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[PRIME] Android Phone PAX App Isn't Coming This Year, Sorry

jonxpjonxp [E] AlumnusRegistered User regular
edited September 2009 in PAX Archive
FWIW...screenshots of the Android app I have in development.
Spoiler:

[strike]If you want the app and know how to install .apk files without using the marketplace, please contact me. Otherwise, please wait until I get a job so I can spare the $25 to sign up with the marketplace.[/strike] UPDATE: Thank you to Theros who is publishing my app for me. Search for PAX in the marketplace.

This is just the first version, and is super basic. It counts down the start of first day of PAX '09. Nothing else. However, it does so EXTREMELY accurately...taking in to account your local time zone, and the particular ways you handle daylight saving time, if at all. This may result in a discrepancy of up to one hour from what you see on the clock, but if you do the math you'll realize it's correct.

Features that will definitely be added:
- Floormap of PAX
- Configurable countdown date (use it multiple years! Countdown to your birthday! The end of the world! Whatever!)
- Update notification

Features that will likely be added:
- Schedule of events that also integrates with floormap (what is going on where, right now)
- Button trading game tracker

Features that will be added if I find the time:
- Scheduler to plan your day and alarms to notify you of upcoming events

Features that are a pipe dream, but I would like to have happen:
- Using WiFi signals to give a "You are here" on the map
- Creating point to point navigation instructions (Go down escalators twice, turn left, take Arcadia Hallway to BYOC area)

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Ohh, d'oh on two counts. =( What happened? =( =(

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    You guys cant base it off of the floorplans that are located on the WSCTC's website?

    <MoeFwacky> besides, BigRed-Worky is right
  • The_ReflectionThe_Reflection Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Yeah, good point. Even with all the maps they put up early, you should be able to have the same data as walking around the event.

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  • jonxpjonxp [E] Alumnus Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    BigRed wrote: »
    You guys cant base it off of the floorplans that are located on the WSCTC's website?

    That's the definitely doable part of the plan, BigRed. Adding a thing that says "You are somewhere around here" based on WiFi triangulation requires the walking around bit, and a phone to use. I could kinda make it work using guesswork, but I wouldn't be confident in it at all.

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    jonxp wrote: »
    BigRed wrote: »
    You guys cant base it off of the floorplans that are located on the WSCTC's website?

    That's the definitely doable part of the plan, BigRed. Adding a thing that says "You are somewhere around here" based on WiFi triangulation requires the walking around bit, and a phone to use. I could kinda make it work using guesswork, but I wouldn't be confident in it at all.

    Why is this trying to be made like this? I thought this was just supposed to be like a pax themed map where you could put in some place you want to go (Cconsole freeplay, or BYOC, etc) and it will plot a route for you that you could follow?

    why bother with wifi triangulation or gps or something. If people cant read a map and know basic direction (left, right, go up stairs, walk straight, pass the fountain, go through the glass doors etc) then no amount of help by technology or whatever will get them to a place unless they follow someone who knows the way already.
    Those are also the type of people that will drive their car into a lake because the gps said to :P

    tl:dr
    You guys are making that shit far more complex than it needs to be.

    <MoeFwacky> besides, BigRed-Worky is right
  • PsychoishPsychoish Registered User
    edited January 2009
    Heh, I love how this topic went from iPhone/iPod Touch to Android. xP

  • The_ReflectionThe_Reflection Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Red's got a point. PAX really isnt that hard to navigate, but a handheld map/schedule organizer would be awesome, and is as kickass as the app needs to be.

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  • jonxpjonxp [E] Alumnus Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    BigRed wrote: »
    jonxp wrote: »
    BigRed wrote: »
    You guys cant base it off of the floorplans that are located on the WSCTC's website?

    That's the definitely doable part of the plan, BigRed. Adding a thing that says "You are somewhere around here" based on WiFi triangulation requires the walking around bit, and a phone to use. I could kinda make it work using guesswork, but I wouldn't be confident in it at all.

    Why is this trying to be made like this? I thought this was just supposed to be like a pax themed map where you could put in some place you want to go (Cconsole freeplay, or BYOC, etc) and it will plot a route for you that you could follow?

    why bother with wifi triangulation or gps or something. If people cant read a map and know basic direction (left, right, go up stairs, walk straight, pass the fountain, go through the glass doors etc) then no amount of help by technology or whatever will get them to a place unless they follow someone who knows the way already.
    Those are also the type of people that will drive their car into a lake because the gps said to :P

    tl:dr
    You guys are making that shit far more complex than it needs to be.

