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Android development tricks

This is a summay of the tricks I have learned making an application called courseApp project.  This application was developed in the Mobile Information Systems that I took at University of Oslo. Eclipse is a very good tool to use for Android development. To start with you need to download Andriod SDK. After installing both of these(and ofcourse Java Development Kit, JDK which is a pre-requirement for both of these), you need to make Eclipse and Android SDK talk together. This is done by a plugin called “ADT plugin for Eclipse” from Google. You can read more about how to install this plugin by clicking hereIn case of Android SDK installation(the exe file) doesn’t recognize JDK on your computer, you can simply download the zip file and extract it. Don’t forget appending that folder to the %PATH% environment variable. Now some more tips follows :

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Ignite Oslo, Rapid Prototyping

On Thursday I hold one of the most difficult presentations of my life. I was representing Robotica Osloensis, a student community which I am deputy chairman of, at Ignite Oslo. I talked about Rapid Prototyping which we use as our main method at Robotica in our projects. Ignite is a style of presentation where participants are given five minutes to speak on a subject accompanied by 20 slides. Each slide is displayed for 15 seconds, and slides are automatically advanced. The Ignite format is similar to Pecha Kucha, which features 20 slides displayed for 20 seconds each.

The Ignite Oslo was a very nice event. They had 5 minutes presentations about different topics which were very interesting. Presentations about art, film making, music composition with applications on iPad, 3D printing, air balloons and fashion, etc. It was pretty stressful when it came to my turn. The whole idea of 15 seconds intervals and having a lot to say about a subject that actually belongs to the nerd world made me very nervous. Thanks to my friends Magnus Lange and Ole Jacob, who helped me both about the content and preparing in advance for the presentation, I was well prepared. Also I should thank my friends who came there to support me when I was actually holding the presentation. My presentation can be downloaded by clicking here.

courseApp

This is a school project for a course(INF5261 – Development of mobile information systems and services) I take at department of Informatics at University of Oslo. courseApp is an android mobile application which allows the users(students at University of Oslo) to add their courses to this application and respectivley receive the latest updates about the course on their cellphone. We also are thinking about integerating the time & place of the courses with the students android calender. We have plans for further development of this application but this is all dependent on if we can get access to the database in StudentWeb. If we do so we would be able to let students add courses to navigate through the courses and join the course by just one touch click …

We have thought to have following functionalities on our program(numbers show also priority).

  1. My courses
  2. Latest messages on course page
  3. Warning on Email
  4. Integration with Android Calender
  5. Friends taking same course

read more about our project at Our Wonder Document.

People innvolved :

  • Akbar(Shahab) Faghihi Mughaddam – shahabfm( at )usit.uio.no
  • Shahab Bakhtiyari Saravan – shahabb( at )ifi.uio.no
  • Ummair Tahir - ummairt( at )ifi.uio.no
  • Piraba Kaugathasan - pirabak( at )ifi.uio.no

Super Crawler entering the design phase

As the programming phase is almost finished, we have entered the design phase. We are working on our 3D design and plan to buy tracking belts and sprocket wheels. At the same time we are discussing the sponsorship of the project with RobotShop.com & hope we receive a positive answer from them. You can read full reports on our activities & have full access to our codes and designs on Super Crawler worklog at Robotica Osloensis forum or the project weblog.

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Super Crawler back on track …

As the one in projects manager in Robotica Osloensis student robotic community, I am leading the summer project 2010 called Super Crawler. After planning and team building for the summer projects, my team members & I have made a very good progress up to now & we are working with full speed. The programming of the micro-controllers & the navigation program in Java has finished.  Right now Design team isworking on design & we are searching for the right design and materials for our super crawler. We should soon start video-streaming part as well and then we are finished with the first phase of super crawler :-)

Super Crawler weblog : http://supercrawler.blogspot.com/
Super Crawler worklog : http://robotica.ifi.uio.no/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=5

Subprojects in Super Crawler :

  • Design / Redesign : Magnus, Shahab F., Andrei
  • Micro-controller Programming : Puya, Jonas, Ole Marius, Shahab F., Magnus
  • Navigation Program : Shahab F., Jonas, Shahab B.
  • Video Streaming : Jonas, Ole Marius, Shahab F.

Design -> SolidWorks
Micro-Controller -> Arduino boards
Video Streaming -> Not Decided
Navigation(Control) program -> Java

UiOToolbar project …

UiOToolbar is a mini project of mine and is developed to be used by few users at my work. This toolbar is a Firefox toolbar and is developed by Javascript codes. You can download the file by clicking here.

UiOToolbar

UiOToolbar 0.1

The toolbar has number of buttons which makes daily surfing easier for staffs at university of Oslo. The buttons would give the user the power to search directly from the toolbar in universities(UiO) database. User can also search both Google and Google images database directly from the toolbar.

UiOToolbar

UiOToolbar

I should mention that this is not an official University of Oslo pakcage and it was just developed locally by me to help some of my colleagues.

Earth Hour 2009

Earth Hour project took place on 28th of March all around the world in 375 cities and 1,000,000,000 people took part in it. On this day people turned off their lights for one hour at 20:30 their own local time to show politicians how much they do care about being Green. On 28th I voted for earth as many others did all around the earth. It’s beautiful that despite our differences how much we care about our old cradle, Earth…

Philosophy Project, Spring 2009

This is my philosophy project about Descartes meditations and how it effected our world and meditation afterwards. The post comes in a post afterwards and you can also download the ZIP file by clicking here. The essay discusses the way Descartes new fundemental unit(I think, therefore I exist) changed our point of view and guided humanity to individualism.