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.

Enjoy!

+jb

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.

Check out this website for more info:
http://solveforx.com



Monday, February 3, 2014

Happy Birthday Mac!



Apple's biggest anniversary project was one done in secret. 

The company spent the actual day of the anniversary — January 24 — making a short movie. Filmed in 10 countries on five continents (over 36 hours, given the time differences), the movie focuses on all of the things people are doing with Apple products. It was filmed entirely on iPhones and edited over the past week — on Macs, of course.



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...

Cheers,
+jb


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 Michale's locally.

One thing I have noticed about Michale's.....they have slowly begun to make ALL of thier own products and squueze out the other craft companies in favor of their own relections line and other wholly owened products throughout the store.

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

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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John Boucard invents new touch tech interactive brochures and social expression products



John Boucard has invented new PaperClix technology that can be easily embedded into recordable greeting cards or marketing brochures that allows anyone to simply touch anywhere on a custom graphic and record a personal / business message.

Addtitonally, users can plug paperClix enabled products into a computer to simply drag and drop audio segments onto an extremely thin flat surface and activate them simply by touching graphics.
John Boucard: "I am extremely excited about paperclix technology and the ability to re-envision interactive paper for personal and business use."PaperClix technology is currently being developed in conjuntion with LifeCards.Me

John Boucard develops LIFESTREAM, a unique system that melds life events with physical objects.



John Boucard's new technology platform (code named Lifestream) has three core elements: a website, software supplements, and hardware extensions.  Each of these elements has extensive options and opportunities for growth.  Most importantly, all three elements work together to create a fully personalized Lifestream experience for each user.

John Boucard invents new PaperClix Technology



John Boucard has been developing new PaperClix Technology and embedding it into various types of flat surfaces such as whiteboards, paper folios, and stationary.

The new technology allows anyone to touch or gesture on a a flat surface, paper, stationary, and even packaging.

Enjoy!

Interactive Packaging by John Boucard



I have been developing interactive, conductive ink packaging that is able to manage TOUCH, LIGHT, SOUND, INTERNET, and INTERACTIVE ELEMENTS placed in various locations inside / outside the package.

John Boucard invented a gesture recognition system called ION Educational Gaming System



HASBRO ION EDUCATIONAL GAMING SYSTEM

​Hasbro ION E.G.S. came complete with console, compact camera and an Active Learning Disc with five games. The camera with motion-sensitive technology lets kids appear live on the TV screen and become part of the game. Players move their bodies--not game controllers--to control the action and guide themselves through learning adventures.


Pocket Robots by John Boucard

From an old presentation of Pocket Robots.

Pocket Robots

I wanted to create a small digital friend that could become the future of promotional concepts and could change personalities everyday based on human input, speech, or even vision recognition of object.
Prototype worked pretty well.


Disney Clickables Technology - Invented by John Boucard






John Boucard invented Clickables technology and developed a series of products around the technology.

Clickables was the world’s first interactive toy that connected what you were doing in the real world with online games (the first being a massively multiplayer online called Pixie Hollow). The technology was invented by John Boucard and developed in conjunction with the Walt Disney Company.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hasbro ION EGS



John Boucard invented the ION EGS (Educational gaming system) and licensed it to Hasbro.