Steve Case is, among other things, the co-founder of America Online (#AOL), the company that democratized online access. He’s written a book called The Third Wave: An Entrepreneurs Vision of the Future.
Guy Kawasaki recommends that you read it to gain insights into the next curve of tech entrepreneurship. You can get it here.
In his book, Steve talks about the importance of the 4 P’s to help you being successful:
Gamification has the power to motivate users and customers, directing them towards your business needs and objectives. Using gamification techniques you can turn visitors to customers, and customers to loyal members of your business. If you are not familiar with Gamification, I urge you to learn about Gamification and its techniques on Yu-Kai Chou’s website.
Yu-Kai Chou is the top authority on gamification and human motivation through game-like processes design. He’s said to be “at the cutting edge of the field of behavior design.”
Yu-Kai has created the gamification framework named Octalysis which helps you in deriving all the fun and engaging elements found in games and applying them to real-world or productive activities, while putting the emphasis on human motivation when designing your business processes.
I’v had, and still have, the pleasure and privilege of working with yu-kai. Together we have developed the Octalysis Online Tool, to help its users create octalysis graphs, as part of the process of gamifying their businesses.
In the beginning of 2016, I have upgraded this tool, with a new and very useful feature: Save & Load. This feature enables “floating” visitors to register as users, allowing them to save octalysis graphs they have created and load existing octalysis to continue working on them.
This new feature was developed with the purpose of making these processes as quick and simple as possible.
And so, sign up and log in are very straight forwards, and include the very minimum information and interaction from the users.
Saving, and loading, octalysis graphs is even simpler, allowing the user to focus on the creation and perfection of the octalysis and business needs.
I invite you to check out and experience the Octalysis Tool for yourself.
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Yu-kai Chou was helping CaptainUp, a gamification platform, and has created a 10-episode series of videos called “Engaging Website Design” where he talks about how to create an engaging website by incorporating gamification concepts.
Yu-kai’s videos are shot all over the world and this first one focuses on finding a gamification platform.
Recently, the IFTTT (if this than that) has introduced a new service, the DO Button. This service, available for mobile devices, empowers you to create your own personalized button with just a tap.
With the DO Button you can save time and control the world around you with Recipes that connect your button to Philips Hue, Google Drive, Nest Thermostat, and hundreds of Channels you use every day.
This new feature is competing against existing services, but seems to have the advantage of an already existing and experienced product. IFTTT already has many users and many ready-to-use Recipes which makes the experience of the DO Button more immediate and fulfilling.
The DO Button service, and other similar to it, offer to create a “shortcut” button on our mobile devices, for our favorites actions, online and offline. The real jump leapfrog for this kind of service will be the DO Brain Chip.
When you have a short-cut thought, you can achieve much more in less time. You can shop in your favorite super-market, while on the phone with your mother, while chatting with friends, and all that while you are playing tennis with your partner.
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Last week Microsoft has introduced the HoloLones, which are a smart virtual reality (VR) headset for the home and office use.
The HoloLens are the product of Microsoft’s research project two years ago, where they played with the idea of linking holograms to your TV. This turned into a headset that sits on your head and runs the new holographic software.
Unlike something like the Oculus Rift, which presents you with a complete virtual world, the HoloLens has clear lenses, and imposes your holographic structures and worlds on the environment around you. In short, it’s an augmented reality device along the lines of something like Google Glass.
Microsoft has presented this new device at a great timing: the Google Glass is dead, the Oculus Rift and the Sony Project Morpheus are still yet to reach consumers, and the best of the rest have failed to really capture the imagination. Microsoft’s HoloLens is something a bit different, with potential to become a huge success. When comparing the HoloLens to the Google Glass it is very important to keep in mind that the HoloLens are not only wireless, but don’t require connection to any other device, which means that you can walk around in the office or home.
Google announced it was ending the Glass Explorer program yesterday (on the 15th) and handing over the reins to Nest’s Tony Fadell, it seemed to exit with more of a whimper than a scream. Let’s face it, from its earliest days, people loved to hate Glass.
In fact, from the moment Google announced Glass, people reacted harshly to the new technology. They simply hated the idea of nerds with computers on their faces who could take photos or videos surreptitiously. A new word, Glassholes, entered the popular lexicon to describe folks who wore Glass.
You can continue reading the full blog post on TechCrunch site.
But, does that mean Google Glass is really dead this time?
In its current form, Glass is undoubtedly dead, but there’s no reason to believe Google won’t relaunch it with a new version in the coming month — likely around its annual I/O developer conference.
Now, Glass is becoming its own business unit inside of Google, Tony Fadell will oversee the program, and sales to businesses, developers and schools will continue. Google is also encouraging developers to continue writing apps for the platform. Those are not signs that Google plans to cancel the platform. With Fadell in charge, I doubt Google will only focus on business use cases, as Fadell doesn’t do enterprise.
You can continue reading the full blog post on TechCrunch site.
Do you this the Glass will be re-born as a successful wearable or will die in to the night?