Ok, I’ve managed to define the startup by saying its a dashboard. This is a good start but as I write I keep having to erase what I type in because its getting too complicated.
So here I go again, I will try and define a little more.
Record Driven with a built in database:
Objectwheel is not static information. It’s data driven and dynamic.
Each dashboard you create can have many records attached to it. As you move forward in records you get new content based on what your looking at.
50 contacts could be on page 1-50 of a dashboard
50 Book Titles could be in a List on a dashboard that has only 1 record.
This is obviously how business applications work. So its not really that new. Anybody that understands business apps would understand this.
But here is where it gets more interesting and fun.
A single record could point to Web content stored in multiple places without the need to tell the computer where things are stored.
Lets go back to our book example. And suppose we we were on a book.
While we are viewing this book we could be viewing records on Amazon regarding the price and availability of this book.
We could be seeing other books by the same author.
We could be reading book reviews on various forums about this book.
A book review from a foreign website could be coming up if the Dashboard knew we spoke Russian.
A link to download the audio book could be at our finger tips.
A few youtube videos from the author of this book could be available.
The Linkedin profile, Twitter profile, and Facebook page of this author could be easily available to me.
The website of the author would be easily reached.
And all of this happened without programming.
How you might ask? How did this happen?
Well two things are going on.
First Widgets on the dashboard know what they suppose to do.
And a search engine knows what is on the web.
You combine the power of a search engine with the power of an Objectwheel Widget and you have some amazing results.
Its really not easy having a new startup that very few understand what it is. This also doesn’t sit well with me, because for me it all seems very simple. I’ve spent countless hours trying to explain what Objectwheel is but in the end, for some reason, they don’t get it.
I’m surrounded by technology terms and I tried months ago to put a definition on my Linkedin site describing my startup and that obviously failed miserably.
This blog post is an attempt to change all that. To define a startup through my eyes and in very simple words.
What is Objectwheel?
Answer: A dashboard
Ok, its a dashboard. You mean like a car dashboard. It has dials and gauges and buttons?
A dashboard full of software gadgets
Ok, maybe thats better. Lets try that one.
But whats a software gadget?
I define a software gadget as anything you drag onto a dashboard that does something useful for the person that is creating the dashboard.
For a long time we have called the dashboard a template. But maybe nobody knows what a template is.
Examples of gadgets are a Facebook feed.
Facebook is actually very little information when you get down to it. Its pictures, words, and links to things. It fits in a 4 inch column on your screen. The fact that the Facebook site takes up the entire screen is kinda pointless in many ways.
One very important thing Objectwheel does is it reduces many of the things you look at all the time down to the most useful and basic.
This would be in the form of a widget like a Facebook feed. Forget about everything else, just concentrate on the feed of information.
We have a youtube widget that pulls information from youtube and puts a video in a frame.
But we don’t stop there, because many of you want to see the entire website and everything that is there.
For you, Objectwheel has a full blown browser. But its very different than other browsers that you have used because it can be contained inside of a widget.
Ok, ok, your getting confused now.
Suppose you had 8 web sites that you went to all the time. Right now you store these in bookmarks, but you can’t really categorize all of your bookmarks that belong to a certain topic and place them somewhere.
In Objectwheel you build a dashboard and you put these websites on it using widgets.
This dashboard could have your Facebook feed as well, your twitter feed & more.
Test Video For Screen Designer: end part is my favorite.
Its come to my attention that I’m not sharing enough about #objectwheel with the Javafx community and I’m sorry. Having a startup in stealth mode makes it very difficult to share everything but I am starting to tell more. I just applied for a #javaone session talk and its getting closer every day to a public announcement. My company needs developers to be involved. In order to succeed this is a must. Here is the short Synopsis regarding Objectwheel. ——– Objectwheel is a new user definable social media platform & rapid development framework that includes search and a browser that’s based on Javafx. The platform uses intelligent templates to create content that can be shared via social media using a client app or URL load. Inside our screen designer end users or programmers drag and drop rich controls and fields onto a blank template and create powerful GUI’s. Our primary goal is to create a new Social Media platform that encourages interaction & data sharing between users. We also plan on incorporating W3C Semantic web intelligence into everything that touches Objectwheel. The platform is private and secure and runs as a client or app not a website— Ok, so your a developer right? Who cares? First let me say that our Screen Designer is already much more powerful than Scene Builder in many ways. Scene Builder is definitely more polished and I can’t wait for it to be open sourced (its not already right?) And we have taken into account 2013 Real World issues into building our new social media platform. Here is a screen shot.
Obviously this looks like a mess but it shows CSS is being used and it shows a complicated control that has been dragged and dropped onto a screen. A record Button starts the mic recording and stores the information to a database. We are adding new controls daily to this Screen Designer along with all of the obvious features we need like Alignment and a CSS editor, custom color picker, etc. Within a couple of days I’ll have a website (Webview) component that allows you to search the web and Grab a site and then have a dynamic website on a Screen. This isn’t a screen shot of a website inside our screen designer, this is an actual website that can be manipulated resized, and dragged and dropped. But it doesn’t stop there. Everything that makes up Objectwheel is a template. And the templates can be shared. They can also be dragged and dropped. We also know about the bookmarks and History in your browser so that information can be pulled from a List Box Control. I’m really hopeful that I can learn more about how Gerrit Grunwald @hansolo_ builds his custom controls and be able to drag and drop one of these components onto our Screen. Here are some LCD temperature controls he put in a Real World Rasberri Pi demo. I can just imagine having powerful controls like this as part of our Screen Designer. So the big question comes down to why? What exactly does this have to do with the developer community? Objectwheel plans on using the developer community to create some really important content and controls that are then used within the platform. The platform is a Social Media ENGINE that allows people to share content that has a lot more power and meaning because underneath everything is intelligence. I know your probably confused right now, and I’m sorry. More will come. But this is a sneak peak. Wish us luck and send your Angel Investor Friends our way. With Search, Social Media, and B2B I think we are talking about a 100 billion dollar industry. We are not trying to replace your favorite social media platform but just give it more power. Just like Tweetdeck gave twitter users more power. Mike Tallent CEO Objectwheel
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