Premiere Night

We’re using the term ‘premiere’ in it’s broadest possible sense here. Both Bullseye and Infinite Cart have been around for quite a while already. But we’ve only just installed the demos in our showroom, a.k.a. The Hybris Labs Innovation Space. The perfect cover to organise a nice little party. Buy some beer, invite all your colleagues and give the do a fancy name to make it an official occasion – “The Hybris Labs Premiere Night”.

We started the evening with an exclusive not-quite-premiere of our latest video. But then it was time for the real thing. Lots of our colleagues hadn’t had the opportunity to see a live demo of Infinite Cart before, so they were genuinely interested. Perhaps the beer also played a part…

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The second new big attraction in the showroom is Bullseye. Give ’em what they what they want…sweets, flashing lights and a beer in their hands…at the end: Everybody’s happy.

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Me, Max and a whole load of wires spend the morning together

As you probably already know if you’ve been reading our blog, we’ve been spending some of our time renovating the showroom. So when I heard Max would be doing some work on the showroom I figured this would be a good chance to go with him and see what he’s up to.

Once we had arrived at the showroom we needed to unscrew and take out an USB port on the wall. unfortunately our lack of a screw driver that would actually fit stopped us swiftly in our tracks.

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(Max had tried several screw driver heads at this point and was thoroughly fed up).

Don’t worry though, we recovered pretty quickly and moved on to another important job. We decided to go to the server room, because we had a problem where the big TV screens would flicker every two seconds (on and off, on and off, on and… ok you get the picture).

The problem was that our current system of connecting the HDMI cables to the TVs relied on using Ethernet cables as a middle man. This is because HDMI cables aren’t long enough, so we had to use an adapter to convert the HDMI cables into Ethernet cables, which could then be connected to the TVs.

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(This is the adapter and it turns out it’s super expensive for what it does, but for your own sanity I won’t tell you the price)

So to fix the problem we moved the Raspberry PIs from the server room and placed them closer to the TVs (one for each TV), and connected the HDMI cables directly to the TVs from Raspberry PIs.

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(Max had to take apart the leaning tower of Raspberry PIs… well it’s not leaning but atleast it  sounds delicious)

Unfortunately connecting the HDMI cables directly to the TVs would take a lot of rewiring and Max effectively had to dismantle our entire set up for connecting the HDMI cables to the TVs.

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After about an hour Max had successfully taken out all the HDMI cables, adapters and a good chunk of the other wires. In the end we had taken out all the wires except the Ethernet cables – those were connected to the Raspberry PIs and were still needed to provide an internet connection (which is fairly essential to our lives) .

Afterwards we went through some test runs to make sure everything was connected properly and that it all worked.

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In the end we managed to finish up all the wiring so hopefully when you check out the showroom yourself you won’t see any pesky flickering screens.

Preparations are moving forward without a hitch…

… or so I’d like to say.

(This is an article by Indrajeet Biswas. Indrajeet is supporting the Labs team for two weeks as an intern.)

We spent the morning setting up the show area for Infinite Cart, and it turns out simply connecting everything was more of a hassle than we had bargained for. It turns out the hole we wanted to put our webcam’s USB cable through was too small.

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So we went with the obvious and sensible solution and let Georg drill a hole in the wall…Well widen the pre-existing hole, but either way he was clearly enjoying himself.

We kept going checking everything from the printer to the actual website was working before taking a break for lunch (needless to say not everything was working but those are problems we couldn’t fix on an empty stomach anyways.)

The afternoon wasn’t much different, although this time we’d brought the whole crew with us.

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Although we’d faced some rigorous challenges (I mean look at their intense concentration, they won’t even face the camera!) we had managed to make some solid progress.

Despite all the work that still has to be done we’re all still very excited to show you what we’ve been working on, so I hope you’re looking forward to when we can show you.

(Looks as if Indrajeet picked up pretty well on the life in Labs. There’s more to come from him, so keep following our blog carefully for the next few days!)

New space, new face

We’ve already told you about the hybris labs Innovation Space at NY82. It gives us the chance to exclusively present our prototypes to customers and partners in an environment less hectic than at the events we frequently attend. And it’s also better than keeping them in storage somewhere. The prototypes, not the partners and customers. But to do this we need some help.

Let me introduce Andreas Kopp to you who has been supporting the labs team since September 1st. He will manage the hybris labs Innovation Space and give demonstrations of our prototypes to partners, customers and also new employees. Basically to anybody who is interested. So, if you want to get in touch just send him an email to andreas.kopp@hybris.com.

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Being an active member of the fablab Munich and a regular exhibitor at Maker Faires, Andreas will add some new spirit to the labs team, connecting hybris labs to the maker community. Building connected objects is one of Andreas’s great interests, but he says himself that he is very curious to learn more about e-commerce and the hybris world.

We’re glad to have you with us Andreas, welcome to the team!

Grand opening

On Thursday the new hybris office building, NY82, officially opened its gates. The hybris summer party was the perfect occasion to celebrate the grand opening. And what better place could there be for such a party than the terrace, and the hybris Labs Innovation Space.  Although the Innovation Space isn’t quite finished yet (Yes, we know we announced July 3rd…but…you know…well, we’re nearly there. By the end of July, promise!), we used this opportunity to premiere our brand new video: “Surprise”.

You’ll be able see “Surprise” here very soon. Obviously we’re not going to tell you yet what it’s about…

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION – the hybris Labs Innovation Space

hybris Labs is getting physical. Well, of course we build prototypes and are therefore already known as the department that works with hardware. But now we are actually getting a permanent showroom, located in the new office building in Munich: the hybris Labs Innovation Space.

We put a lot of effort in our prototypes and enjoy demonstrating them, especially live. So far though, we only got the chance to do this at events around the globe. Unfortunately we don’t have the capacities to go on tour all throughout the year. This is also a logistical issue, since some of our inventions are big. That’s why we have to choose carefully which events to attend.

The hybris Labs Innovation Space will give us the chance to present our prototypes on a permanent basis, in addition to the events. This opportunity is connected to quite a bit of planning and preparation, and some decisions that are not always easy. The architecture, for instance, had to be somewhat flexible due to the nature of Labs. We tend to have a high frequency in developing new ideas. Furthermore we have been, and currently still are, looking for the best solution how to manage the space from technical, but also from an organisational perspective. We’re having discussions on whether to install an automated control unit for prototypes and screens, and how to secure a capability of giving live demonstrations every day, if required.

We can’t wait for the hybris Labs Innovation Space to finally be opened in July, and are looking forward immensely to give our customers a tour of Labs. Actually, we’re so excited about it that we will give a bottle of Champagne to the 1st and the 100th visitor. See you there!

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