Saturday, March 2, 2019

A new HEATED RAZOR Prototype

Introducing the Heated Razor by GilletteLabs - the razor that makes the comfort of a hot towel shave accessible to guys every morning.

I had a chance to test the prototype that will end up being Gillette Labs Heated Razor initiative.

This prototype is very well made and uses a wireless charging base to recharge the Gillette Heated Razor.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Machine learning and augmented reality

Pok√©mon Go creator Niantic announced today that it’s planning on letting third-party developers use its augmented reality platform to develop apps. To showcase how that technology, which Niantic calls its Real World Platform, is improving all the time, the company made a demo video to showcase a technique it calls occlusion.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Robotics and IOT

I have had the great privilege to brainstorm with, invent, negotiate, and help deploy some of the world's most important robotic and iot initiatives.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Creation of a virtual reality photo album by John Boucard

I have been working on a NEW type of memory album that connects physical objects to personal virtual reality experiences.

I shot a small video showing a test app (that I call Paperclix VR) that is able to visually recognize photographs and swiftly activate VR photospheres, movies, and even a collection of VR experiences chained together for a more exciting memory experience.

A prototype album was created whereby I can tear out a paper based viewer and selectively activate VR content that I can shoot with the same app and store in the cloud.

My goal is to create a line of specialized albums and diaries in the future.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Wearables, Gesturing, and Notifications

I found an old presentation from 2013 where I was fascinated with icon based notifications and the ability to gesture + shortcut routines.  I was contemplating building a comfortable wearable for simple notifications and color change.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Google Cloud Video Intelligence and the future of machine vision

Powerful Video Analysis

The mighty Google has announced something really special and timely.  The FUTURE of machine vision and image recognition interpretation.

I will be following very closely.  Who knows, I might just building a few prototypes melding hardware and software apis (like this one) already.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Robot Agents and visions of the future past

I can relate personally to the development of home robots and those types of physical and digital interfaces required to intuitively control hearables or even other types of agent robots.

I like what Sony is doing here and see how we will one day depend on these helpers in our homes and work spaces.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Conductive Ink Interfaces by John Boucard

I have been highly interested in inventing conductive interfaces for quite some time.  I have quite a few companies these days interested in having me develop unique ways to control machines / robots.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Recruitment of creatives

Disney has debuted an interactive companion website,, to promote Brad Bird’s upcoming Tomorrowland. The site begins to untangle the film’s complex alternative history-plotline in which four legendary historical figures—Jules Verne, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and Gustave Eiffel—join forces to create a secret science society called Plus Ultra.
The site includes two short animated pieces that help tell this backstory. Both videos are narrated by someone (Maurice LaMarche?) who sounds an awful lot like Orson Welles, which is probably who it’s supposed to be since Welles plays a role in the film’s prequel novel Before Tomorrowland. The visual style and tone of the animation purposefully evokes the “Tomorrowland” TV specials that were directed by Ward Kimball in the mid-1950s, as well as some of Disney’s other science projects like theDisneyland episode “Our Friend the Atom.”

Google IO 2015

In the months since the IO 2014, Google has teased us with a number of tantalizing products and intriguing concepts, including the Project Ara modular phone, Project Tango tablet, and more Android Wear smartwatches than we can count. All of these - and more - have me looking forward to its 2015 conference.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Augmented Reality

Magic Leap is showing what it might look like to use its hardware for augmented reality gaming in the future, with a new demo of what the team is apparently “playing in the office” right now. The interface, which includes non-game interaction and then a short demo of an in-office virtual shooter experience, was created in tandem with Weta Workshop, a concept art studio responsible for work on projects like Lord of the Rings.

Plasma shield technology

Shields up!

