A while back I posted a blog on learning to program for kids, where I discussed scratch and kodu. Both are going strong, although I’ve seen scratch more often in use than kodu. Anyhow my son is getting older and jumping hats (“MuetzenSpring”) doesn’t cut it any more. If there aren’t any zombies then it’s not worth coding. Also some colleagues and friends have asked what is more relevant for teenage kids. Both the systems in the old post are relevant for learning concepts of programming but at some point they become not very useful for game development.
Exciting news: at Basler we are exploring new opportunities in the Point-of-Sale markets (POS). In our large network of friendly partner companies we get a lot of chances to work on special camera projects. We don’t produce any “end-systems” but often produce special cameras for special markets. There is one very exciting project here just entering its production phase. It is a joint venture with a leading german “lebensmittel” producer. The camera has been nicknamed here “das Würstli” and is used for food inspection. I like the name because it’s got an umlaut in it – and umlauts are cool (ask Mövenpick).
You go away for “a bit” and the office does change (even though everyone says nothing changes). Even the important things have changed. The network cable. Without the internet… well best not think about it.
It’s good to be back. Turning on the old computer… deleting 12 months worth of emails in one go. So my sabbatical is over and I’m back in the old… er… building. New job.
I’m not Head of Software anymore but doing something completely different. Change is good. But lets start with what happened. Continue Reading →