    Haha, no, it will DEFINITELY have the basic map. That's what I'm saying. Map of the floor with everything laid out for sure. Nothing special, but it'll work for getting around.

    Path finding (and giving directions) is actually a very hard thing to add, and is at the bottom of the list of problems I want to tackle. Directly above it is position tracking which is a very slightly less hard problem to solve, just because I've done something like it before. Above those two is every other feature of the app.

    Don't worry, I'm not making it complicated yet. I have a(n agile) method to my madness.
    Psychoish wrote: »
    Heh, I love how this topic went from iPhone/iPod Touch to Android. xP

    Free Cross-Platform SDK...what more can I say?

    However, yeah, should I move this to its own thread, or are we going to rechristen this the "PAX Mobile Apps" thread?

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Aye, it's the availability of the Android SDK (and, in particular, the fact that you can develop for it on a PC) that makes it desirable for folks like JonXP and me. =)

    I personally think if you want to try the triangulation, I think that's really neat. =) Yes PAX is fairly easy to navigate... but isn't there something to be said about the "cool factor" of having GPS-like features in the app? Sorry Red, but I think it's nifty. =) =)

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    it would be quite a bit of code but couldnt you just program set routes from certian points to certian points?

    like

    Where are you now?
    console freeplay

    Destination?
    BYOC

    only one route for that...

    a route would have to be programed from every department to every other one for pax, but would be very useful for people that are not familiar with the wsctc

    Sorry but gps/wifi positioning... might be neat but i doubt someone could make that work in time for pax09. Also how are you going get the position of the wifi points for reference?

    <MoeFwacky> besides, BigRed-Worky is right
  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I think that's what he'd need help or to physically be there for, then he could collect the data directly or through experimentation perhaps? I get the feeling that's what he's plannin'. =)

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  • jonxpjonxp [E] Alumnus Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Yeah, the WiFi positioning thing is only to do an "educated guess" for what part of the map you may be on. It won't give your exact coordinates...but it could say you're most likely in the Handheld Lounge B. It bases this off of the known locations, signal heat maps, and MAC addresses of APs in the area. That's why it would require me to be able to head out there while it's still "clean" to make the heatmaps. Also why it'll only happen if I have the time and money.

    That's not a bad idea to have "baked in" directions to get from one place to another. We may want to have humans write it, though.

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  • dyaballikldyaballikl PAX Main Theatre House & Security Manager • PAX Community Cartographer Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    BigRed wrote: »
    Those are also the type of people that will drive their car into a lake because the gps said to :P

    dude, be fair. that's only happened twice. if it becomes thrice, then i'll take my 42" plasma screen gps out from the center of my windshield.

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  • jonxpjonxp [E] Alumnus Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    OK, so here is my tentative feature list in order of importance. It is not a guaranteed list, but features closer to the top are more likely to be in it than closer to the bottom.

    So...if you would like to help me out in paying for development costs (including marketplace fee/rent/food/that kind of stuff) you can do so here. I'll try to do something special for folks who donate, but I'm not sure what yet. I am fully aware that you don't know me from Adam, and I could be some drug using puppy killer who will only take the money to buy more puppies to kill. I am only asking due to current joblessness, and all I can do is promise you're actually helping me spend more time developing.

    Mods, I promise I will never bring it up again.

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    <3 JonXP =) You rock! Let's do this thing! =)

    Also, I know Jon from more than Adam (as a lot of us likely do), and he's a good guy and a damn good programmer. =)

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  • The_ReflectionThe_Reflection Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    If I give you five bucks, will you hide my shark somewhere in the background of the app as an easter egg?

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  • jonxpjonxp [E] Alumnus Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    If I give you five bucks, will you hide my shark somewhere in the background of the app as an easter egg?

    Indeed.

    EDIT:

    Status update...this is how I've decided to work the Countdown into the "complete" app.
    Spoiler:

    Once the countdown is over, it will be gone, so it's just a background.

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    jonxp wrote: »
    If I give you five bucks, will you hide my shark somewhere in the background of the app as an easter egg?

    Indeed.

    EDIT:

    Status update...this is how I've decided to work the Countdown into the "complete" app.
    Spoiler:

    Once the countdown is over, it will be gone, so it's just a background.

    I like it! Kind of a quick main menu sort of thing, it is good =)

    Also, the donations for easter eggs/mentioning somewhere is a neat idea! =) You should set a higher bar for minimum donation before someone gets an easter egg though! =) I guess every 5 bucks helps, but if we're not careful you'll have to fill the app with like 10mb of images and won't have enough money from the donation fund to pay the rent still (let alone for a dev system) =( How about a minimum 25$ donation for that honor? =)

    EDIT: Ack, I don't know why I decided to become your unofficial donation negotiation agent, sorry about that =)

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  • jonxpjonxp [E] Alumnus Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I don't forsee too many donations. If I end up with a flood, I'll make a tiered system of some sort.

