I’ve been pretty busy since the last post here. I finally released Flavordex 2 on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. I also made the first major update to the app today, adding data synchronization among a few other fixes and improvements.
UltraMega Software is no longer just the name of my website. I registered the name as a fictitious business name, so I guess it’s now more real or something. I also had to get a PO box since Google Play requires a physical address on all store listing pages and I don’t want my home address made so public.
I also reestablished the UltraMega Facebook and Google Plus pages which, along with Twitter, is where I will be posting about app updates and stuff.
A few months ago I wanted to check out Android Studio for developing Android apps. I’ve been using NetBeans with a third-party plugin to make my apps. The best way to learn a new development environment is to start a new project, so I decided to start work on a complete rewrite of Flavordex.
It’s getting close to being ready for release. It just needs some polishing.
Here’s a few of the biggest changes from the original Flavordex:
It’s a single app with categories instead of separate apps for each type of journal
Ability to customize categories as well as creating new categories
Many improvements to the interface, especially for tablets
Here’s a little preview of the app on a tablet.
Android Studio is definitely a huge improvement in the development process. Everything is integrated into the environment and it just works. I’ve also converted my existing projects.
I made another app for Android. It’s called Elementary and it’s a periodic table viewer and element reference application. You can zoom and pan the periodic table, and you can see more details about an element by tapping on its block. The details page also has a link to Wikipedia and a video from Periodic Table of Videos.
I decided to make this app free and open source under the MIT License with source available at GitHub. Here is a screenshot:
Preview of the Periodic Table view
I hope it is found useful by someone. I made this because I am interested in chemistry and I thought it would be a fun challenge to render the periodic table, and it was. I also thought it would be handy to have easy access to Periodic Videos, so you can show people why chemistry is awesome.
I got this spam email today and I just had to share…
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I was thinking about how it was unfair that blind people aren’t allowed to drive cars just because they can’t see anything. I guess it is important to be able to see where you are going and where things are on the road. Not driving is one solution, but I have scienced together a better solution.
Lots of modern cars come equipped with all kinds of sensors to help bad drivers not crash all the time. One of these devices is the parking sensor, as seen below.
So they have already adapted sonar to be used in cars, so all we need to do is put a bunch of more powerful sensors all over the car to generate a map of the environment. Here’s a technical diagram I made in Paint:
From the data generated by the sensors, we can create a 3d soundscape with objects represented by different tones. All we need now is a good set of 7.1 headphones to send the generated soundscape through.
When this system is implemented, we can stop discriminated against blind people or people who just want to read a good book on the road. Bats, dolphins, and submarines can see with sound and now you can, too!