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The end of the mouse!

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Sliders suck. “Little too far to the left. Ugh. Little too far to the right. ARRHGH!!!” The mouse can be a frustrating controller for Photoshop, Final Cut, AutoCAD or even Spotify. But a new input device called Flow lets you play your computer like an instrument, with infinite dexterity through feeling rather than sight.

The Y Combinator startup Senic’s ~$100 wireless Flow puck offers four types of control: motion by waving over its infrared sensor, a programmable touch-sensitive pad on top, haptic response for pushing Flow like a button, and a physical cylinder around the sides that you can twist for ultimate precision. It already works with 30 apps like some of the Adobe Creative Suite, and cunning developers can build custom Flow interfaces for anything they want.

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Co-founder Tobias Eichenwald thinks there are better ways to work than squinting at a screen. He wants Flow to let you…

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Yes! I’ve got it! I can’t believe it! I can’t believe that only few months ago I was thinking of ways to subscribe to LiveCode. Only to realise that I wasn’t able to, financially speaking. And just an hour ago, I downloaded the Open Source version and started playing around!

Now, I have no excuses, I must create my first app! I’ve certainly told enough number of people!

I must admit, the learning curve is somewhat steep, to say the least. So, in order to get inspired, I went back to RunRev’s blog and came across the Why Girls Don’t Code article. I can’t really answer the question, which is actually negative. But I can answer why I code. Well, it’s all thanks to my High School teachers! Yep, I can’t mention their names but I owe it to them. My maths teacher in Junior High told me that I was clever enough to go to the ‘top’ maths class, provided I did all the work. When I finally did, my new maths teacher told me that I could enter the national maths competition. On both occasions, it was my teachers who told me I could do it, not me. I was still trying to find myself…

One day, my senior school teacher, took us into a small classroom, full of Apple II’s, all 5 of them! We had to take turns to ‘play’ with them. Yes, I remember my BASIC, and I remember getting excited over a few lines of code. But I think it was what I could do with the code that tickled my fancy.

Few decades later, I can finally begin to really ‘play’ with this magic! I can make a spell! Harry Potter has nothing on this one 😉

How can I thank my school teachers who believed in me? How can I return the ‘magic’? Should I just pass it onto others?

 

I really need one of these to continue with the project….