New to the Apple App Store is a free app I created to help teach children to tell the time. It’s a fun little game featuring an interactive cuckoo clock.
This is the latest in a series of apps I am creating using Flash and Adobe Air for iOS. For a long time now Flash has looked like a dead end technology, but the ability to develop for iOS, Android and the Desktop simultaneously has really given it an extra life. I’ve been very impressed with the results so far. I think it is also especially suited to games and widget apps, but is also great for creating interactive prototypes of more complex mobile apps.
Last night my first ever iOS app was approved by Apple!
Finnish First is an iPhone game that teaches you some basic Finnish words, colours and numbers. Win a cross country skiing race by identifying as many Finnish words as possible before your opponent crosses the Finnish line!
I created Finnish First a few years ago using Flash Lite aimed at non touch mobiles. So when I was looking for an iOS project I decided to update it using Flash and AIR for iOS. I’ve been impressed with how easy it was and how well the technology works.
If you want to learn some basic Finnish give it a go and let me know what you think.
I’ve just completed a fun little project combining an old fashioned telephone and twitter. When anyone sends me a public message on Twitter (@NorthernLife) the telephone rings. When I answer a text to speech chip reads out the message to me!
I made this using an Arduino Duemilanove, Ethernet Shield and an Emic 2 text to speech module. This was based on Dan’s How To on Adafruit, so there was much extra coding needed, apart from controlling the telephone bell.
The bell itself is rung using a toy motor, as the built in ringer requires tricky AC voltage from the phone line to work. Because of this is sounds a little odd, but it certainly gets my attention!
The code needs a few tweaks to stop it ringing forever if I am away, and to stop it ringing in the middle of the night. I hope you like it, and feel free to tweet me @NorthernLife and ring my phone!
This 1940s style replica telephone is connected to Twitter!
Exciting news in my personal life. I’m going back to the UK for a year. Starting in September I’m taking study leave to do an MA in Interactive Media at the London College of Communication, a part of the University of the Arts London. I’m really exciting about this course and going back to life as a student again. In the mean time I need to save some money, back to a life of beans on toast…
I have finally finished and uploaded an update to my website.
I’ve tried to give the site a fresh and modern look, and I’ve switched to a single page design with content loaded in dynamically. This should give a nice smooth experience when navigating the content, but by using anchor tags in the URL each page can still be bookmarked.
It has been an interesting design challenge, and I’m going to keep tweaking the design, especially to improve the look on small screens and window sizes.
This joint average certainly makes the all time top ten much more interesting. Currently there are only three classic stories in the top ten, and two stories from the latest series (Amy’s Choice and The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone).
The Doctor Who Dynamic Rankings site has just received a large update to it’s engine. This will make future updates easier and quicker. Episodes should appear much sooner after broadcast. Also stay tuned for new features coming soon.