Silicon Beach Drinks
Sydney Mobile Dev Meetup Group
@ Ambition, level 5, 55 Clarence Street, Sydney
This past July I was invited to attend a great event hosted by Vivant – The State of Social Media in Australia (youtube vid here). I had a great time and met some interesting people, but after the event, I noticed that people were exchanging contact information in various ways, none of which seemed adequate in this smartphone era. So I decided to build a simple to use application that could help people exchange contact information. It had to be simple and quick. This is where the idea of Clowdee came. This iPhone app uses location services to spot who’s around you and allows you to share your contact info to who you with a single tap. Similarly to what you would do with a business card, Clowdee allows you to choose who you send your info to. It’s as simple as that. Give it a try, get it on the app store.
Lately I’ve been doing quite a bit of mobile app dev that integrates advanced speech recognition. Everyone has heard of Siri and the likes, but not everyone is yet familiar with the integration of speech recognition within custom mobile apps. Doing so allows you to build advanced features that generic dictation just doesn’t provide. Here’s a short demo of how mobile shopping could be improved using speech. This demo application uses the GotYa API – an experimental natural language understanding web service i’ve been recently working on outside of work – to provide the interpretation of complex speech queries in a structure suitable for integration in mobile apps.