About Objects Student’s iPhone App Featured on the App Store
Craig McLeod, a developer at Resort Technology Partners who attended the About Objects Objective-C for Beginners and iPhone Programming Workshop classes back in October, sent me an email last week to let me know that his team’s very cool REALSI app is now available on Apple’s App Store. Here’s what he wrote:
January 26, 2010
My company started on a complex iPhone app, REALSKI, an Augmented Reality iPhone app, weeks before I went to my About Objects class. When I came back, I was able to jump into development become a key member of the project!
Apple has featured REALSKI under New & Noteworthy apps in iTunes as of yesterday. I don’t know how long it will stay there, but there is a possibility of Apple featuring it more prominently later on. They contacted us about promoting it last week.
It’s kind of a big deal to have a featured app so I’m telling people. The app requires an iPhone 3Gs and it is free. It comes with 5 ski resort maps included and there are over 80 more ski resorts available for download at $0.99 each.
What is augmented reality?
With the iPhone it is data/information layered over your iPhone camera’s current live view. We have taken ski run GPS data so that when you are at a ski resort you can hold up your iPhone and see the runs/lifts/buildings around you labeled accurately to what you are looking at through your iPhone’s camera.
The web page:
This is me showing an early demo to Olympic and X-Games gold medalist Shaun White here in Vail this season. All the Olympic hopefuls are training down the road at Copper Ski Mountain and the Burton (original snowboard company) Team came over to Vail.
Here is a pic of it being used a the World Cup ski race at Beaver Creek this season.
The direct link to the app in iTunes
The picture of Craig demoing the app to Shaun White is too cool to leave as just a tweetphoto link (see above), so I just had to include it inline here.
Needless to say, I’m thrilled that Craig feels our training helped get him up to speed on iPhone development quickly enough to be a key contributor to a cool app that shipped just a few months later, though ultimately the credit goes to Craig. Nothing makes a teacher look so good as a great student. Way to go, Craig!