Here at NUITEQ we stimulate innovation and creative thinking. We allow our software engineers to spend a certain amount of their time working on their own ideas, the so called hackdays. These hackdays don’t have to be related to Snowflake, multitouch technology or Natural User Interfaces, which is what NUITEQ is all about. I’m really a true believer of this kind of creative freedom and flexibility as it allows the brilliant minds of these ridiculously talented people, to make their own thoughts a reality, opposed to only working on product related projects or customer development projects.
The rules of a NUITEQ hackday project:
- It has to be a rough crude prototype/hack, so it doesn’t have to be flawless working finished end product
- Spend max 2 work days on the project
- Create a short 2-3 min crude video of the project to showcase the work
- Make sure to have fun and learn something new
This project was about accessing information from the sensors of a mobile device, in Snowflake. For the demonstration, the 3d app inside Snowflake is modified to get orientation from a device that connects to it wirelessly using TCP. Rotating the device in hand rotates the model in the app.
The application also lists and updates information coming from the many other sensors of the device, like the ambient light sensor, ambient temperature etc.
There were two parts in this project, one was the android application that gathers the information from the devices' sensors and transfers them over the network, and the other was the modification of the 3D app.
The app is developed on the Snowflake platform in combination with the Android platform. The same can be achieved with the iOS platform and even extended to other platforms.
Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Please note that this is a project and what you see in the video is not actually part of the Snowflake product range till date.