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Announcement: Kick-off meeting – iPhone Intensive(May 20, 2009)

Plug And Play Tech Center
 is sponsoring an iPhone Intensive meetup for Developers on May 20th, 2009. 


Monday May 20th 


440 N Wolfe Rd
Sunnyvale, CA 94085


6:00-7:00pm Arrive &amp and socialize 
7:00-8:00pm Intro to native iPhone App Programming – Julio Barros 
8:00-8:15pm Break 
8:15-8:45pm Using the iPhone as a Prototyping Platform – Bob Free 
8:45-9:15pm Next Generation iPhone Game Development – Travis Hopkins

Hope to see you all there.

Registration($10 for Refreshments): Click Here


May 18, 2009 Posted by | Announcement, game, iphone application, mobile application | , , , | 1 Comment

Treasure Hunt powered by Cell Phones

treasure-islandThere is a new service to set up treasure hunts and guide the hunters in real time . It’s called Cellguided, and as the name suggests it uses cell phone technology to guide the participants with clues, and hints towards the final goal. Rajiv Aggarwal, the brain behind this service, mentioned that it’s fairly simple to setup a hunt. All you need to do is go to the website and pick your city, that brings up a Map (powered by Google Maps) of the area. You  then pick the start and end points for your hunt with clues  on the map. It also creates a code for the treasure hunt, that the participants can punch into their cell phone device after  dialing into a  phone number provided by Cellguided to authenticate and get directions and clues. The answers to the mystery/hunt are also sent using the cell phone device. The service also keeps track of the time to see which participant is the winner in the race to finish the treasure hunt and keep it exciting and competitive.

The service does not require the user to have an expensive GPS aware device, so any phone with dialing capabilities will be able to participate in the game.  Rajiv mentioned that the service will be available free, and he initially wants to gauge user interest and  seek traction. His monetization strategy in the future will revolve around Corporate Team Building Events and Museums to create Treasure Hunts to promote and make it exciting for Kids to visit them.

Check Out the demo video below

March 4, 2009 Posted by | game, mobile application, web application | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Yet another platform to develop mobile apps … Palm’s Mojo


The development of mobile applications is the next trend for developers and entrepreneur’s to strike gold or build a company around a compelling application. The availability of the iPhone SDK last year has ushered in the creation of thousands of iPhone applications. It was closely followed by the release of the Android SDK by Google.  Application developers have rushed into creating application in either or both the platforms. 

The ease of access to the  built in hardware  like the accelerometer, the GPS,  the touch screen etc and the internal software/applications like the phone book, music player, browser have resulted in the development of some really useful applications. I liked some of the games that have utilized the use of the touch interface and/or the accelerometer. Some of the music instrument apps have done a really good too.

These two SDK and platforms are offered by companies that are leaders in Software Development. What about companies that are leader’s in the handheld/mobile space? Looks like we might have an answer for the same…

The preview of the Palm Pre in the 2009 CES show has brought to surface another piece of device that is both sleek like the iPhone. It also matches user interface and capabilities to the levels of iPhone and Android platforms. 

The Palm Pre will be powered with a brand new Palm Web OS. Palm says, “The user experience is developed around multitasking and the simplicity of a web browser. It features a web based application suite and supports touch screen finger based input, background applications and is tightly interconnected with the Internet and various web services.”

A few lucky companies (Pandora) had the opportunity to play with the Palm’s new Web OS and the Palm Mojo application framework.  Tom Conrad, the CTO of Pandora, spoke about the capabilities of this new development platform. You can read his thoughts over here. I am guessing Pandora would be one of the early applications on the Palm Pre market.


January 31, 2009 Posted by | iphone application, mobile application, web application | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Voice Applications

VoicePHP is a service from TringMe that allows a developer to write Voice based applications. It’s basically the same PHP language that most developer’s are used to in creating rich dynamic applications. The difference now is that with VoicePHP you can use voice data as input and output.

The product is currently in Beta and developers can sign up for the API by contacting them for one. They have some code samples here.  I have applied for an API key. I will try to get my hands dirty with it and update with my experiences out here.

January 25, 2009 Posted by | mobile application, web application | , , , , | 3 Comments