Google’s Project Jacquard





Project Jacquard makes it possible to weave touch and gesture interactivity into any textile using standard, industrial looms.
Everyday objects such as clothes and furniture can be transformed into interactive surfaces.

Love the concept of weaving embedding electronics and interacting with them.
A Fabric that can communicate.

Google Gesture

“For some people, sign language a must. But most people don’t understand sign language, which means a lot of interesting conversations never take place. How can we help, Google bridge the gap between those who use sign language and those who don’t?”


Adobe Unveils Flash Player 10.1 and AIR on Mobile Devices

At Mobile World Congress, Adobe officially announced Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR for Android. I think and believe these technologies will redefine the mobile experience. Kevin Hoyt recorded a great video overview showing some demos on the Motorola Droid, which you can see. Creating seamless experience for across devices and reusing the same code is a big challenge but now with Adobe Air developers can bit relax.

“These technologies, combined with Flash CS5, will revolutionize how developers create mobile applications. It will be easy to create a single application and deploy it to the iPhone and also to other devices via Adobe AIR. You can also use the same code and assets to deliver a mobile browser version using Flash Player 10.1. Google has made a great choice partnering with Adobe and I believe consumers will benefit by being able to choose whatever type of content they want to view. ”

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Flash Player 10.1 coming to Palm Pre, Motorola Droid and Google Nexus One. What’s next!

Adobe is working on couple of new upcoming phones under open screen project like Palm Pre, Motorola Droid and Google Nexus One with the power of Adobe flash player 10.1.

Some important snippets are:

“At CES, Palm demonstrated Flash content in the browser on a Palm Pre. Palm’s press release states that developers can expect to download a free Adobe Flash Player 10.1 plug-in from the Palm App Catalog in the coming months. Palm webOS will be one of the first mobile platforms to support the full Flash Player in the web browser. Here you can check out a quick demo by Adrian Ludwig showing various Flash games from Armor Games and on a Palm Pre.”

“Consumers demand that the same high-quality Web experience they know from the desktop port easily to their mobile experience as well,” said Sanjay Jha, co-CEO of Motorola and CEO of Motorola Mobile Devices. “Working with Adobe to bring rich Flash content to our smartphone portfolio will revolutionize how consumers experience the mobile Web by making it more vivid and interactive than ever before.”

“Flash is an integral part of the Web and delivers rich content, applications and videos to millions,” said David Wadhwani, vice president and general manager, Platform Business at Adobe. “By working with us to bring virtually all Flash content on the Web to its devices, Motorola is ensuring consumers have an uncompromised Web browsing experience no matter where they are.”

Google also announced their new Nexus One. As part of the Open Screen Project, Adobe’s working with Google to make sure that the Nexus One will have Flash Player 10. It’s got a very powerful 1 GhZ chip made by Qualcomm, so you’ll be able to play a ton of games, watch video, and browse other Web content built with Flash. We’re still working on the finishing touches so Flash Player 10.1 isn’t available publicly yet, but we’ll deliver it over the air to existing phones once it’s available. In the meantime, I thought you might like to see this video of some examples Flash content running on this great new phone.”

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta 2 now available for PCs. You can read more about the new capabilities of Adobe flash player 10.1.  here


Adobe helps search engines to handle Flash


An interesting news and often asked questions by many developers that “if they use Adobe’s Flash technology, is Search engines will be able to find text embedded in Flash files(SWF)” But Now YES!

According to Adobe it says “Adobe is providing optimized Adobe Flash Player technology to Google and Yahoo! to enhance search engine indexing of the Flash file format (SWF) and uncover information that is currently undiscoverable by search engines.”

Google has been quickest off the mark, and the Official Google Blog boasts:
Google has been developing a new algorithm for indexing textual content in Flash files of all kinds, from Flash menus, buttons and banners, to self-contained Flash websites. Recently, we’ve improved the performance of this Flash indexing algorithm by integrating Adobe’s Flash Player technology.

Yahoo appears to be a bit slower off the mark as no official press release but as from Adobe “Yahoo! also expects to deliver improved Web search capabilities for SWF applications in a future update to Yahoo! Search. “Yahoo! is committed to supporting webmaster needs with plans to support searchable SWF and is working with Adobe to determine the best possible implementation,” said Sean Suchter, vice president Yahoo! Search Technology Engineering.

It’s very important while designing and developing your content using Flash for web as well as Mobile to optimize it properly for search engines discoverable.

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SWF searchability FAQ


Google Gears released on mobiles

Google Gears released on mobiles

Google has announced the release of its Google Gears service on mobile phones. Google Gears offers people offline access to services that are normally only available online.
“We are very excited by the potential here. We expect mobile apps built using Google Gears to usher in a new trend in mobile application development,” stated software engineer Chris Prince in a company blog.

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