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I'm hoping people will donate enough that you have to do this tiered system =) Your app is going to be awesome, and if it helps to get you to PAX while you're making that app (or at least keep the roof over your head) that's worth it =)

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  • The_ReflectionThe_Reflection Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    That tierd idea is great but since I asked first I'm immune to it. 5 bucks coming your way soon.

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  • n8lewisn8lewis Registered User
    edited January 2009
    I like the list of features. I feel you should add the list of Omeganauts and events for them to compete in. Also add an rss news feed for penny-arcade.com and the comic.

    I have been following this thread for a few days now and just thought I would add my 2 cents. I also have been looking for a good reason to develop for Android. If you need any help with the app. I am offering to lend assistance.

  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Ah, those are good features! I like the ideas! =)

    Does Penny Arcade publish an RSS feed? I'm curious now, I had never thought to look for it.

    EDIT: Aha! There's a button at the bottom for it, I'd never noticed it until I went searching just now. =)

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  • jonxpjonxp [E] Alumnus Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Ah, those are good features! I like the ideas! =)

    Does Penny Arcade publish an RSS feed? I'm curious now, I had never thought to look for it.

    EDIT: Aha! There's a button at the bottom for it, I'd never noticed it until I went searching just now. =)

    PA does have an RSS feed, but the PAX site doesn't have one....at least not a published one...

    I need to look to see if there is an "Android way" to do RSS nicely, or if I need to just do it on my own.



    I'm trying to figure out a good way to handle code contributions. At this point, if you have an idea, grab the SDK and start working on an Activity. Thanks to the pretty darn cool way that Android is modular, we should be able to integrate pretty efficiently. I'll probably start up a Git repo or something.

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Ahh, that's right! That is really neat, I forgot about Activities. That was a great idea Google had with that.

    Also, I think I have to pick your brain sometime about Git. I've tried using it before, and all I ended up doing was getting really confused. =(

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Also, I would like to take this time to make a request to Khoo if he's listening.

    If you're out there Khoo, provide PAX information on the pennyarcadeexpo.com website in a RESTful service or RSS format! =) Something we can process and utilize for these apps! =) =)

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  • jonxpjonxp [E] Alumnus Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    At *least* RSS. PLEASE.

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    You would be so made of win Khoo!

    I'll give you cookies! I mean it! =)

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  • HounHoun Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    jonxp wrote: »
    I need to look to see if there is an "Android way" to do RSS nicely, or if I need to just do it on my own.

    There's no built-in RSS app, though a few have popped up on the Android Market. Thus, I don't believe there's a specific "Android Way".

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  • ashridahashridah Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Houn wrote: »
    jonxp wrote: »
    I need to look to see if there is an "Android way" to do RSS nicely, or if I need to just do it on my own.

    There's no built-in RSS app, though a few have popped up on the Android Market. Thus, I don't believe there's a specific "Android Way".

    The Android way would be to use the web browser to access google's rss aggregator tool, probably.

  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Possibly... or we could grab the RSS feed and, using some Python RSS library, decompose the message and then render it in whatever manner we see fit. As I've been reading more on the Google App Engine, it seems that they let you use pretty much any pure python library... which means we have access to much more than I initially realized. Unless I'm misunderstanding what they mean.

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  • HounHoun Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Possibly... or we could grab the RSS feed and, using some Python RSS library, decompose the message and then render it in whatever manner we see fit. As I've been reading more on the Google App Engine, it seems that they let you use pretty much any pure python library... which means we have access to much more than I initially realized. Unless I'm misunderstanding what they mean.

    Speaking of, VT, on regards to the idea of "Scraping" the news:
    http://code.google.com/appengine/docs/python/urlfetch/overview.html

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Ahh, perfect! =)

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  • jonxpjonxp [E] Alumnus Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Obviously designed with REST in mind, but it'll work for anything.

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    True =)

    But this is also good to know if we ever need to interact with RESTful services for anything. Maybe not on this project, but on some future project. =)

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  • jonxpjonxp [E] Alumnus Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    We should really move this conversation elsewhere. I don't think people popping in for iPhone apps are going to appreciate developer talk on the Android version.

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Ah... true. I can make a new thread for it! Lemme see =)

    EDIT: Actually, as creator of the Android app, you should have the honor of making the OP of the thread =)

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited January 2009
  • HounHoun Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Moe Fwacky wrote: »
    Thread Split: GO!

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    edited January 2009
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