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Introduction

App  Name:- Klubd

Platform Targeted: All in One =Entertainment

Programming approach: I will be using VS 2012 to develop the app the programming language will be a mix of C#,JavaScript, JSON, and HTML  form based application.

Overview of the Application 

As more and more people try to get things at one place this app is meant for those people will be able to get information at one go. The AIO is quite a flexible and large device to pour in lot of information at one time. This app will take advantage of the Aura interface with lot of engaging applications clubbed together and hence the name "Klubd".

Features supported

  • Multitouch sensors
  • Multi user interaction support
  • Social network connectivity: Facebook, Twitter  etc.
  • Skype Integration 

Entertainment:

  • Movies
  • Giving a taste of Augmented Reality through images

How it works?

As I am using Ocutag API it gives some stunning built in algorithms to detect the images you take from the 720p Camera of the AIO and give you the desired result. The images are preloaded at the Ocutag database  and fetches the result from there. You can get in any information from the database if present. I will be updating the database with more and more images. It gives better results for visual Search. Imagine just a snap will give all the information for a movie star cast ,closest theatre  around.

It will have

Movies Info(Stars, video Links etc)  powered by the Ocutag API it will also provide Hollywood

Premier Links of the movie only with a click of the webcam and it matches the string  available at Ocutag Database.

Formula 1

Powered by the Ocutag API it will also provide happening moments  of the Formula1 races across   the world only with a click of the webcam and it matches the string  available at Ocutag database and retrieves the result if available

Social Sharing Activity

Facebook, Twitter, Skype support given.

Ocutag API is easy to integrate  with Windows 8 Desktop app.

I am considering integrating information of latest party places at  weekend ,Places of interest, World wide events.

Weather Forecast

I will be using World Weather API to show the weather forecast of the world it will be a part of an app. I have already registered for the API key

LINK: http://www.worldweatheronline.com/free-weather-feed.aspx

Daily Weather forecast of any place you want to.

Accelerometer and Gyroscope will be enabled for scenarios where there is extreme weather condition approaching and  will prompt you save the work and shutdown the AIO

Seismic Earthquake Activity

To keep yourself on your toes you get the latest earthquake scenarios of the world where it happened. I will be trying to give ALS effect if an earthquake happened nearby with popup showing the

GPS location

Link for the API: http://www.seismi.org/api/

The result refreshes every hour.

Endangered Species

Here you get the information about the endangered species in our planet. To  give you information about the latest information about  them. You can share your concern by giving the information to your friends colleagues and ask not to harm them.

Link for the API

https://www.arkive.org/api/docs/v1/showcase

I will be integrating this with Ocutag API and well connected to social networks.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Skype  and others to be integrated Later on

Here is a strong case to Bind this phase of an app at Windows Azure( I would be able to test the 50$ usage of the Windows Azure with it).

The Go green way

I will be integrating the World  Bank DATA API to give accurate information  of the world regarding the  carbon footprint of every country .This will provide you with factors that are contributing to Climate Change. Information also provided will be

  • Global Warming
  • loss of natural Resources
  • food Insecurity
  • Loss of Biodiversity
  • Some striking information about Deforestation provided by World Bank Climate Data API

20% of the global CO2 emission is caused by deforestation. Trees cool the atmosphere and store green house gases. Flooding and soil erosion is caused by deforestation. 1.6 billion people live in poverty depend on forest for their food, fuel and livelihood. Billions of pollinator bees have lost their habitat.Giving this information to near and dear ones will be very helpful in our path for greener tomorrow.

World Bank Climate Data API

http://data.worldbank.org/developers/climate-data-api

I have already used it in Windows Azure Challenge so it will be easy to integrate it with Windows 8 desktop app.

Battery Monitor

This part of the app will show the battery usage of the AIO device and at 10% it will prompt you to save your work and recharge immediately. I have already integrated it with previous app.

Integration of  Intel Energy checker SDK

The Intel® Energy Checker SDK Release 2.0 makes it easier than ever to measure energy consumption, instrument applications to determine how much useful work a system does, and to report energy efficiency metrics

http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/intel-energy-checker-sdk/

Possible WiDi Integration

Now the Canvas

A little work with creative coding. I will be providing kids to experiment with the canvas through touch and design their Imagination. Fun with alphabets to learn in an innovative manner.

A sketch Tool powered by processing JS Will be used. Multitouch Support.

The image below shows the whole concept idea

 

Approach Taken for Development and Description of intended uses of the app

I will be using VS 2012 as tool coding language will be c#,JavaScript,HTML,JSON,Processing JS and the whole application will be a form based application. A brief description of each Platform and how I will integrate it with code snippets and figures given below.

What is Ocutag Platform?

Say goodbye to QR codes and barcodes. Now your Desktop apps can recognize images directly, triggering digital experiences that you design. The Ocutag platform allows you to integrate patented Ricoh Visual Search technology into your Desktop app through APIs. The web-based authoring tool lets you create engaging digital experiences for your users. Static images in the physical world, including posters, magazines, catalogs, product packaging, billboards, and photographs, can connect your users to your dynamic digital content.

How Ocutag Service works.

When you add Ocutag to your app, your users engage by simply snapping real-world images with their mobile devices. The Ocutag server then looks for a match among the images posted in your collection. When a match is found, the digital experiences you’ve specified—video, audio, websites, social media, e-commerce channels and more—are served on the Desktops

Step by step example

1) After Signing in,Click on 'create' to  create a new collection.Input  a name  

 

2) A collection essentially is a database where you store images.

Select upload and click on add images to upload images

 

 

3)Images must be 400 * 400  pixels in size for effective recognition.

Ensure that Enable upon upload button is selected  so that the images are enabled. Once images are enabled they are ready to be associated with digital content. Select the image and click on edit 

4)Links can be simple urls or custom defined. Using region hotspots different pieces of content to different regions of a single image. You can create as many regions in a image you like to

 

5) The link is delivered when a user snaps just the region that is already defined as a region hotspot.

Code Snippet:-

Integrating Ocutag Web Service APIs. COLLECTION can be the name of the collection that you created on the portal, or it can be any one from the output of the getCollections API

//
public static string HOST = "api.ocutag.com";
public static string DEV_ID = "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa";
public static string DEV_SECRET = "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa";
public static string APP_ID = "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa";
public static string APP_SECRET = "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa";
//

Get Collection API Call

//
(void) getCollectionList {

    private void GetCollections ()
    {
    try
    {
    OcutagAPI ocutagApi = new OcutagAPI(HOST, DEV_ID, DEV_SECRET, APP_ID, APP_SECRET);
    ocutagApi.CompletionHandler += OcutagGetCollections_Completed;
    ocutagApi.getCollections();
    }
    catch (Exception ex)
    {
    MessageBox.Show(ex.Message);
    }

    }

    private void OcutagGetCollections_Completed(object sender, OcutagResponse e)
    {

    this.Dispatcher.BeginInvoke(delegate()
    {
    if (e.exception == null)
    {
    string result = System.Text.Encoding.UTF8.GetString(e.responseData, 0, e.responseData.Length);
    MessageBox.Show(result);
    }
    else if (e.exception is WebException)
    MessageBox.Show("Error Code : " + e.statusCode);
    else
    MessageBox.Show("Some error occured : " + e.exception.Message);
    });
    }
//

How Ocutag will be fetching results to AIO is depicted below

 

What is Weather Forecast API?

Free Local Weather REST API method allows developers and programmers to access current weather conditions and next 5 days of accurate and reliable weather forecast. Implement our weather forecast in your website, iPhone / smartphones or CMS by programming in a language of your choice like C#, VB, C++, JAVA or PHP.

The Local Weather API returns weather data in XML, JSON and CSV format and contains weather elements like temperature, precipitation (rainfall), weather description, weather icon and wind speed.

HTTP Methods

The free local weather API supports GET 

URL

//
//
http://api.worldweatheronline.com/free/v1/tz.ashx?key=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx&q=98115&format=json
//

Response

Responses can be in XML, JSON (JSONP supported) or CSV (Comma-separated values)

EARTHQUAKE ACTIVITY

SEISMI

Seismi is an earthquake data visualization project which is using publicly available data provided by USGS and transforming it to a more informative, human readable and visually interesting form.

REST API

It provides REST API with JSON output for earthquake data that is present in Seismi.

Example query:

//
//
http://www.seismi.org/api/eqs/2012/03?min_magnitude=6
//

This returns most recent earthquakes that are bigger than 6 and that happened in March 2012.

ENDANGERED SPECIES

What is an  ARKive API?

Would you like to use ARKive’s awe-inspiring images and species facts on your website or blog? Now you can enhance your website with ARKive content by easily embedding it in your site via the ARKive API.

The ARKive API (Application Programming Interface) offers a range of methods to retrieve certain ARKive data, helping users automate link creation to our species information and multimedia content

All access to the API is by HTTP request according to the following format:

//
http://www.arkive.org/api/{your API key}/{method name}/{required parameters}?{optional parameters}

World Bank Climate API

What is World Bank Climate API?

The Climate Data API provides programmatic access to most of the climate data used on the World Bank’s Climate Change Knowledge Portal. Web developers can use this API to access the knowledge portal’s data in real time to support their own applications, so long as they abide by the World Bank’s Terms of Use.