Unlike a Star Trek-style deflector, Boeing's plasma "shield" could never block shells or bullets, let alone anti-matter explosions. But if its patent "for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc" ever amounts to anything, it'd still be a technological tour de force. The idea is to harness electrical energy to stop or slow down the shockwaves created by explosions, which can do just as much damage as shrapnel.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

3D Object Manipulation

From Gizmodo:

"Impressive as they may be, Photoshop tricks are a little bit trite. But what if those same sorts of mind-bending manipulations came to life in 3D, allowing you to change the story of a photograph? Well, a new photo editing tool from some of the nation's top computer scientists lets you do just that. The best part is, you can try it out for free."

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon and the University of California just announced a new suite of software that makes 3D control of objects in a photograph look pretty easy. The tool taps into the many massive online libraries of stock 3D models to provide the specific objects that can be manipulated in a photograph. In a video, researchers show how they find a 3D model of an Ikea chair in their office and plug it into the software, making it possible to flip the chair over and look at it from any angle. The software automagically adjusts the texture and lighting, effectively adding detail to the sides of the object that can't be seen in the original photo, so that everything looks natural.
Props to Adam Clark Estes who wrote the article on Gizmodo.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wearables and Smart Watch Notifications

With all the market a buzz about the iWatch and the Moto 360, I thought it would be fun to share a smart watch and wearable I worked less than 10 years ago.



Thursday, February 20, 2014

Say hello to Project Tango!

Google today announced Project Tango, an Android-based prototype 5″ phone and developer kit with advanced 3D sensors out of its Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) hardware skunkworks group.

Using its sensors, the phone doesn’t just track motion, but it can actually build a visual map of rooms using 3D scanning. The company believes the combination of these sensors with advanced computer vision techniques will open up new avenues for indoor navigation and immersive gaming, among many other things.

I subscribe to Moonshot Thinking

I choose to govern my invention ability around moonshot thinking.

Constantly trying to solve for X

Moonshots live in the gray area between audacious projects and pure science fiction; instead of mere 10% gains, they aim for 10x improvements.

The combination of a huge problem, a radical solution, and the breakthrough technology that might just make that solution possible is the essence of a Moonshot.

Great Moonshot discussions require an innovative mindset--including a healthy disregard for the impossible--while still maintaining a level of practicality.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Smart Wearable for Kids - Omni-Link Omnitrix

The Omni-Link Omnitrix Interacts with all screens.

I love seeing the market for wearables ignite!

Lately watches like MetaWatch Strata / Frame, Pebble, Samsung Gear, and soon (maybe) Apple's iWatch have been grabbing headlines.  I am excited about all of them.

But....Have you seen the Omni-Link Omnitrix ?!?!

The Ben 10 Omni-link Omnitrix interacts with:
  • Televisions Shows
  • DVDs
  • Internet Web Games 
  • Console Games 
  • and games that you can download to your tablet or handheld

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A walk down Smart Watch memory lane.

Meta Watch Frame (White)

Eight years ago I flew to Dallas TX and sat down with a truly inspiring guy. His name was Bill Geiser.

Bill Geiser is (in my opinion) the smartest and most influential person in interactive wearables today.

Back then, Bill was heading up what I thought was the most important division within Fossil.  He and a fellow named David Rosales (who is also smart as hell) had been spearheading the development of high tech wearables for Fossil and had arranged to meet with me to review a few of my crazy (but very forward thinking) ideas.  I have been considering how important that meeting was today.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

First look at the Misfit Shine

I have purchased ALL kinds of wearables.

I bought the Fitbit and even the Jawbone Up when they first came out.

The one I really like the most...The Misfit Shine.

It's really easy to use, well designed, and comfy to wear.  That's they key in my opinion.

One interesting thing I noticed.  It uses a magnent inside the Shine to trigger the app sync and bluetooth to transfer data from the device to the IOS App. Just a guess...otherwise why not just sync with Bluetooth without touch??

Great engineering in such a small, slim, and comfortable wearable.

Well done!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Productivity Future Vision

Watch how future technology will help people make better use of their time, focus their attention, and strengthen relationships while getting things done at work, home, and on the go.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Intention of inventors

I was moved today as Apple kicked off WWDC 2013 with an elegant, simple, and inspiring video.

