This past week I had the pleasure of being involved with the Google Launchpad Start located in Johannesburg, South Africa. The week was educational, inspirational and a lot of fun!
The Google Launchpad Start program is a 5-day in-person mentoring bootcamp designed to help early stage startups tackle critical growth challenges. Continue reading Google Launchpad Start – Johannesburg – A summary
This week Firebase launched a new and VERY exciting feature called Firebase Cloud Functions. It makes Firebase even more powerful than before, by allowing you to trigger functions when certain events happen. Events can be any of the following things:
- Data changes on Firebase Realtime database nodes.
- Authentication Changes
- Analytics Changes
- Cloud Storage Changes
- and a few more…
Continue reading Electricity Monitoring App – Send Push Notifications using Firebase Cloud Functions
For those who may not know, I live in beautiful sunny South Africa (see my tweets for lots of awesome pictures). A few years ago we battled with a lack of electricity. While “load-shedding” is not so common these days, we have numerous unplanned outages. We even have a few of apps that give out schedules when the electricity is scheduled to go off in your area (see here and here). Continue reading Android Things – Electricity Monitoring App
In the previous post, we had a short introduction to some hardware basics for the Software Engineer. We learnt about some different components and how to create a blinking LED with Android Things. In this blog post, we will learn to build a distributed piano with Android Things, a Piezo Speaker and Google’s Nearby API.
Continue reading Android Things – Building a Distributed Piano with Nearby Connections API
Android Things is the new kid on the block. It is Google’s embedded platform designed specifically for use with low-powered, IoT (Internet of Things) devices. The Android Things dev preview is available for a few different IoT boards, such as the Raspberry Pi 3, the Intel® Edison and the NXP Pico i.MX6UL.
Continue reading Android Things – Hardware Basics for the Software Engineer