It’s Saturday morning at eBayPayPal’s headquarters and the developers are busy preparing for the second day of development of iPad on the first official iPadDevCamp (offered by the same developers who previously organized three iPhoneDevCamp events). The coffee is made and the cupcakes are served. The teams were already formed last night but there are still a couple of people hanging around and comparing the skills of the participants to find the dream team to join. Of course there are iPads everywhere, in business card holders and other random homemade gadgets.
Developers have flown in from Argentina, China, Germany, Sweden, England and Canada. The goal is to meet people on Friday night and have a stunning application by Sunday. A hackathon . The best apps will receive various prizes, from iPads, to keyboards and even sleeves.
In addition to being hyper-focused on this exciting new platform for a few days, there are also talks on application trading, PayPal integration, advertising placement, Objective-C classes and other presentations by renowned Sillicon Valley figures.
Developers and their applications
I sat down with Dan Grover, the creator of ShoveBox, to discuss his latest project: Etude. It’s a music score application that looks beautiful on the iPad (although it’s only available for iPhone at the moment). Imagine resting your iPad on your piano and playing to the beat of famous compositions. Below is a sample piece of music.
I was also talking about Audiotorium with Michael Emmons, a former Symbian developer who has abandoned this platform for iPhone OS. Audiotorium is an application that allows both recording and note taking, which is perfect for university students and professional workers. Instead of taking your laptop to a class or a meeting, which is a bit much, you use your iPad to make sure you don’t miss any details.
Well, this is very cool. Rana Sobhany uses two iPads as his mixer. He has a blog where he shares his experience and progress called Destroy the Silence.
Here is a list of many of the applications that were presented on Sunday after two very hard nights. Somehow, these magicians have been able to create apps that work and are apparently ready to be sent to the App Store. Anyway, there are still many that are still in development on Github, or that are now open-source for anyone who wants to download and try them out.
Relay – This app is going to be really impressive when it’s finished. The demo received a massive applause. Users can drag web pages, text and music from the iPad to the computer and vice versa. The music stops playing on one device and continues on the other. The pages you’re currently visiting load instantly on the other device. This app won a “Most Useful” award
PAD – Personal Armour Defense – A portable security system Users install wireless sensors (smoke, movement, etc.) in a hotel room, campground or home to ensure their protection. The system can be assembled and disassembled using RFID. PAD received the “Most Alarming” award.
iPad Slot Machine – Another recipient of huge applause. An iPhone simulates the slot machine lever and three iPads show the objects spinning. iPad Slot Machine received the award for the “Coolest” application. You can see it in the image below.
iuiPad – The extension of the iUI web development framework to support the iPad It won the “Best Web Application” award
Shopkeep – Mine your e-mail to find online purchases and track them.
Melena21 – Finally an application that seeks to help people with special needs. Children can touch large images to indicate what they need or want. This application won the Accessibility Award.
Airhawk – Air hockey (or table hockey) on the iPad. This app won the “Most Monetizable” award due to its in-app purchase and advertising use.
iPad Boombox – A full-screen MP3 player that looks and functions like an old-school boom box . This one won the prize for the “Most Retro” application
Tank or Die – Use iPhones to control tanks on an iPad. This one won the “Best Game” award
iConessionStand – Users can order food and drink at sporting events without leaving their seats. This won the award for “Best Use of the PayPal API”