I started reading book Getting Real by 37Signals on the long way from Stockholm to Prague. Out of tons of great insights and ideas one really resonated with me so much I want to share it with you.
It’s so funny when I hear people being so protective of ideas. (People who want me to sign an NDA to tell me the simplest idea.)
To me, ideas are worth nothing unless executed. They are just a multiplier. Execution is worth millions.
Awful idea = -1
Weak idea = 1
So-so idea = 5
Good idea = 10
Great idea = 15
Brilliant idea = 20
No execution = $1
Weak execution = $1000
So-so execution = $10,000
Good execution = $100,000
Great execution = $1,000,000
Brilliant execution = $10,000,000
To make a business, you need to multiply the two. The most brilliant idea, with no execution, is worth $20.The most brilliant idea takes great execution to be worth $20,000,000.
That’s why I don’t want to hear people’s ideas. I’m not interested until I see their execution.
-Derek Sivers, president and programmer, CD Baby and HostBaby
Have you seen the movie Minority Report? And do you remember the scene where Tom Cruise analyses the crime scene footage with hand gestures: swiping, pinching, rotating the camera angle? Well, in less than three weeks you can have the same experience on your desktop computer with Leap Motion.
Leap Motion’s powerful controller, which lets you control virtual space in front of your computer, is impressive. Many times more accurate than the Kinect – and also, many times smaller and less expensive (it’s $79.99) – it’s been heralded as a piece of equipment that could revolutionize how we interact with our electronics.
Currently available for pre-order, the controller will ship starting May 13. It is something which I will liken to the iPhone introduction back in June 2007. Totally new experience, new Airspace app market and new possibilities how to interact with technology. Everyone from students exploring solar systems in a classroom, to doctors reading slides in a sterile operating room environment can experience the benefits that a contact less experience has to offer.
From controlling your favorite games like ‘Fruit Ninja’ to painting with a real paintbrush, the list goes on and on. You can simply browse the web, or explore the planet in Google Earth. Tools available from Leap allow us developers to add support for the device with our own software and even websites. Leap took the precision challenge head on and created a controller that can not only track both hands and all 10 fingers, but the device can differentiate between your index finger, middle finger, and even your thumb and pinky. The Leap controller is so accurate, down to a mere 0.01 mm, that even the most precise tasks aren’t left behind.
Why we are super excited
Here are first ideas what can be done with Leap Motion. Feel free to send us yours or write them in comments:
- 3D objects modeling just by hands
- navigation in 3D space as in molecular structures or 3D scans in healthcare segment
- browsing and organizing media content faster with two hands a multiple gestures at once
- education, because it is much more native to make a gesture than control a mouse pointer
- interactive outdoor and indoor advertising panels
- navigation systems in retail
- product presentation systems in retail
- visual art
- music production and effecting
- VJing on parties
The future of 3-D Motion Control
Leap Motion has already announced strong partnership with manufactures as HP or Asus but it still means just bundling the device and pre-installation of Airspace store to computers. I am sure we will see within very few months tight integration of the device to keyboards and even notebooks so the user won’t care about the additional device. Leap will be just under your hands, ready to track your gestures whenever you want to leave the traditional keyboard and mouse.
Overall, Leap Motion is a big step (or “leap”) in the direction of the Minority Report-esque computer control we’ve dreamed of. We are very proud to be part of this new dev community and we hope to launch Sortee for Leap Motion on the D Day - May 13. Stay tuned!
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to try Leap Motion before the official launch date.
SORTEE was awarded FWA Mobile of the day for it’s design. Big thanks to our creative guys Richard and Phob!
We’ve spent a great weekend at Lean Startup Machine Prague. The workshop clearly showed us how to avoid developing product which people don’t want and how to find ideas which resonate. Watch this video to get brief overview about LSM methodology.
I’ve just received short but very interesting mailing from Ben representing Lean Startup Machine. It’s so inspiring that I want to share it immediately with you. It will be great if you join Flow at the first ever Lean Startup Workshop in Prague March 1.
“Self-sabotage is when we say we want something and then go about making sure it doesn’t happen” ~ Alyce P. Cornyn- Selby
It doesnt matter how much experience you have, or how enlightened you are. If you are putting yourself out on the line for your venture, there is a high likelihood that you’ll feel the fear of “not being good enough” or even failure. Many make the mistake of believing that we need to overcome or get rid of negative thoughts to be successful.
Nope. Not true.
Below you’ll find a couple of tips on how to avoid setting yourself up for failure, courtesy of your friends at the Lean Startup Machine.
1) Observe Yourself:
Forget justifying what you did (or didn’t do) and just watch yourself. Imagine your someone else whose behavior your’re watching. Ask: ”What did I do there and what was driving it?”
2)Remember that succes isn’t black or white:
Success can be measured on many different scales and is all relative. Its not as simple as black and white. Rememer that creating and establishing a succesful venture is an organic learning experience.
3)Approach everything with a sense of exploration:
All life is an exploration. Imagine if Cinderella decided to stay in rather than go to the ball. Be open to the experience of taking risks and look at them as positive experiences regardless of the risk. If something isn’t working, thats fine, but at least now you know.
Sortee is less then a week out and we have some great reviews from US over Germany to Japan. Here are some of them, thanks to all of you who spent time with Sortee!
And some outside US/UK. For example AppGamers.de by Stephanie Schlütter.
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