Early Preview of Moment SDK

We have an exciting annoucement to make: we’ve just released an early preview of our SDK! If you’re a software developer and have been waiting to start developing for Moment, here’s your first look. We’re excited to see what you’ll make!

The SDK is still under development, and it’s likely to change in the coming months.

Introduction

This repository contains the Software Development Kit (SDK) for Moment, the wearable device that communicates entirely through your sense of touch.

For more information about Moment, visit wearmoment.com.

This SDK contains the code that is executed on the Moment devices inside of a custom JavaScript runtime environment. To simplify the process of creating custom embedded software for Moment, we provide several ready-to-use functions for creating event callbacks, transitioning the LED color, and creating rich haptic effects.

Repository

The repository for the SDK can be found at github.com/SomaticLabs/moment-sdk.

Documentation

You can browse the documentation at somaticlabs.github.io/moment-sdk.

Coming Soon…

We’re also working on a Moment IDE. Here’s a sneak peek:

Moment IDE Preview

Pre-Orders Start Today

The wait is over. We’ve finished the design, iterated on the hardware, and written thousands of lines of code. Now, we’re ready to start collecting pre-orders for Moment, the first device that communicates entirely through your sense of touch.
For the first 24 hours, backers will receive a special early bird price of $99 — you won’t be able to get this price anywhere else, ever again.

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Tag us in your post, and we’ll send you free Somatic Labs swag.

The Best Coworking Spaces in Phoenix

As more freelancers, small business owners, and startups get started in Phoenix, an increasing number of office spaces are now coworking spaces – buildings that house people from a diverse range of backgrounds, each with their own line of work. Below, you’ll find a list of the best coworking spaces in Phoenix.

Photograph of the interior of CO+HOOTS

CO+HOOTS

CO+HOOTS is a coworking space that also provides programming and events focused on helping entrepreneurs create successful businesses. The space is shared between individuals and growing businesses, and the community consists of designers, architects, lawyers, PR agents, software developers, startups, real estate agents, and photographers.

Restaurants Nearby

Coffee Shops Nearby

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Scrappy startup? Turn up the heat in Phoenix.

PHX Built

At the Global Entrepreneurship Summit a few days ago, Google co-founder Sergey Brin advised fledgling startups to stay away from Silicon Valley. In the Valley, it’s “hard to make a scrappy initial business that’s self-sustaining, and in other parts of the world you might have an easier time of that.” The best move, it seems, is to start building your business wherever you call home.

All three of us founders are fortunate enough to call Arizona home, and Phoenix is an ideal place for a scrappy, self-sustaining business. Since starting Somatic Labs here in the Valley of the Sun, we’ve found even more reasons to love our hometown. Continue reading “Scrappy startup? Turn up the heat in Phoenix.”

The Haptic Breakdown: What’s Inside Your Smartwatch

In this post, we’ll look at the different ways that some of the most popular wearables implement haptics. Outside of the Apple Watch, most wearables use a simple eccentric rotating mass motor for haptic feedback.

Apple Watch

The Apple Watch was first introduced in the fall of 2014 and has since become the world’s best selling wearable device. It was Apple’s first introduction of its “Taptic Engine”, which provides haptic feedback for alerts and notifications. While the design of the Taptic Engine module is proprietary, it is likely a customized linear resonant actuator.

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Tactile Illusions: Interesting Ways Our Brains Fail

Waterfall by MC Escher
If you haven’t seen enough optical illusions, check out some MC Escher artwork.

If we’re honest about shortcomings in human physiology, optical illusions would be labelled “Brain Failures.”

– Neil DeGrasse Tyson

When we think about the ways our perception plays tricks on us, optical illusions come to mind first. They’re not the only kind of sensory illusions, though. Tactile illusions also illustrate the fascinating ways that our perception ‘fails’ to reflect reality. In this post, we describe several different types of tactile illusions.

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Haptics and Emotion: How Touch Communicates Feelings

When we think about the content of a conversation, it’s easy to focus on just the verbal information exchanged through spoken words; however, there are many other factors that color our interpretation of conversations and, in turn, the information they communicate. One such consideration is the context provided by prosody—the intonation, stress, tempo, rhythm, and pauses in a person’s speech, all of which lend their voice a unique texture. The brain also employs detailed mappings that link different kinds of facial expressions and gestures with the emotions and nuances that they convey. In fact, up to 65% of the raw information in a conversation is exchanged nonverbally [1]. As we continue to investigate human communication, we uncover a highly complex, multi-modal system that comprises many of our senses—including our sense of touch.

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