Thursday, June 7

Awesome Idea and an Awesome motivation

First thing in morning is to check hacker news. Two of the blog posts that caught my attention and made me think on them.

On{X} : The coolest thing to happen to android.

I was awestruck when I read this post on techcrunch. No not about Microsoft and android. That is of least interest. The idea and implementation behind the on{X} really was amazing. Depending on the location of a user and his settings, which will be very very easy to configure for a user, your phone will notify you. For example, when you reach home, get notified that you want to buy milk. Or notify is you are not in gym for more than 3 days etc. Wow, this is really an amazing idea.

Imagine you could program your Android to text your wife when you left work. Now imagine your Android reminding you in the morning to grab your umbrella if it's going to rain later in the day.

All users need to do is download the Android app and then configure rules on the on{X} site. Rules are called 'recipes' and there are 11 templates ready to go. These include ones such as 'Launch the music app when I am walking' and 'Remind me to visit the gym if I haven't been there in 3 days'. Check out the video at the bottom of the post for a demo.

Each recipe can be easily edited by novices before being pushed to the user's device. The rules and all the data they hold are private, and are available only to the user.

Another post that made me think was from pocket developer.

Pocket's Tips for Aspiring Android Developers: It's Not Really Terrifying, and In Fact Quite Enjoyable

Max Weiner, Pocket's lead developer for Android, explains how easy it is to develop an android application. He explains how their quest as an android app developer was started and what all they did to reach success. Very well written and highly motivational for aspiring android developers like me.

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