Saturday, November 13, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
So far the impressive game which I see for now are, Your Shape Fitness Evolved by Ubisoft, Kinect Adventures by Microsoft and Dance Central by Harmonix.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Finally it arrived.
As the box stated, you can build your first robot within like 30min and get it programmed in 1 min if you can understand how programming logic works. So for my first robot, which I named it 'Robby' ~_~, I follow the instruction and set the NXT program(preset commands) from NXT Brick(The main controller unit) which you can give only like 5 instructions to tell what the robot should do. So I just simply set Robby to move forward once it started and if (sensor touch) hitting any obstacle in front will move backwards and loop the instruction again (4 instructions).
On My next demo, I will rebuild robby using the development kit provided by Lego and send instructions to robot to understand more on its behaviour what it can do.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Since I am free for these few days, I decided to take up the challenge and began reading up developing apps for WP7.
Here are some of the links for those who might be interested in learning it.
I strongly recommend to people to watch these videos. It helps to understand the basic features and specs on how silverlight interact with the code-behind C# (sorry no VB.)
WP7 Jump Start Session
To begin developing on anything, one must have an objective and idea what to develop. What I think of is building a simple Japanese Flash Card app which has already exist on most platforms except for this one.
Silverlight tends to be a bit like ASP + XML 'mojo'. I personally find it more easier to code than in ASP.net. Overall I discover that it helps to reduce alot of client-side scripting. There is still much to learn for me as my current app, I put it more in code-behind.
Here are my 1st screenshots released for my first build.
It took me rather very short time about 3 days to learn and 4 days to build WP7 because I have some background knowledge on C# and XNA. (hey! I was once a game developer) So picking up WP7 is not a hurdle for me. My missing knowledge is just Silverlight. My app consist some of the libraries from XNA framework which I am using TouchPanel class to detect fingers touching on the panel. This was quite a challenge for me as I have no knowledge on developing touchscreen application and this was my first app. In XNA 4.0, they include the Gesture class but unfortunately it only works with the real device and not on the emulator. I hope to get a loan set from Microsoft to test that out. :)
Program logic wise is quite a challenge for me as my purpose of this app is to make it feel like you are holding a deck of cards on your hand.
I have programmatically inlcude the gesture for flicking left or right for the next character. This part was quite easy until I came into a problem flicking up and down to advance to the next sets of characters. I did a bit of research on other mobile platform and discover that there is no application doing it that way. (which might explain iphone photo gallery has only left and right gesture) There is no way you can determine if you are flicking up or left if you need to predict something behind that screen. (If there is please let me know which app)
Upon learning it, I decided to discard the flick up and down feature and replace it with double tap. If I tap twice on the upper screen, it will move according to the region I tapping which in this case up and down.
One thing unique about WP7 feature is that you can style your app based on the phone profile.
In this screenshot I just simply change the color theme and my app is automatically applied on that style.
Though the functionalities are almost completed. This app is still far from completion as there is still alot of features like additional syllabograms such as katagana and UI improvement not included in this build yet.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Thinking about subscribing for micro sim because of ipad doesnt like your sim? From what I understand, Singapore Telcos are charging more expensive for the micro sim subscriptions. So its better to use cut my sim if you want to save some cash but then Im pretty sure there is not a need to order one. I guess those shops which sells mobile phones should be able to help you for a small fee.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Some of you may encounter some problems with using Blackberry Native Mail app to work with the gmail. Whether you tried to add to your account from the Blackberry website or do it from your phone, it will shows
“Invalid email address or password: Please verify your email address and password. The information you provided is incorrect. If the error persists contact mydomain.com (your email provider).”
At first moment, you thought that you may have input the wrong login or password. You tried to login from the gmail website and it worked as normal. Google itself does not provide any solution for this. I happen to stumble across google captcha. For some authentication website, you may need to unlock it. For gmail users you should go to Google Unlock Captcha. For those using the Google App Mail, you should go to this url https://www.google.com/a/mydomain.com/UnlockCaptcha. It works for me at least after I unlocked it.
Note: Remember to enable smtp for your mail account also.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
This is so cool! A couple develop a game as a wedding invitation card to challenge their guests to complete and unlock the wedding details.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Robots are now more advance than what you think. They are now using for military purposes for bomb disposal to solving puzzles. It seems like its not very expensive to DIY a robot by yourself if you have the time to program it.