End of Week 1


I finished my first week of work here at DNET and it was a really interesting week.  I can safely say that I have not had two days at work where I did the same thing.

I had some downtime at work and I didn’t exactly want to sit around and browse the internet and I was a bit lazy to work on my personal programming projects. Since I am more then familiar with the Adobe creative suite I offered my Photoshop skills to them and within the hour I was working with Illustrator editing some of their technical documentation.  Granted  had little to no Illustrator experience before, but I lot of what I knew from Photoshop helped me out.  My colleagues seemed to be pleased and I felt less useless :D.

Aside from the office work, on Thursday I had the opportunity to head to the Polytech University’s School of Hotel Tourism and Management to set up some tech.  DNET entered a competition based upon building tech for “tomorrow’s guest room”.   Several other companies also applied but DNET managed to win with their DN-7000 model that I talked about in my last post.  So I spent some time during the week making sure I could install and debug it so that it worked when we had to install them in 3 model guestrooms.

Panorama from the hotel room

There were several categories in the competition however I didn’t get time to see them all since we managed to install and demonstrate all our devices before everyone else came in.  I saw some other people installing a VOIP operated system that worked with the display in the room to help the user use the hotel’s services while also being able to reserve tables and order online.  The menu of the restaurant’s would show up on the TV while a map of the seating arrangements would also show up on screen.

Oh yeah the hotel even had self cleaning toilets! They had a button that would… clean your behind for you also. Haha.  I was more amazed by this then a grown man should have been.  There were a couple other buttons on it as well, but they all made to many sounds when I pressed them and I didn’t want the people outside to wonder what I was doing in there.


I was really impressed by Hong Kong’s use of technology.  Especially in the science park! Every place I went to was working with the latest software updates (Android 4.2, Windows 8 and whatever version of iOS and OS).  I am used to working for larger North American corporations who find it more cost effective to deploy older software that they still have licenses for while not updating to the latest version.  I can understand why they do that: they have other systems that have been tested and depend on those pieces of software and the workforce is already trained with that version. IE: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  I really don’t like that mentality though.  In the Science park there is a lot of innovation and collaboration going on that is possible with never software versions that allow them to do some really futuristic stuff.

More on that part later!

Next time I’ll likely talk about the “google glass” augmented reality talk I went to on Friday.  Oh and since July 1st is also Hong Kong SAR day, we get the day of work! But the global edge crew will be volunteering at LKF street in this Canada Day festival.  There is so much going on and I am loving it!


Week 1 at work


I never did an initial post to commemorate my first two weeks here in the Orient because of all the craziness that happened.  A quick recap of the past two weeks are:

  • Flew to Hong Kong
  • Went to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Went to the University of Hong Kong School of Business
  • Went to the Honk Kong University of IT
  • Visited the Hong Kong Stock exchange
  • Trip to Macau to activate our Hong Kong Visa’s
  • Took a 2 day course at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Flew to Thailand (Bangkok and Pattaya) for 5 days

Now that that was all done I start work!

Dnet Solution


So I work for a relatively small company in the Science Park in Hong Kong.  At the park I am 25% of the company.  There are only three other people that work in the office, we have Camey who handles many of the office tasks, Alfred the technical director and David the main boss and one of the founders.

DNET builds customised multimedia panels for hotels.  What does that mean? Essentially when you go into a hotel room and you would like to connect your PC, iDevice or even use the TV as a projector you would normally have to bring your own tech to do that.  This past April when I was apart of a team that went to Montreal to do a presentation for Ubisoft we needed to use the TV in the hotel room to practise the presentation.  I had brought my own VGA cable and they had a nice Samsung TV that had a proper VGA port to connect to.  When I did so, I could not connect to the TV because the hotel had put in some blocks on the remote and TV and the only thing I could do was flip the channel and control the volume.

This was obviously frustrating and annoying considering we were staying at a relatively expensive hotel (Hyatt).

Multimedia Panel

DNET builds multimedia panels like the one you see above that solves problems like this.  They make it drop dead easy for anyone to plug in and connect their devices to display them or charge them on the hotel display.  This is great because if you are on vacation and you would like to show off your pictures on the screen in the hotel because your mobile device’s screen is too tiny the DNET Superdock is there to make your life easier.

First Day

It is only the second day of my work as I am writing this and my main job is to get familiar with their tech and learn how to use it.  This Thursday I am heading to the Polytech University to showcase DNET’s award winning tech for hotels.  It is essentially an alarm clock with an NFC speaker on the top that allows the user to simply drop their phone on the top of the device to play music transmitted through NFC.


My job for the first few days was to get familiar with it enough to show people how it worked and repeat these facts to whoever asked:

  • Day time Clock
  • Alarm Clock x 2
  • FM Radio 76.0 to 108.0 Mhz
  • Magically amplifies the sound from any mobile phone devices
  • Power Supply AC 110-240
  • No configuration and pairing is needed
  • 4 Speakers with Sound Output power 7 Watts
  • AUX In and AUX Out for external Audio System
  • USB 2.0 Charger port
  • Remote Control
  • Dimension 150 x 112 x 55 mm

It was pretty easy to do and I completed the task in under 30 minutes.  The rest of the time I spent with Alfred playing around with the SuperDock because he wanted to test some new functionality with my Samsung Galaxy S4.  I’ll talk more about that on a later blog post because it is related to one of my main tasks this summer.

Aside from that this Friday there is a Google Glass seminar in the Science Park and I am super excited to go check it out!

If you don’t know what Google glass is you might have to get out of that rock you are living under.  It is essentially a new form of technology that you wear similar to prescription eyeglasses.  However it comes with speakers, microphone and its goal is to provide the user with an augmented reality experience that is totally futuristic.

More info – http://www.google.com/glass/start/


– Naeem