Entries in app (3)
You have probably seen the video below of Thomas Suarez, a 12 year old student from the South Bay of Los Angeles, who recently spoke at TedxManhattanBeach.
In his presentation Thomas speaks about how he loves computers, how he has been fascinated with them from an early age, how Apple's SDK resources helped him get going to create his first app and even how Apple staff at the App store have encouraged him.
Perhaps his greatest inspiration though can be seen in Thomas' on-stage mannerisms. Take a look at the video and see if you are reminded of anyone (recently departed and sorely missed at Apple) in the way he speaks, poses questions, and even the way he shrugs when the audience is laughing at his comment about students knowing more than their teachers.
Inspiration and Aspiration
Although we have to be honest and say that we probably wouldn't buy any of Thomas' apps (we're not really the target audience), we do think Thomas' approach and attitude is an inspiration, both to other students who are thinking of giving App development a go and to adults who have been dabbling or are doubting that they can do it.
Thomas is obviously a very bright and talented young man, with his own company CarrotCorp and big plans for the future. His example though shows that with a bit of creativity and a passion for developing, age is no barrier to what can be achieved.
Teachers / Educators also have another example to help support investment in subjects such as Computer Studies, App development and including IT in the Curriculum.
What do you think about Thomas' speech?
As this post is being typed, there are hopeful Creatives running around our Capital City (London - we're in the UK) trying to find some odd looking paper mannequins. Having already visited San Francisco and New York, these paper figures hold the co-ordinates to USB key dead-drops which, once found and inserted into a laptop, will provide the victorious hunter with the Creative Brief for designing the cover of Virgin's new Project magazine, a mag created to be viewed only on the iPad.
The twitter stream for the Project mag has revealed several of the places where these dead-drops will be in London today and it has been fun watching the tweets, but there are also pretty big clues on the Facebook page too.
If you are in London (specifically Soho, Camden, Holborn, Shoreditch and Southbank) today and you fancy the kind of exposure and kudos this level of project can bring, get searching now.
We think this is a fun and innovative way to run a competition and typical of Richard Branson's Virgin team but really what we are interested in are the submissions for the Project cover re-design and it is these that we look forward to seeing in Issue 3 of Project.
More information about the Project app/mag can be found on the Project blog.
Living on the doorstep of one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites (The Jurassic Coast), the iPad Creative team feel very priviliged and we are interested in anything that promotes this world-wide wonder, especially if it also involves our favourite gadget(s).
New and existing features
The 1.2 update brings with it some useful features including an updated navigation system but more importantly a quick and easy search function to your iPad (and iPhone).The search function enables you to quickly jump to any of the 890 UNESCO World Heritage sites and see some of the photos of that area from among the 20,000 contributed by Fotopedia members.
Other features of the app include access to information about the sites you are viewing, integration with TripAdvisor (potentially making the app a journey planning tool) and a browseable world map that looks like the Places module of iPhoto/Aperture.
Never ending story
More photos are being added all the time to Fotopedia's site and so the library of photos that you can browse will continue to expand beyond the 20,000 photos there already. Many of the photos are gorgeous to look at and all of this for FREE.
We have said it before, but we think the iPad is one of the best devices for browsing through and viewing photographs at their best and this app demonstrates that wonderfully.
"The biggest Coffee Table Book ever!"
Equally of note is the name behind this 'endless photo book' app and Fotopedia, former CTO at Apple and Steve Jobs' friend Jean-Marie Hullot. If you have 30 minutes to spare, we highly recommend viewing Robert Scoble's interview with Hullot in the video below.
We found it really interesting and Hullot talks about the iPad being the inspiration behind the Fotopedia Heritage app experience and describes some of the key features and future developments for the app. There is even a mention about working with Steve Jobs thrown in the mix: