1GB of memory, but I found that a bit too slow. So I bought a 2GB card and now its very speedy!"
For those looking for an even lower cost budget netbook, the Acer Aspire One is a worthy candidate to think about. This computer has solid build quality to handle being tossed around in a backpack or purse, and modest performance to handle common software applications with ease. Battery life is the best with the 6-cell and is highly recommended. While it is not the easiest netbook to upgrade, it does offer a large storage drive to start with and an SDHC expansion slot.
• Good performance (when upgraded to 2GB memory)
• Dual card readers
• Responsive multi-gesture touchpad
• Hard to take apart for upgrades
• Poor sound (without headphones)
• LED display has poor viewing in brightly lighted rooms or outside in the sun
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Last weekend the dutch software developer network (SDN) organized their annual codecamp. Keywords: code, codesharing and cool stuff. An event for developers by developers. Nsquared with huge experience building Surface applications had Freena Eijffinger,marketing & salesmanager Europe,do a session together with Dennis Vroegop from Headcandy about Microsoft surface.
Friday, November 20, 2009
The Surface will be part of the new media-library, and the children welcomed the new "computer of the future" with drums.
Together with company "Onwijs", nsquared provided the schools' Surface unit with educational applications.
Freena, our marketing & salesmanager, was present and made this video:
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The interview is one out of several interviews, to watch the entire video visit the windows teamblog.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
nsquared is proud to present the 2nd out of 2 new apps from After-Mouse that nsquared helped build with design consulting & control development
nsquared is proud to present 1 out of 2 new apps from After-Mouse that nsquared helped build with design consulting & control development
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Not surprisingly Tegatech's director Hugo is batting for the UMPC and has some interesting things to say that may mean the end of the smartphone is the future.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
For the first rollout, five points of sale in France will each have one Surface unit: Marseille, Plan de Campagne, Narbonne, Toulouse Gramond, Evry and Lyon Part Dieu. The Surface application will allow one or several users to interact directly with the interface with a simple touch. Users will be able to explore all of the products and compare them, access detailed specifications (with photos, 3D images, videos and related products), navigate the Internity website and even select their next purchases with their membership card before checking out.
The software running on the Surface units was built by After-Mouse with help from the nsquared technology team in Sydney.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
It should be remembered that this is all still purely research. Do not rush down to the local computer store to buy one of these!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
This week we have released an extra online feature. You can now track where people are posting from Locus on a Silverlight map.
Can you see your glow?
Can you see the glow from your Locus friends?
Monday, October 5, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Do you believe that it's possible, through the intelligent use of software, to improve the lives of millions?
- are world leading Surface developers
- work with Microsoft Research
- are especially active in the Training and Education market sectors
- develop for both Mac and Windows platforms
We're looking for passionate, talented developers who are keen to push the boundaries, because that's what we do every day, on every level.
Not for the faint of heart. If you want to be part of something huge, we want to hear from you. Get in touch to discuss the opportunities
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Test and improve your memory with this fun application on the go. The game automatically mixes up photos already on your phone with a simple shake of the wrist. Try SnapSnap today from the App Store!
Monday, September 28, 2009
- New icons for friends
- Buttons to directly reveal locations of friends by name
- Telstra Australia availability
- Ability to add friends from the phone's Contacts list
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Natural User Interface (NUI), as illustrated by Microsoft Surface and Windows 7 Multitouch is taking the world by storm. Find out what this new ideology entails. Compare and contrast some different NUI technologies and discover what changes lay ahead for all of us. This paper provides a high level view of a current and important trend that can enhance your business or educational endeavors. Click the banner to find out more today!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Learn about the importance of collaboration in education and how technology can enhance collaborative experiences. Discover how collaboration enhances learning through shared responsibility and the use of “jam sessions.” Though technology use in the classroom often amounts to a solitary experience for students, there are many up-and-coming technological tools available for teachers to enhance collaboration in learning. Watch our video to learn more!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Education is a primary focus here at nsquared and we have been working on a number of educational applications. Our current work with MultiPoint, Semblio and Microsoft Surface inspires and thrills us daily. The latest technologies are so easy to just walk up and use, making them accessible to students of all types. We see so much potential for educators in all curriculums!
We invite you to approach us with your ideas and desires in the educational realm. We want to help to make a difference for all.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Keep track of pub crawls or locate the nearest party. Designate a time for children to post their locations to keep tabs on them. Post your location as often as you like. It's simple, fast, and fun!
Locus is a unique geographical placement application that lets YOU specify who can see you on a worldwide map. Post your location for all your friends with iPhones to see, or for just some of them to see at any given time. It's up to YOU. Request the locations of your friends and they can decide whether to allow you to see them as well.
Visit the Apple App Store and download Locus today!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Now we can be visibly green, or as DJ Ruby Rhod would say 'Super Green!'
The green boxes each represent a current project and its status. If a build fails, or tests fail for one of the projects, then the box representing that project will turn red. This provides a very visible way in our technology studio to see that things are going great.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
- Checking in with oneself and one's team
- Practicing unanimous decision making
- Aligning, announcing intention, and setting goals
- Creating a shared vision
Some of us bought in immediately with a "thumbs up" while some of us needed additional information and convincing. In the end, we all agreed to give 100% to the trial. We will report the results in about a week so stay tuned.
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Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
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Thursday, August 20, 2009
- Direct Manipulation
- Performance Aesthetics
- Contextual Environments
Developers and designers worldwide can use these principles to build dynamic Surface applications. What principles do you use for your software development?
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
What are your favorite Surface controls? Contact us and let us know!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
WebControl, the new Browser for Microsoft Surface created by nsquared and AFTER-MOUSE.COM enables us to literally touch the Web, and is undoubtedly another giant leap forward into the foray of social computing. The fun all starts when you reach onto Surface's 30 inch rear projection display to select and open WebControl. It's open and ready for you get your hands on in a flash, and as soon as you're in, you can Take it, Turn it; Stretch it, Shrink it; Search it, Fill it; Spin it, Flick it; and even: double it and triple it!
The powerful WebControl-Surface combination enables collaboration like never before, allowing people to search, share and discuss their findings all at once in a social setting (over dinner or lunch, maybe?). To wrap up the experience once the decisions are made, online forms and applications can be completed to finalise and pay for bookings and reservations, and all without even a hint of a sighting of a Mouse or physical keyboard!
While we don't expect Australians to be able to get their fingers into this slice of the Surface 'pie' any time soon, we know that our European and American friends already have access to the almost unbelievable but very tangible technology of Surface and the opportunities it presents for families, friends and businesses to learn, share and grow.
Inspired by the possibilities and opportunities for your business or venue? We're leading the charge in Surface development, so give us a call or email us to discuss how we can help you to enter the new digital era of social computing and make it work for you and your brand.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Last week the Windows Marketplace for Mobile (think App Store for Windows Mobile) was given some public exposure through the Windows Mobile Blog
Dr Neil had some comments of his own regarding the Windows Marketplace for Mobile.
“Windows mobile has had an open marketplace for a number of years now, in the form of online stores such as Handango
Thursday, July 30, 2009
For those that are not Microsoft partners, the release candidate of Windows 7 will be available until August 20, and the RTM (official release) version will go on sale with new computers beginning October 22. You can buy a PC now and upgrade it if it supports the Windows 7 Upgrade scheme.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
At nsquared we are prepared to build on any platform, not just Apple and iPhone. So if you want help producing an application without the danger of being silenced by Apple, we would love to help! Contact us!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
But be warned, oh Generation Z, IT will not deliver if you don't. This highly romanticized field is not for the faint-hearted. It takes a true lover of technology, someone infused with enthusiasm and zest for understanding of the vast possibilities the future holds. Someone willing to take risks and expose their internal creative nature. And someone willing to get down and dirty with the code and the deadlines.
At nsquared, we have a passion for technology and as well as a firm committment to the realities of the field. If you have these qualities and something unique to offer, contact us! Can you deliver?
