iphonebarcamp. Fun. Yes. Regrets? I have a few, but then again, too few to mention. Well, I’ll mention two. I did not get as involved in the camp as I should have, and I forgot about an afternoon beach party.
If you have never been to a dev camp, (whatever the technology) it basically works this way… (video walkthrough). You show up on Friday. Some people will have project ideas and can code, others are just looking to learn a few new tricks and others are fully new to the technology but eager to dive in. The projects are normally simple things to prove out ideas, but occasionally you will see something with a bit more polish to it. The general idea though is to exchange solutions to problems, the creation of the projects are simply a means to an end. As for myself, I do not know how to program in objectiveC (the platform for iphone apps) so i missed a great opportunity to dive in and learn. Ah well. The next one.
Before I get into some of the cools apps that came out, I have to compliment the company that sponsored the beer. Great choice!
I should also compliment the swag. A pretty nice iphone case, mic/headset adapter (useful given you cannot drive and talk on the phone anymore in California, more here at the end of this blog) and a container for your iphone chord.
Ok, to the applications: The listed application are the ones that I thought either has a clear market or I thought they solved or demonstrated a very cool technology. This is part one though, after this list is the stuff that was demo’ed, so be sure to hit the link to my friends blog for that.
Life Record EMR full blown medical records in the palm of your hand on the iPhone! firstname.lastname@example.org A pretty cool app. I’m not sure how well this will do with HIPPA, but it had a nice feel and flow when I saw it.
Appleopolis.com has a comprehensive listing of iPhone apps with both an iPhone and desktop compatible version of the site. They also have free online iPhone accounts that people can use to add, store and manage all their web apps. For more info contact infoATappleopolisDOTcom. I will use this. I was thinking of writing something like this but with less features…. I still might write it though.
MyMetar iPhone Edition is an elegant aviation weather application for iPhone carrying pilots that is fully integrated with MyMetar.com, by Tyson Weihs and Jason Miller. I was really mad that I missed this one. I checked it out on my iphone and it shows promise. They need to really work in the GPS. The other reason I wanted to see this and chat to the guys who wrote it is because a long long long time ago, on a p1 PC far far away, I worked on something like this but WITH GPS and navigation and other useful bits of information for the small craft pilot. I may send them an email.
Spry Data and Widgets for iPhone by Spry Team Although still a bit buggy by Sunday, this shows promise. What I love is the simplicity. Basically it’s a game platform with no logic. Love it. I wrote a card game for Vyew and took the same approach, no rules, just a bunch of cards. We humans have been playing games for years without computers, so why do computers have to have rules? Mock up an XML with the location of the images involved, and ‘boom’ you have a game! Ok, there is a touch more to it, but not much more.
App Marks is web desktop for the iPhone that organizes your favorite web applications, widgets, and sites. – by App Marks team, info at appmarks dot com. At first I thought this was just ok, but after playing with it, this could be pretty useful.
Mojits (mobile widgets) is a launcher for iPhone widgets that can be customized from phone or desktop. It includes ratings, comments, tags, and a fully phonified interface. I will be using this.
iDictate.org iDictate has turned the Apple iPhone into an awesome go-anywhere dictation device with the finished documents promptly emailed back to the user for final editing. Transcription fees start at slightly more than a penny per word, with no monthly charges. Man, I really wanted this to work because I could really use it. I will check back. Once they get this right, I will reblog it.
iSleuth is an internet frame grabber application which transmits near realtime iSight or built-in camera images from your MacBook or Mac to your iPhone on-demand. iSleuth can be used for any monitoring application, including baby, vacation home, pet, elder-care, entry doorway, outdoor weather, and more. By Srini Raja, Jacob Balthazor, and Brian Balthazor
gOffice for iPhone First working word processor for the iPhone. Create Microsoft Word docs with built in graphics, header and ‘fake’ but real looking signature. Save results by emailing them to yourself or others. The gOffice for iPhone site is being launched today, 7/7/07. This is a cool app, but until the keyboard is sorted out, I can only see this for limited editing. But thats worth it.
Telekinesis: Remotely access your Mac through a collection of mini web apps on your phone.
heysan! AIM, MSN, ICQ is a free mobile IM service with support for AIM, MSN and ICQ. Visit http://m.heysan.com in your iphone or mobile phone to sign in. Will soon include support for Google Talk and Yahoo. I didnt try it, but it looks good.
Now, many of the things we saw on Sunday did not make it to the site, and I looked. However, Mager, being the good chap he is, photographed and wrote on each one. Some of these are very cool! So for more information, picture and some video, check out his blog. And check this out….
iMusicMash – Web app. Basically your iTunes library super-charged with a mashup. Uses Yahoo’s boss API to return photos. Uses LyricsWiki.org to get lyrics. Pings the YouTube API to return a bunch of videos of your favorite artists. And finally, it uses the Last.fm API to help you find similar artists to the artists you select. I will be playing with this too.