Author Archives: Michael

6 Resources To Build Cool Minecraft Mods with Python

Looking for a fun way to explore learning to code with your students or children? Consider exploring writing Minecraft mods using Python. In our house, we continue to enjoy building(destroying) together as a family in shared Minecraft worlds. I appreciate … Continue reading

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Tools to Organize Your Young Makers Program

Girls from RealImpact build Arduino robots at SparkMacon Makerspace.   As a parent, I want my children to feel prepared to support themselves and thrive in the economy of the future. Given I have relatively young kids, we have no … Continue reading

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7 Ideas For Your Next #Android #ARCore app

IKEA Place App Comes to Android, Powered by ARCore. — Droid Life (@droid_life) March 19, 2018 You can now Smash Tanks in AR on Android, too!Explosive multiplayer action in augmented reality (AR). Any place is a battlefield. #ARCore #madewithunity … Continue reading

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Detecting Motion using Python, SimpleCV and a Raspberry Pi

My wife and kids enjoy bird watching. In our dining room, we attached a bird feeder to a window in the room. My wife asked if I could hack together a way to snap pictures of birds that visit the … Continue reading

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5 Fun BBC Microbit Project Lessons

As I have reflected on various physical computing activities we tried with our kids, I started reviewing a novel microcontroller from our friends at the BBC, the micro:bit.   In addition to the BBC bringing us awesome stories like Dr. Who, … Continue reading

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Thank you to and Orlando Unity 3D meetup!

In the past week, our Google Developer Group of Central Florida teamed up with the Unity 3D meetup of Orlando and to discuss building VR experiences for Google VR.  We shared the fundamentals of building for Google DayDream and … Continue reading

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What’s new in Google Virtual Reality?

Google DayDream and Google Cardboard seek to make virtual reality experiences broadly accessible leveraging your smartphone and cleverly designed viewers. The initial release of Google Cardboard had a great DIY feel. Developers received a laser cut cardboard structure that you … Continue reading

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Adventures with Star Wars: Last Jedi AR Stickers

Like many families, we had the opportunity to check out the latest Star Wars movie, the Last Jedi. It seems that Google’s AR team and Disney have cooked up a fun Christmas gift for owners of Google Pixel phones: AR … Continue reading

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Connecting Community Service to Makerspaces and Developer Communities

In November 2017, I had the honor of speaking at DevFest Florida, a community organized developer conference focusing on Google technology. I had an amazing time at this conference. You can check out my reflections on this experience at … Continue reading

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10 AFrame.IO Resources For Your WebVR Project

I’m a big fan of the work of the AFrame.IO community.  Thank you to Mozilla, Diego Marcos, Kevin Ngo, and Don McCurdy for their influence and effort to build a fun and productive platform for building WebVR experiences.   For some … Continue reading

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