Ambient Orb Dashboards Revisited

Dashboard Technoloyg Update: Remember this post from way back when? Just wanted to update it because some of the cool physical state indicators from Ambient Devices are getting some mentions again from folks in the business intelligence dashboarding space. Gurus like Stephen Few for instance.

This time around, it’s the ORB that’s the focus of attention. Take a look at this picture:

Color Orb shows state

Here are three mentions I came across recently that are worth visiting:

Automated Continous Integration of Software Code and the Orb

Connecting an Ambient Orb to a Dashboard

Ambient Orb – for those who don’t have time for a dashboard

Original Post

How cool is this? A bunch of actual analog dial gauges that you hook up wirelessly to your system? shows this device. Has anyone heard about it? I’m thinking of wiring it up to my dashboard demos to really knock the socks off of users in my presentations!

Ambient Executive Dashboard Dials

Real life analog gauge

Ambient Executive Dashboard Dials

Swappable faces 

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