Tuesday, November 9, 2010

“Texas Holdem: Poker Hand Odds Calculator”
It will be a poker advantage calculator, it will calculate a players winning ratio and normalizes the winning ratio relative to the number of players. An advantage calculator provides a normalized value between -100% and +100% describing a players winning chance in a locked domain.

Research & Design Methodologies

Other Similar iPhone Apps
68 other poker apps in the app store. The oldest ones just calculated pre-flop percentages or calculated two player game odds. There have been 5 new apps released since I started researching the topic and 11 out of the 68 updated with new features so these apps are still popular. I hope to combine all the major functionality of the other apps as from looking through the app store no app has a timer, payout structure, poker hand table percentages and most importantly the hand percentage for pre-flop, the flop, the turn and the river. I didn’t see any app that gives a user feedback on their games progress for example the amount of hands they folded, won, lost either so I wish to incorporate this into my app.

Calculations for calculating percentage
I bought a book called Texas Hold’em Odds by Catalin Barboinanu. This book gives details on how to calculate the percentages of a poker hand winning the hand in question

Design Methodologies
I'm going to follow Human Interface Design on the Apple website

Aims & Objectives
Create an iPhone app that does the following
  •      Calculates percentage of the hand, updates the percentage
  •      Gives user odds of all hands
  •      Has a game timer
  •      Hand Strength Table
  •      Payout Structure
  •      Game Stats
Week Ending

Learnt the SDK for iPhone by reading books and completing tutorials on YouTube

Have aims and objectives clarified with Trevor Hogan
Decide on what the app shall look like by following a set of frameworks

Make first working prototype of the app
It shall do the basic functions of calculating the percentages in a locked domain

Make second prototype with another view giving a user more information about their game of poker such as stats of the game

Ensure the design follows the Human Interface Design

Dual Hinge Samsung Zeal

The new dual hinge Samsung Zeal has been leaked through the 3rd party news service Verizon Wireless Network. There is non mention of the Zeal on the website latest news but there is a 360 degree viewer that just shows the front of the  Zeal. The flip-style is rarely used by phone developers, but what makes this phone so exciting is the fact that it uses E Ink QWERT keyboard rather than regular normal buttons you would find on a regular phone. This means the phone can adapt to each app your using or even which way you the user are holding the phone. Besides this exciting feature the phone has the expected features including a 2-megapixel camera  Skype mobile, Bluetooth, Messaging etc.

Via: Slash Gear

Monday, November 8, 2010

3D Speed Camera

This is without a doubt the future of road safety the 3D speed camera captures just about everything you could be doing illegally with your vehicle. Its officially called ASSET (Advanced Safety and Driver Support for Essential Road Transport). It is undergoing severe tests at the moment in Finland to ensure its fully functional. It has a range of 50 meters and can detect if a driver has no insurance, tax or if they are wearing a seat belt. The system will be connected to the police force via satellite informing them about the offenses committed by the driver. The cameras are expected to be deployed across Europe starting 2013 costing at about 50,000 euro per unit.   

WOWKeys: A Eee Keyboard

Omnio WOWKeys and iPhone have joined up for this new impressive project. It is a new iPhone dock. This new usb keyboard was specifically created for the iPhone with 15 designated hot keys for the iPhone. You will also be able to upload numerous amount of apps onto your iPhone. This could also enable the iPhone to be a multi-touch trackpad so in turn making it a smart phone and ARM-based computer. The iPhone dock is both MAC & Windows compatible. The dock also has the expected features of keeping your iPhone charged and synced as well. You will be able to purchase this new and improved iPhone dock for around $100, its unknown if it will be released in for Christmas presents yet.

Source: AVING, Engadget