Whew! It’s been a while, let’s see, what’s up with DS4 Design.

  • A soon to be market leading Landscape tool is coming to fruition
  • RaceCapture has gone from a glimmer in a few people’s eyes to a real living breathing system poised to capture the motorsport world
  • A number of clients are delighted with their new websites and social media portals
  • Traxapp.co is growing into a positive home for eliminating single use disposable waste
  • TGiF design is coming into being and will be bringing a new product into the crowdfunding arena soon.
  • There are now more design options than even here at DS4 Design now that video production and improved analytics data are available.
  • Served as a writer for Ross Bentley’s Speed Secrets Weekly (hint subscribe!)
  • We’re finishing up a webstore and social media revamp for your favorite place for racing rubber too!

So much is going on, stay tuned for more!!

The latest from DS4 Design October 2013 edition

Whew! It’s been a while, let’s see, what’s up with DS4 Design.

  • A soon to be market leading Landscape tool is coming to fruition.
  • RaceCapture has gone from a glimmer in a few people’s eyes to a real living breathing system poised to capture the motorsport world
  • A number of clients are delighted with their new websites and social media portals
  • Traxapp.co is growing into a positive home for eliminating single use disposable waste
  • TGiF design is coming into being and will be bringing a new product into the crowdfunding arena soon.
  • There are now more design options than ever here at DS4 Design now that video production and improved analytics data are available.
  • Served as a writer for Ross Bentley’s Speed Secrets Weekly (hint subscribe!)
  • We’re finishing up a webstore and social media revamp for your favorite place for racing rubber too!

So much is going on, stay tuned for more!!

RaceCapture/Pro – Open Source Race Car Telemetry

For the past few months I’ve been working with the team at AutoSport Labs on an awesome new product called RaceCapture/Pro, an open source race car telemetry systemand wireless race car telemetry system. I’m super excited it’s officially for sale now!

My primary work has been on business development, system design, graphical work surrounding the system, publicity, and well frankly a bunch of catchall stuff. Oh and I get to test driver things too!

Most of all, my years of virtual racing experience, combined with my real life racing experience, and firm belief in race coaching finally has a great application. Combined with my design thinking we’ve been able as a team to innovate some new features that systems vastly more expensive than ours (by a factor of 25 in some cases) cannot do, while utilizing open source software our team has created. We construct the system in our facility in Seattle (so made in the USA is a bit of an understatement, it’s made, coded, designed, and tested in the USA!) Stay tuned for some videos detailing just what the system can do. It’s really something!

RaceCapture is the product of original work by Brent and Kelley Picasso at AutoSport Labs.  Over time as more people joined the team we ran an Indiegogo campaign, and have now switched to public availability. Unfortunately most products like this cost over $1,000 and don’t offer any type of real-time wireless streaming. RaceCapture/Pro is definitively the first of it’s kind. Inexpensive, expandable (multiple analog and digital in/out ports PLUS Lua scripting on board), open source and real-time. Check it out!

2 big new finds.

User Templates For Evernote.Kustom Note is AMAZING!!

I just came across Kustom note today, and wow. It really adds some depth to Evernote in that it allows for pre-formatted notes. What a great addition to an amazing system!

I also came across Chime, a plugin for nearly every social network that works inside of Chrome (search for Chime in the Chrome Web Store).  It’s lovely, and simple and has a nice scrolling feed of all the updates as they come in. It can be a lot (sip slowly from the firehose) but very useful already.

I’m looking forward to using them together more.

Arrgh,, no tripod to shoot video for my phone,, ok, then I’ll build one!

Luckily I have some mildly magical tools around like thermoformable plastic (that just takes hot water). My phone is an HTC Vivid, and I didn’t want to go out and buy anyting.

I warmed the plastic, after first wrapping my phone in saran wrap (since getting it wet/crushed/horribly deformed by sticky plastic seemed a bad idea).

I then used a 1/4 x 20 threaded insert I had (fits on standard tripods) and wrapped it onto the plastic as I formed it.

I pulled the phone (eventually, keep in mind any odd/non-drafted areas,, like the headphone jack may make it hard to remove,, think about that FIRST!)

Then came back in and used my dremel tool (I destroyed a flex shaft,, arrrgh!) to cut out the holes and openings to use the home buttons, volume, camera, flash, and power buttons.

Voila, when it was all ready (and still rather hideous) I’m able to put my camera on any tripod and fire away!  Next up,, making a quickie steadicam so I can shoot action easily,, and maybe finishing/painting my contraption to reduce the hideousness.