As an inventor, I watched simple words and phrases paired with animated visuals that describe the thoughts and emotions that creators, artists, and peers go through when we create something out of nothing.

Creating something wonderful and inspiring is hard to do.

When you meet an inventor sometime, take one second and shake their hand (or even hug them).

They certainly deserve it.

People have no idea just how hard it is to innovate consistently.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

2013 Annual Internet Trends Report

Take a look at the latest edition of the annual Internet Trends report. 

There are now 2.4 billion Internet users around the world, and the total continues to grow apace. Mobile usage is expanding rapidly, while the mobile advertising opportunity remains largely untapped. The report reviews the shifting online landscape, which has become more social and content rich, with expanded use of photos, video and audio. Looking ahead, the report finds early signs of growth for wearable computing devices, like glasses, connected wrist bands and watches – and the emergence of connected cars, drones and other new platforms.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Connecting physical objects with digital experiences by John Boucard

Having been involved in creating many kinds of technology platforms that link and associate physical objects with digital experiences, I have been considering lately how to further aggregate and easily serve unique content with products and objects that the consumer may already have in their home or play room.

I was thinking about the wealth of digital content that encircles brands and even specific products under these brands.

Imagine being able to activate and continue to receive "digital toys" or highly crafted experiences around toys or objects that you use to create a product or play with daily.

With an embedded vision recognition module that could easily be accessed users, relevant digital content could be activated to inspire children and even parents to further interact with the brand.

I think it's a big idea and I call it Pixel Search.

More later.

+John Boucard

Friday, March 22, 2013

John Boucard creates Interactive Stickers

I have been fascinated lately with the ability to recall specific memories that I create easily and affordably.

A few years ago I had approached a large social expression company with the concept of interactive stickers that have the ability to recall specific memories from a selection of beautifully designed stickers and adhesive badges.  This small machine can also communicate with other embedded devices, computers, SmartPhones, and Slates.

The interactive stickers would be used to activate stored memories from what I call the STORYBOX Platform.

I have built several embodiments of this StoryBox.

Wait until you see what I am going to do with it next!

More later...


Monday, March 11, 2013

John Boucard reinvents the recordable greeting card

With other low quality recordable greeting cards you might as well be trying to have a speaker phone conversation in the middle of a  blizzard, but with LifeCard, you'll be amazed at the crystal clear sound fused into the micro miniature talking card. 

I have electrincally engineered a super thin sound machine that is thin enough to be embedded into a business card.  We have designed the ability to record one to one marketing messages into the card and easily activate them with a touch of a button.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Interactive iGingerbread House by John Boucard

I always get creative around the holidays and have a little free time on my hands.
This year I wanted to create something special.

I bought a $6 "old fashioned" gingerbread house from Wilton.  I like this company quite a bit.  They do have the best gingerbread house to build with the kids....but, as usual, it just wasn't enough for me to have a regular craft.  I bought the Gingerbread house at a craft store locally.

For Christmas, I wanted to create something interactive and fun to use.  Let's call it the "iGingerbread House" !

I have been working on something that I call the "Storybox" for sometime now.
I always thought it would be cool to tell a story to a small machine and uniquely activate recorded content at specific times with specific craft items. These specific times could be at holidays or celebrations with craft based items that were fun to decorate and make.

I also thought it would be innovative to remotely activate content on an ipad app so that I could bring to life content that was associated with the machine.

I choose Google's superior Santa Tracker, youtube content for 3 hours of holiday music, Magic Santa, and Apple's Photostream as content for the ipad to activate based on how I physically interacted with the Gingerbread house.

Contact me directly if you are interested in the storybox tech.  I would be happy to show you a dedicated demo.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
+john boucard

Saturday, October 13, 2012

John Boucard reinvents the Secret Decoder Ring

Here you can see the hero and villain secret decoder rings

Controlling armies with a wave of the hand used to be the exclusive domain of emperors and warlords. But thanks to the inventiveness of high tech whiz inventor John Boucard and the creative genius of Stan Lee, now anyone can use their meathooks to conduct a massive superhero battle on-line.

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