We spent last week in Auckland for Teched NewZealand. While we were there we did 2 talks on the Kinect SDK and went and talked to a bank about how they could use the Kinect and SDK in their business. We had some fun in our sessions and the audience had a bit of a laugh too. It was great to see the ideas flowing from them at the end of the session, so many cool ideas of what they could use Kinect and the SDK for. This year we were in the Innovation track at teched which I think is a cool concept to shine a slightly different light on content at Teched. Hoping to see this flow through to techeds around the world (hint, hint Australia ).
Many thanks to Hilary for having us over. We had fun, which isn’t hard when you get to show off such cool tech
For those that didn’t go to New Zealand, we’re presenting our first session – Kinecting the Dots – Developing with the Kinect SDK here at Teched Australia on Wednesday 31st at 3:30pm. Hoping the Aussies have as much fun with as as the Kiwis did. We’ll also be hanging out in the Showcase area showing off a bunch of Kinect Demos and over in the Spotlight WP7 area showing off Transhub – our new wp7 application for Sydney public transit users.
We released a sneak peak on our upcoming Windows Phone 7 application TransHub to facebook earlier in the week and were overwhelmed with a few common questions we thought would be best answered here so everyone can benefit. It’s been great to see interest in the application and we’ve had lots of offers from people to help beta test etc. so thank you all very much for your support.
What is TransHub?
TransHub provides personalised, reliable public transport planning as a Windows Phone 7 application. Transhub removes the hassle of confusing timetables and frustrating journey planning for Sydney public transport. By combining state of the art travel planning, up to date timetables and full personalisation, Transhub saves you time by providing the most accurate and quickest routes (by bus, train, and/or ferry) to your destination in a matter of seconds. With an activated GPS, Transhub will update your map showing you where you are and where you need to take the next step of your trip.
For those who want to get a feel for what the application looks like here’s some screen grabs from the application. We’ve taken screen shots with the black theme but it also looks great in the white theme.
When will it be available?
We’ve submitted the application to the marketplace for certification and expect it to be live in the next few days. As it was the first release and was on a strict deadline for the Spotlight program we didn’t get all the features in we really wanted so we’re already preparing an updated version fixing a few issues our beta testers have identified and adding a bunch of extra feature to improve the overall application experience.
Is it available for other cities?
At this stage we are aiming the initial releases at Sydney, so we can road test it on an audience and make some improvements you want to see. We have plans to expand to other cities in the future if the application is successful, so stay tuned for a TransHub near you.
How can I ask for features that I want?
At the moment the best way for bug reports, feature requests or general questions is to drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org but we’re looking at setting up systems for feature requests, and voting on features and changes soon.
I was doing some testing for our upcoming mobile application detecting whether the user had an internet connection and handling it nicely. After doing a bunch of testing on the emulator I deployed to my device, turned on flight mode and could not for the life of me get no network! Thinking I’d done something silly I spent awhile debugging it and trying to work out why I kept getting true!
After thinking I was insane I showed the odd behaviour to John..and suddenly it started working…odd? The difference was I had to disconnect from the usb cable to walk to the other room…so does that mean when I’m connected I’m somehow using my laptop’s internet connection? So to make sure it wasn’t just by logic I made sure I couldn’t browse the web in flight mode disconnected. I plugged my phone into the computer and tried again and TADA…browser page appears.
While it’s actually a cool feature, meaning I can be totally sure I’m not burning through my phone data, on one hand it makes absolute sense from a user perspective, but from a development / testing perspective it was an unexpected result.
This time last year I posted about the dramatic change in Road style for Bing Maps. Well the team didn’t stop improving, they took on feedback and made changes. Improving the water colour, adding the highway markers and making the text more readable are the obvious ones. Take a moment to explore the new Bing Maps style yourself to see how it has all come together: http://www.bing.com/maps/
For Bing Maps questions, links to your articles and more find me on http://twitter.com/bingmapsdev
Or catch me at http://twitter.com/soulsolutions
In addition to our session at Tech Ed Australia, we’re heading over to New Zealand the week before and giving not 1 but 2 presentations on Kinect SDK at Teched New Zealand. We’re pretty excited that this year New Zealand has a whole track of Innovation and that Kinect is featured in there twice
Below are the details of our sessions. Hoping to see lots of enthusiastic people there!
INO202 Kinecting The Dots – Developing with the Kinect SDK
The Microsoft Kinect holds the Guiness World Record as the fastest-selling consumer electronics device ever, selling 8 million units in the first 2 months. With the recent release of the official SDK, you are the controller, with the ability to change the face of future applications. Learn how to take advantage of depth sensing, skeletal tracking and sound source localisation in a sub $200 device in your next project using your current .Net skills.
When: Wed 24 August 16:30 – 17:30
Where: Epsom Rooms 1-3
INO302 Kinecting the Dots – Beyond the Kinect SDK
You’ve learnt the basics of the new Kinect SDK for Windows in our first Kinecting the Dots session, now advance your skills to the next level. The Microsoft Kinect holds the Guinness World Record as the fastest selling consumer electronics device ever, selling 8 million units in the first two months. Now is your chance to build Windows applications with the Kinect. This session assumes an understanding of the Kinect SDK for Windows and covers more advanced skeleton functions, integration with the XNA game engine and gestures. Learn how to build a compelling application using the Kinect and your existing .Net skills.
When: Thu 25 August 11:55 – 12:55
Where: New Zealand 4
We’re proud to announce that TransHub has been selected as a finalist in this year’s Spotlight program from Microsoft Australia.
The Spotlight for Windows Phone gives Transhub the opportunity to present at Australia’s TechEd conference on the Gold Coast, allowing us to launch TransHub Sydney to the audience of 2,500 Australian developers.
We’ll be announcing more information in the coming weeks about the application, where to try and buy it. To keep updated you can follow us on :
Transhub Blog: http://transhub.wordpress.com/
Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/TransHub-4028242