I have moved to Perth! I decided I needed to advance my career, and there was no chance of that happening back home in Cairns, where there are almost no jobs in IT available, so I decided moving to the city would be my best option. I first considered Brisbane, because it was much closer to home, but after a while I realized I would pretty much have to start from scratch and find a place to live straight away. Because of this, I decided Perth was the best option as I have my sister and her family that I can stay with while I find my feet. I came over for a holiday in May and bought a brand new car, (my own car would most likely not make the trip across Australia) and got a transfer with Woolworths to the local store, so I had a job to come to. Then 3 weeks after my holiday, I flew over with 50kgs of my possessions and started life in the big city.
So voice jammer was trending the other day after that video got popular and everyone was interesting in jamming their voice, and it made it into #10 trending apps on Google Play
Want proof? here’s a screenshot I took of the event:
At the time of posting it is in #19 Top Free Music & Audio apps on google play, which makes me pretty happy.
I’ve uploaded a fix for low end phones that don’t support 44100Hz audio, and a fix for newer phones unable to reach the settings due to the removal of the menu button.
Hopefully someone will hire me now so I can properly launch my career in IT.
Downloads for my app Voice Jammer have shot up over the last few days, most likely due to the use of a similar app in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU9EGeMP5n4, So I’ve decided to resurrect the project.
Unfortunately I didn’t have the source code up to date and only had an old, not working version of it, because when I updated to windows 8, the skydrive app refused to upload changes, then my computer died, losing all the new stuff. I managed to extract the source code from the published apk and get the app back to where it used to be, which is a big step. Now I plan to fix the problem with accessing the menu on newer devices without a menu button (which I honestly think is a stupid change, I preferred the [back] [home] [search] [menu] buttons to the [back] [home] [recent apps] buttons, which are mostly all for navigation and not for utility)
Once my dev phone is charged up I’ll be able to release the updated version and hopefully escape the wrath of angry users unable to access the menu.
I thought I’d give an update on my project, DreigonPOS, a point of sale program for cafes. I’ve been working on this alot lately, I’ve implemented excel import and exporting, automatic Deals, and more.
First off I’ll explain the features of DreigonPOS.
I decided to have a look at HTML5 Canvases recently, it turns out they are pretty fun to work with, so I managed to make a small game with one.
The game is called Circle World, and the objective is to collect the green circles while avoiding the red circles. My nieces and nephews had a lot of fun playing it, which is good as it took about half a day to make.
Click here to play Circle World!
I have now officially graduated from James Cook University, Cairns, with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology – Interactive Technologies and Game Design!
It’s just a bit of paper, but it seems that it’s what employers like to see, and for me, the goal of going to university wasn’t to come out with just a bit of paper, but to expand my knowledge and grant myself the tools to keep on learning and creating new things. I love programming and uni helped develop my understanding of all things about programming and computers as well as project management and practices, and now I’m ready to enter into the workforce and do some awesome stuff. Programming is one of those areas where there is still so much more to discover and improve upon, so I find it incredibly interesting to try new ways of doing things and create solutions in places where none existed before and to be apart of groundbreaking discoveries is pretty exciting!
DreigonPOS is a Point of Sales program I have been working on since late 2012. It is a POS solution for my mother’s cafe, designed for a fast food type of shop, rather than a restaurant. It utilizes Java Swing for it’s GUI and CubeSQL (which uses SQLite) for the database.
This project has given me a lot of experience with actually deploying a software package, and all the troubleshooting you have to go through to get it working easily.
Try to talk while hearing your own voice at a slight delay!
The Voice Jammer adds a slight delay to the your voice which causes many people to stutter and stumble over their words and ‘jam’ their voice.
This a project I decided to make after hearing about a megaphone shaped device that does the same thing. I found PureData, an audio synthesis API tool that helped me create a delay in audio recording playback which resulted in stuttered speech, and we’re not just talking speech replayed with a stutter, it literally makes you stutter, due to how our brains work somehow. I’m not sure why it works, but I do know the results are hilarious.
You can get the app here from Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dreigon.voicejammer&hl=en
I worked with Mackay Sugar – Mossman Central Mill to create a Management Information System (MIS), to keep track of Honeywell processor racks around their factory, and gather information on their usage as well as help engineers plan and install new racks and components. I worked on this project with Chiaki Sato, another JCU student.
The project used C# .NET Windows Forms, with Microsoft SQL Database Access.
As this project was for a client, I cannot release the source code here.
Play Zelda music and more on the Digital Ocarina Android App. Use your android device as a digital ocarina! Play musical notes by covering the “holes”.
This is my most proud achievement in Android app development. I wanted to create a app similar to Smule’s iOS ocarina app. Seeing as Smule is a bit reluctant to make android apps, (part of me hopes it stays that way, but it looks like that is changing) I seized this opportunity to create the ocarina that I wanted. It was the hardest app to create, and there was a long period where I was unable to get past basic sine wave generation to proper ocarina-like sound wave generation.
Unfortunately I was never able to work out how to create a realistic ocarina sound, so it turned out to be slightly varying sine waves. I discovered a tool later called PureData that allowed me to do audio generation much easier, but haven’t spent the time to integrate it into this app.
The app at the time of posting has reached 68,000 downloads, and made me a few dollars, which go toward buying steam games
Get Digital Ocarina for your android device here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dreigon.ocarina&hl=en