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Check out some of our fab apps
- Translation Station: Translate between 12 languages using the Microsoft Translator.
- Lady Match: Match the gorgeous girls in this new twist on Snap.
- Pic Picker: Match your own pictures in another Snap game.
- Follower: Play this game of memory and concentration by repeating the patterns.
- Finger Bars: Repeat the notes on the colored bars using your fingers.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
We think Windows 7 has great potential. More stable than Vista, more polished, more evolved. And it was successfully finished on time! Windows 7 has received a consistent amount of positive feedback, and the pre-orders demolished the Vista pre-orders. So where's the Microsoft generated hype? Where's the glossy marketing? Such a shame that they aren't more confident, because confidence sells.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
If you have an idea for a sexy Surface application you would like to see implemented, or have a need for Surface training in your area, contact us.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
At nsquared we have been doing some work with Silverlight 3 and the advantages over Silverlight 2 seem small but tidy. The tooling however has mostly gotten a lot better. Blend 3 is really looking good, it hardly even crashes any more. Strangely Visual Studio seems to have taken a step back with no visual preview of the Silverlight rendered from the XAML.
The Silverlight 3 out of the browser experience on OSX would be nice if we had not already implemented our own version for Silverlight 2 last year. It is great that Microsoft can maintain that experience for us in a way that reduces our costs.It seems like more and more teams at Microsoft are now fixing their websites to drop Flash and move over to Silverlight. Our favorite is, of course, the new Surface website.
As always, nsquared is staying ahead of the curve by implementing the very latest technology products. We are here to help you bring your innovative software ideas to life!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
With 65,000 applications to compete with, how can you make yours one of the next 1.5 billion? First, of course it must be sexy. I don't mean an application about sex (though those are great too), it must be sexy in that it appears engaging, attractive, and inviting. Second, it must offer intuitive functionality. Third, it must be either useful or entertaining (or both). If it meets those qualifications, combined with good marketing, your app will be unstoppable!
If you have an idea for an iPhone application, nsquared can help you make it awesome, gorgeous, and irresistible! Contact us!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Watch as Dr. Neil refutes the Gizmodo guys!
And as always, if you have ideas needing implementation for Windows 7 MultiTouch or Microsoft Surface, contact us!
Our chat room is ideal for web site chats of all sizes. Even use it for live events! From small classroom lectures to extra-large functions, the chat room is perfect. The audience can use the chat room to communicate with other attendees and the speaker can moderate the communication in real time.
Some of the nsquared managedchatroom features include:
- Scales no matter how many users participate (the chatroom automatically creates new rooms within the ‘chatroom’ as each room reaches capacity, thereby preventing thousands of people from trying to talk at once in one room)
- Contains a complete moderator toolset that includes broadcasting to all rooms within the chatroom, merging rooms, setting the room topic/name, moving users between rooms, banning users, making users moderators, private messaging users, and answering questions asked privately to moderators
- Anyone with a LiveID can sign in and have their own unique name (there is no need to go through a separate signup process to chat)
- Offers guest access with anti-bot random generated code
- Contains a profanity filter
- Enables easy placement of the chatroom frame into any format that accepts regular HTML
- The chatroom is unique to the web site it is placed upon and cannot be replicated on any other site due to LiveId authentication
- Chatroom owners have access to a web control panel where they can view and moderate all of the users that have accessed the chatroom
Check it out for a free 2-hour trial period! http://www.managedchatroom.com/
Sunday, July 12, 2009
We hope you enjoy our presentation and join us for future vlogs about Surface development. Remember to contact us for help with your Surface development needs.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Thanks for checking out our vlog and be sure to contact us if you have Surface ideas to implement or would like training in your area!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Stay tuned for more Surface magic!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Today Dr. Neil and I sat down in our Australia office to do our first vlog addressing some of these challenges in response to an article on the ars technica site. We plan to start doing these regularly, so stay tuned. If you need help or training on Microsoft Surface development, contact us!