Intel® Energy Checker SDK

Software can be green. The critical impact of software on overall system efficiency is frequently overlooked by those focusing on hardware-specific system features. The Intel® Energy Checker SDK provides a way to measure how "green" a system is by measuring the amount of productivity done by a system vs. the energy consumption of that system. Now with a host of new features for 2011, the Intel® Energy Checker SDK Release 2.0 makes it easier than ever to measure energy consumption, instrument applications to determine how much useful work a system does, and to report energy efficiency metrics.

Measuring power consumption is one key part of determining energy efficiency, but power consumption alone doesn't tell the whole story. A low power system that gets little real work done may be less efficient than a higher-power system that performs a lot of work for the energy it consumes. There is no "one size fits all" metric that captures the actual work done by every type of system, since workloads vary so dramatically from application to application. The industry needs clear metrics to correlate business productivity with the amount of energy consumed, and the Intel® Energy Checker SDK provides software engineers with the tools to instrument their applications and systems to measure and track their system-specific energy efficiency

New release 2.0 features

  • Support for systems without file systems (such as embedded or mobile devices) and for MeeGo*
  • Support for additional power meters, including Watts-Up* PRO, Kill-a-Watt*, ZES Zimmer* LMG450/LMG500/LMG95, and certain APC* Power Distribution Units
  • Support for multi-channel digital acquisition (DAQ) devices, including the Yokogawa* MW100 DAQ
  • Support for Objective-C*, raw TCP, and serial-over-USB interfaces
  • Enhanced high-performance computing and cluster support via Ganglia* integration and a Cluster Energy Efficiency tool
  • Dynamic web updates via HTML5 support from the PL GUI Monitor tool
  • Energy tool to measure the energy consumption of a given task (similar to the Linux* "time" command), and more. 

What is Intel Energy Checker SDK?

This Software Development Kit(SDK) enables Independent Software Vendors(ISV) to facilitate the analysis of an application's energy efficiency. The SDK provides a simple API and the tools required to define, measure and share efficiency data.ISvs can instrument their application's source code to export and import counters in a standard way. Although the initial intent of this SDK is to facilitate energy efficiency analysis and optimizations, it can be used to expose any counter meaningful to the ISV and its customers.

The Canvas

About Processing js

Processing.js is the sister project of the popular Processing visual programming language, designed for the web. Processing.js makes your data visualizations, digital art, interactive animations, educational graphs, video games, etc. work using web standards and without any plug-ins. You write code using the Processing language, include it in your web page, and Processing.js does the rest. It's not magic, but almost.

Using it with Windows 8 desktop app

The tool to build the app will be VS 2012

Code Snippet

//
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using Windows.Foundation;
using Windows.Foundation.Collections;
using Windows.Storage;
using Windows.Storage.Streams;
using System.IO;
using Windows.UI.Xaml.Controls;

namespace Processing
{
    public partial class Form1 : Form
    {
        bool _isForm1load = false;
        bool _isJavascriptReady = false;
        public Form1()
        {
            
            InitializeComponent();
        }

        private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            bool _isForm1load = true;
            ValidateAndLoadSketch();
        }

        private void JSListener(object sender, NotifyEventArgs e)
        {
            _isJavascriptReady = true;

            ValidateAndLoadSketch();
        }

        private async void ValidateAndLoadSketch()
        {
            if (!_isJavascriptReady || !_isForm1load)
                return;

            var file = await StorageFile.GetFileFromApplicationUriAsync(
              new Uri("ms-appx:///sketch.pde", UriKind.RelativeOrAbsolute));
            var processingJsFile = "";
            using (var fs = await file.OpenReadAsync())
            {
                using (var inStream = fs.GetInputStreamAt(0))
                {
                    using (var dataReader = new DataReader(inStream))
                    {
                        await dataReader.LoadAsync((uint)fs.Size);
                        processingJsFile = dataReader.ReadString((uint)fs.Size);
                        dataReader.DetachStream();
                    }
                }
            }

           // if (processingJsFile != "")
                //Form.FromHandle("loadSketch", new[] { processingJsFile });
        }
    }
}
//

 Still facing some issues with the code will resolve it as soon possible

History

Article updated. Most ambitious project V1.

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About the Author

Abhishek Nandy
Software Developer
India India
I am into software Development for less than a year and i have participated in 2 contests here at Codeproject:-Intel App Innovation Contest 2012 and Windows Azure Developer Challenge and been finalist at App Innovation contest App Submission award winner as well won two spot prizes for Azure Developer Challenge.I am also a finalist at Intel Perceptual Challenge Stage 2 with 6 entries nominated.I also won 2nd prize for Ultrabook article contest from CodeProject
Link:-
http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/523105/Ultrabook-Development-My-Way
 
Microsoft MVA Fast Track Challenge Global Winner.
Ocutag App Challenge 2013 Finalist.
 
My work at Intel AppUp Store:-
 
UltraSensors:-
http://www.appup.com/app-details/ultrasensors
UltraKnowHow:-
http://www.appup.com/app-details/ultraknowhow
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