FlyInn aims at providing an improved multi-modal experience by enabling users to control their smartphone from an embedded device. The project’s final product should be an MVP, showing people how the technology works so that potential users or companies might be interested in the product. FlyInn should cover 95% of all devices (Android) and all different display types. The MVP should run on a common device, 2 other and in the best case on 4 other devices.
For the FlyInn AMOS project, our team of 9 students worked together with the IAV Digital Lab to create the FlyInn app. It allows for the remote control of a user’s smartphone through the screen of an embedded device, to be deployed on bicycles or e-bikes. We were able to overcome our inexperience with the Android stack and related technologies and achieve a steady and productive work rhythm as a team, in large part thanks to the SCRUM approach which was followed rigorously. All main envisaged features were implemented successfully and the finished product attracted highly positive reactions at the AMOS demo day.
Our mission is to develop a working basic navigation application that features route coloring and real-time route calculation for every single point of choice. The developed app is stable and performant and calculates the shortest three routes from an arbitrary point of choice to the destination. It may be extended with more features (e.g. calculation of route depending on traffic) in the future.
To solve the problem that is stated in our project mission, an Android application is built on the Mapbox SDK. By taking this approach, two challenges had to be solved: how to draw alternative routes on this map and how to calculate alternative routes? Mapbox provides an API service for calculating routes, which is limited to 50k free requests per month. By calculating alternative routes at every intersection, this becomes costly. In order to solve this, a self managed routing server using OSRM (Open Streetmap Routing Machine) is set up to make the project independent from the commercial Mapbox routing service […]
The mission of this project is to achieve a functional product that has the core features implemented. Simple users/bikers should be able to create a profile to be able interact with other users through chats, to share and attend events and to create routes. Business customers should have a platform to promote their services.
Our team, composed out of 9 members, all with different technical backgrounds, got together to develop an app meant to bring the motorbiking community closer by designing a space that would allow members to share their interests with other fellow bikers. The app allows the creation of 2 user types, basic users and business customers, thus giving businesses an opportunity to connect with the community. After 4 months of hard work, our team managed to successfully implement all the core features of the product. The current version of app looks promising, allowing space for further development and feature addition.
I just finished reading John Carreyrou’s book Bad Blood, which presents the story of the rise and fall of one-time Silicon Valley unicorn Theranos through his eyes as the journalist who broke the story. In case you missed it: Theranos was a healthcare company promising to sell a machine that could perform quickly and reliably a large number of blood tests needed by medical doctors to aid their patient care. The hitch: The technology never worked and Theranos managed to hide this from investors and the public for a long time.
The house magazine of IAV Automotive Engineering GmbH, a major supplier to the German automotive industry, interviewed Markus Blonn and me about open source and inner source at IAV. We had a good time as you can see 😉
Today, at FOSSC 2019 in Muscat, Oman, I gave a talk about the benefits of sponsoring open source software development to about anyone who isn’t the software vendor whose product is getting replaced by that open source software. These are the slides. I will be repeating the same message at the German Forschungsgipfel in March. Also, here is a slideshare version:
Software product management by case is a college-level course that I created for teaching product management to computer science students. Using the case method, it helps students understand complex real-life situations in product management as well as the strategies and methods used to deal with them.
Some cases are not about product management, though. An example is our case about stock options. Using the IPO situation of one of the dotcom bubble darlings, Caldera Systems Inc, the case helps students understand employee incentive systems and stock options. We were fortunate enough this time to have Stefan Probst in class, who ran Caldera’s German subsidiary.
Stefan answered students’ questions after we finished the case analysis and shared war stories of the dotcom bubble days. Thank you, Stefan, for teaching us!
When? Well: Right after picking it up. The only funny thing is that it took GLS two months to pick it up in the first place.
In a nutshell, I ordered pick-up of a parcel at a warehouse in Ireland and shipment to Germany. However, GLS was unable to pick-up the parcel. I got various inexplicable explanations always followed by a “next time it will work”. They finally succeeded, two months after I had put in and paid the order.
Only to tell me that they lost the parcel right away.
I’m now in the second phase of being ridiculed, where I ask them to find my parcel. When asking, I get the promise they’ll go find it right away, only to never hear from them again. I provided instructions on how the parcel looks like, but the search parties always seem to go missing in action themselves.
I am at a loss of words for this incompetence. Sadly, I also don’t know how to finally get my parcel. I’d appreciate hearing any ideas about what to do about it!