Archive for June 2009
Climate Eye, our third iPhone app was approved and is now available in the iTunes appstore.
It provides daily climate averages and weather forecast information for more than 1300 major cities & locations throughout the world. All data is supplied by official government sources of each respective country.
A special feature which differentiates it from other weather applications is that it shows how unusually hot or unusually cold each city is (ie. how far their temperatures deviate from the climate average for the given day). Thus you can see at a glance which cities are enjoying (or suffering from) unusual weather conditions.
The app design, which I’m sure will impress many, is by Peter Fellows of Pollenizer – the same designer who was responsible for Oz Weather‘s fabulous look. Although he apparently didn’t set out with this intention, the design has turned out to be classic steampunk (what we might have seen if the information age had overlapped with the steam age), complete with mechanical sounds and animations as the app opens with the blink of a mechanical eye, and different views roll into place.
Want to know more about steampunk? You know you do! Here’s a great Youtube video on the topic.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. It used to be doctors, lawyers and clergymen. Now its our turn. Geeks FTW!
Source: The Australian Financial Review newspaper, May 30th, 2009.
I was contacted by Australia’s ABC TV late last week, as they were interested in compiling an article about iPhone development for their Midday Report news and current affairs show.
As usual, the initial focus was very much on how lucrative app development could be, especially for independent developers. Thankfully, though the article turned out to be quite balanced, and also featured Keith Ahern of MoGeneration Pty Ltd, who started up a now-thriving mobile development business, centered around iPhone apps.
Of course the interviews always end up as a compilation of brief sound bites from much lengthier interviews, but I thought they did a good job of weaving it all together. Well done ABC!
Special bonus to anyone who can name all the members of the Pollenizer crew who appear to be working very, very hard despite the TV lights and cameras, at around the 1m07s mark.