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Purr Programming Shirt Part 4 — Adding Android Wear Support

In the first three parts of this series we discussed how to create a wearable garment (in our case, a t-shirt) with LEDs, how to connect it to an Android device using MetaWear, and how to make it change colors

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Purr Programming Shirt Part 3 – Changing Colors Based On Twitter Notifications

In the previous installment of this blog series, we talked about setting up a service to talk to the MetaWear board. In the app, we flash and change the colors of the LEDs on the t-shirt by sending broadcast intents

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Purr Programming Shirt Part 2 — Communicating with the MetaWear

In Part 1 of this series, we talked about the hardware for our Purr Programming t-shirt and how we connected all of the components. Now let’s talk about the Android app that controls the shirt’s LEDs. Our app has the

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Purr Programming Shirt Part 1 — The Hardware

If you’ve met the folks at Polyglot Programming, you know that we love cats, t-shirts, and wearables. Which is, of course, exactly why we recently came up with an idea to combine all three into a project. No, we didn’t

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Measuring Your Heart Rate on Android Using MetaWear

While the MbientLab MetaWear has a number of sensors built into the board, it also has the ability to interface with a host of analog sensors. With many wearable devices focusing on fitness, you might find yourself needing to integrate

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Logging Thermistor Data With The MetaWear

The MetaWear board allows you to easily create bluetooth enabled low power wearable devices. Unlike many solutions, as an Android developer you can write applications that program, and interact with the board using a API. We recently created an application

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Creating a Pedometer Using MetaWear and Android

Six months ago we started to play with a really cool wearable prototyping board called MetaWear from Mbientlab. If you haven’t heard of them you can read about the platform over here. ┬áThe idea behind them is that they are

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Using Google Glass For Reveal.js Speaker Notes

I have been a Glass explorer since last November and regularly give a lot of talks at conferences and meetups. One of the first things that I really wanted to have was a way to have my speaker notes be

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Getting Started With Google Glass Development Using Ruby, the Mirror API and Heroku

While Google Glass is a Android device, you don’t need to be an Android developer to start to create apps for it. What is the Mirror API The Mirror API is a Google API based cloud service that hooks into

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Getting Started with PhoneGap on Google Glass

Until last December your only option as a non-Google employee for developing Glass applications was to use the Mirror API. While the Mirror API is relatively easy to use, especially as a Rubyist, it has limited functionality. Now that the

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