My 2010 gadget top 5

This is my personal gadget top 5 for 2010! On my wish list for 2011 are: a Windows Phone 7,  the iPad 2, a new TV with 3D and internet connection and another Sonos S5!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

1. Apple iPad 16GB Wi-Fi The gadget of the year!
2. Sonos S5 + ZoneBridge 100 In combination with the free iPad app and Spotify this is what every music and gadget lover wants!
 3. Nespresso Citiz For the real coffee experience
4. iPhone 4 Why do people buy other look-a-like smartphones anyway?
5. Peugeot Zephir Electric Pepper & Salt Mills Gadgets for the kitchen
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Playing with my new iPad

This post was written on my new iPad with the WordPress app. I am the very happy owner of a 16GB iPad since last week and I like it VERY much! We are on holiday in the UK cruising around with the MINI Clubman and ofcourse I took the iPad with me. Until now we have had free WiFi in every hotel and it is really great to be able to check my email, browse my favourite websites, reading the news, watch a RTL TV program or writing a blog post…

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Silverlight Wordle updated

I have update my Silverlight Wordle post and added the source code.

Enjoy!

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iPhone Game Development in Windows

Yes it is true! With the new DragonFireSDK you can develop iPhone games in Visual Studio with C++.

The SDK is very simple and easy to learn and there are some great examples. The iPhone simulator is great and even features emulation of the accelerometer.

The DragonFireSDK is the reason why I have been busy the last weeks on coding my very own iPhone game ‘World Topo’.

World Topo is an educational game to learn topography of the world. You have to guide your plane to famous places and capitals of the world. Your aim is to unlock all 3 levels and fly as far you can before you run out of fuel…

The game features:

  • 3 levels
  • 235 differrent destinations
  • 3 auto pilots per level
  • auto save of your progress and settings

 

You can download a full demo with the simulator of the release candidate here: https://www.johnbruin.net/files/worldtopo demo.zip

Your comments are very much appreciated!

Have fun!

Here is a screen shot of the game with instructions:

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My entry for the SilverlightShow EcoContest

“We invite you to use your Silverlight skills and imagination to design attractive, educative and informative Silverlight-based applications that help support and promote any kind of environment-friendly activities…”

OXYGENEMy entry for the SilverlightShow EcoContest is the game OXYGENE inspired by the iPhone game Blowfish. In OXYGENE you fight against the CO2 pollution by creating oxygene (O2) bubbles to overwhelm the CO2 particles.
You can play and vote for my entry here

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Silverlight Circle Twist

Silverlight Circle Twist was inspired by the cool game AlphaBetiC on my iPod Touch and the old Bros demos Circle Twist I and Circle Twist II on the Commodore 64.

Try typing your own text by clicking on the circles and then use backspace to remove the current text!
Reload the page for some different color patterns from COLOURlovers

And ofcourse you can download the code and play with it yourself. Have fun!

Oh and did you already vote for my MIX10K entry DeeperZoom? Please…

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Silverlight Deeper Zoom a 10K animation demo

Deeper ZoomToday I have submitted my entry for the MIX 10K Smart Coding Challenge. I think this competition is so cool and it is very challenging to build something nice in only 10K.
This year I have made an animation that is very much inspired by the demo scene.

Because the Commodore 64 still is my all time favourite computer I have added a funky SID tune ‘Unsophisticated’ by Thomas Manske (Peace). This tune is downloaded on the fly from the Stone Oakvalley’s Authentic SID Collection (SOASC=) where they have converted (almost) all SID tunes ever made to MP3.

To save up Kb’s the characters used in the animation are all in the Webdings font that is pretty much standard on Windows but I don’t know if it will also work on Mac OS. Please let me know if not!

Please enjoy and vote for my entry here

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Silverlight Star Wars Scroller

Inspired by Jim Wightman and with a jumpstart by the Star Wars Scroller of the Dotneteers, I have created my own Star Wars Scroller.
As a bonus my version features:

You can download the source here : starwarsscroller.zip

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Silverlight Snow Storm – Merry X-mas & Happy New Year

Here is a small demo with source code of a Silverlight Snow Storm with sticky snow.
The application displays a maximum of 1500 snow flake controls. When the maximum is reached the old snow flakes melt and are reused.
I am using Andy Beaulieu’s Improved HitTest method (again) to test if the snow flakes hit the text (converted to path).

Have fun!

Download the source code

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TouchTyper my entry for the Windows DEV7 Contest

This is my entry for the dutch Windows DEV7 Contest.

TouchTyper is a touch-enabled WPF remake of my entry for the MIX 10K Smart Coding Challenge called Silvertyper.

TouchTyper is great fun and learns users how to use Touch and Handwriting Recognition in Windows 7. TouchTyper provides Rich Animation using the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF).

Goal
The goal of the game is to write the letters of the scrolling words with your finger, stylus or mouse before they reach the laser.

How it works
If a letter is recognized the ‘Touch Scanner’ will turn green and the letter dissapears. If not the light will turn red. If a word reaches the laser the letters will explode and you will lose your energy. The game is over when you run out of energy.

Technical information
The game is compatible with 32 bit Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 and uses the Handwriting Recognizer.
For Windows XP you have to have the Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 Recognizer Pack installed.
In Windows Vista and Windows 7 you may have to activate handwriting recognition for the desired language.

The game uses a dutch word dictionary but I have also provided english words in the installation folder (default C:\Program Files\John Bruin\TouchTyper). Simply rename words_en.xml to words.xml.

Screen shots
TouchTyper screenshot 1/3

TouchTyper screenshot 2/3

TouchTyper screenshot 3/3

Download
You can download the installation package for TouchTyper here: TouchTyper.msi

Have fun!

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