My Thoughts on Glass

August 27th, 2013 by Chris Allen

I recently took a trip down to NYC a few weeks ago to pick up my new Google Glass. I figured now that we’ve had a bit of time to play with it here at Infrared5 and Brass Monkey, it’s time to write a post on our findings and what we think.

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Multithreading Perceptual Computing Applications in Unity3d

August 21st, 2013 by Steff Kelsey

Once again we are excited about being featured on the Intel Developer Zone blog for a post done by Infrared5 Senior Developer Steff Kelsey. This post Multithreading Perceptual Computing Application in Unity3d talks about the challenges the Infrared5 team faced while participating in the Intel Ultimate Coder Challenge. Follow the link to hear the steps we went through to make Kiwi Catapult Revenge a reality! As always, we love hearing your feedback and feel free to share with others.

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The Bus Rule

August 13th, 2013 by Adam Doucette

“What happens if you get hit by a bus?”

This question, though macabre, is something of an inside joke between office workers. Ask almost anyone who has worked in an office about “The Bus Rule”, and they will laugh knowingly. “The Bus Rule” can be explained as being short-phrase for ensuring someone else at your work understands your responsibilities and, in the unlikely case that you were to get hit by a bus, this person would be able to handle those responsibilities in your place. Although this morbid and dark analogy is not the most pleasant image to think about, ensuring your work can be continued in your absence (hopefully under less dramatic circumstances) is important to consider.

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The Making of MassROUTE, Part I: Inception

August 5th, 2013 by Todd Anderson

Arduino + Bi-Color LEDs

Prior to moving to our beautiful new office here at Infrared5, we were located just off Centre Street in Jamaica Plain. The location was not only convenient for delicious food choices, but also for being located along the MBTA 39 Bus Route.

I prefer to ride my bike into work, but if for some reason that is not possible, I take public transportation. One reason that would prevent me from riding my bike is weather. If you are familiar with winters here in Boston it’s not particularly fun to stand outside in freezing wind and snow waiting for a bus that – let’s face it – doesn’t run on a schedule. In fact, we have a little pet name for the buses that run around here: we call them ‘Banana Buses’ because they come in bunches, leap frogging down Centre in sets of 3.

MBTA scheduling concerns aside, we are fortunate enough to be provided with real-time data from Massachusetts Department of Transportation which, I must say, is quite accurate.

We had been playing around with the real-time bus data for a bit, making various apps and even just using the service as a jumping off point for learning more about a language or library through data integration. Due to a recent fascination with microcontrollers and circuitry, I thought it was about time we have some physical indicator within the office that would notify us of the next approaching bus so we didn’t have to keep checking one of the several apps we built. As such, a project we call MassROUTE was born.

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