Can integrating hardware with software save developers time

Developers and software companies are always chasing anything that will make them more productive: to shorten the distance between thinking of a solution and coding it down to near-zero. We’ve talked about the mindset and methods for getting into a flow state on a previous episode of this series, but what if part of unlocking that flow is just better integrating your hardware with your software?

In the third episode of a podcast series sponsored by Logitech, we explore developer productivity, flow state, and the impact hardware and software can have on these key aspects of a programmer’s workday. Our guests on this episode are Paolo Passeri, Head of Software at Logitech, and Guilo Barresi, Lead UX Designer on the MX series of mechanical keyboards. 

Episode Notes

We dive into some of the ways developers can customize their keyboard with shortcuts, macros, and apps to eliminate repetitive tasks and automate the busywork that stands in the way of bigger, breakthrough innovations. 

Flow state can be affected by things as simple as the right lighting, so Logitech created keyboards that automatically adjust their keyboard backlighting. 

For those not familiar with the MX series, you can read more about the different versions, including the mechanical one, here.

If you don’t know about Cassidy’s passion for keyboards, you can check out her website here or listen to a previous episode diving deep into the details of mechanical keyboards here.

If you missed episode two, you can check it out below. In it, we chat with Marcel Twohig, Head of Design for the MX Series at Logitech, and Thomas Fritz, Associate Professor of Human Aspects of Software Engineering at the University of Zurich. We cover the research that Professor Fritz has done on flow states, the design work that Marcel and team have done to incorporate that research, and the tools that you can use to maximize your daily flow.

Learn more about Paolo here.

Learn more about Guilio here.

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