Hi! I’m Wolf Paulus. I’m a photographer, hiker, hacker, technologist, based in Ramona, California. This is my journal, where I share quick thoughts and ideas on technology.

My portfolios and everything photography related, can be found at https://wolfpaulus.photography

PRESENTATIONS

I’m appointed to the advisory committee for the Mobile App Development Certificate at the University of California, Irvine, and occasionally speak at conferences and user groups on topics ranging from Embedded Technology to Emotional Prosody, and everything Voice and Conversational User Interface related of course.

Take a look at some slides from my most recent talks.

UPCOMING

September 20, Java User Group, San Diego, California
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Java User Group in San Jose, California
On September 20, I will be speaking at the San Diego Java User Group on “Bots, Amazon Echo, and language user interfaces in general”

The graphical user interface (GUI) revolutionized computing, however, is becoming overburdened and more difficult to use, particularly on smaller mobile devices. The language user interface (LUI) can overcome this hurdle to usability, both alone and as a supplement to the GUI. It allows using our natural language with the simple user manual: “Just say what you want.” The Language User Interface is the core technology behinds text based (chat-) bots and voice enabled applications.

Microphone arrays and far field technologies are now available at market-ready pricing, enabling a large proliferation of environment based voice interaction. Soon, even through noise, multiple speakers will become identifiable, when interacting with appliances and specialized devices (e.g. Amazon Echo).

Come and learn about best practices for voice and language UIs: Simple patterns like adaptive greeting, randomness, maintaining context, or predictive follow-up, can make an already good Voice and Language User Interface spectacular. If you haven’t noticed yet, Amazon’s Echo has had a tremendous impact on the outlook of voice assistance. Is the era of ubiquitous voice assistants right around the corner? Perhaps, but there’s no denying the rise in popularity of voice and chat driven assistants.

P4NLA

 

October 8, Desert Code Camp, Chandler Arizona
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Desert Code Camp at the Chandler – Gilbert Community College Pecos Campus in Chandler, AZ
On October 8, I will be speaking at the San Diego Java User Group on “Bots, Amazon Echo, and language user interfaces in general”

The graphical user interface (GUI) revolutionized computing, however, is becoming overburdened and more difficult to use, particularly on smaller mobile devices. The language user interface (LUI) can overcome this hurdle to usability, both alone and as a supplement to the GUI. It allows using our natural language with the simple user manual: “Just say what you want.” The Language User Interface is the core technology behinds text based (chat-) bots and voice enabled applications.

Microphone arrays and far field technologies are now available at market-ready pricing, enabling a large proliferation of environment based voice interaction. Soon, even through noise, multiple speakers will become identifiable, when interacting with appliances and specialized devices (e.g. Amazon Echo).

Come and learn about best practices for voice and language UIs: Simple patterns like adaptive greeting, randomness, maintaining context, or predictive follow-up, can make an already good Voice and Language User Interface spectacular. If you haven’t noticed yet, Amazon’s Echo has had a tremendous impact on the outlook of voice assistance. Is the era of ubiquitous voice assistants right around the corner? Perhaps, but there’s no denying the rise in popularity of voice and chat driven assistants.

 

INSPIRING VIDEOS

Many new concepts that I implement in mobile applications, are communicated best through video clips or short films.

Take a look at some high quality short HD films that I have created over the last few months and years.

STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHS

“Amateur Professionalism”, a concept used since 2004, describes an emerging sociological and economic trend of people pursuing amateur activities to professional standards. That pretty much describes how I look at my photography work today.

If you like, take a look at some of my photos and the stories behind them, at https://wolfpaulus.photography

RECENT POSTS

Installing Tomcat 8.5 on macOS 10.12 Sierra

The Servlet 4.0 specification is out and Tomcat 9.0.x will support it. However, at this point Tomcat 8.5.x is the best Tomcat version and it is supporting the 3.1 Servlet Spec.

Since OS X 10.7 Java is not (pre-)installed anymore, let’s fix that first.

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The Conversational User Interface is a Minefield

The path to an acceptable Conversational User Interface is heavily mined and booby-trapped. Let’s not fall into the IVR trap, but create a humanized and personalized user experience. [IVR – Interactive voice response is a technology that allows a computer to interact with humans through the use of voice and DTMF tones input via keypad. – Think about calling your insurance company … ‘To file a claim, press 2’]

While they can benefit greatly from each other, there is no need to create a dependency between a Conversational User Interface (CUI) and Machine Learning (ML). It is not hard to imagine how a CUI can be put to good use with a currently existing service infrastructure. In fact, I think it is a good idea to apply the principal of “separation of concerns” and not merge the already difficult task of creating a CUI with new or untested ideas for services and solutions. read more…

Updating the Nexus 6P to Android 7 Nougat .. Now!

Here are the steps to update your Nexus 6P to Android 7 (final) release.

Step 1. Install Android Studio

Download and install Android Studio from here. If you think you already have everything you need, at least verify your adb version like so:

.. Check adb version

adb version
Android Debug Bridge version 1.0.36
Revision af05c7354fe1-android

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