This post is the first in a series of 4 about attending the AppsWorld conference in London.
George Banfill, our Technical Director attended and had the following comments on the event.
As a company it is important to us to know what else is going on in the app development world. The best way we could think of doing this was to head to AppsWorld in London last week. Four of us attended and I have asked the guys to write up their thought on what they saw and learned.
The stand out event for me was the session entitled “Case Study: Helping the Lions Roar – Building a multi-platform app for the British and Irish Lions”. From reading the session notes, this looked interesting as it appeared that Sequence (the app development company that built the app and speaker) had come up with a very similar architecture to what we use in VentusAR. Namely they have an SQL Azure database, Azure Web role backend and Xamarin technology to minimize the amount of platform specific code that needs to be written. They have written a bit about their architecture on their website.
There were two striking differences between our architecture and theirs: first they use Umbraco as their content management system, second they use MVVMCross to reduce the code that needs to be written even further.
We have different requirements for our site in terms of content management features so we do not need anything with as many complicated features as Umbraco comes with out the box. However MVVMCross is certainly something we are investigating how it will fit in to our architecture.
However I feel that are architecture has been validated slightly by the fact that other people who (probably) have more traffic than we will end up with have made the app work using Azure and Xamarin software.
3D Technology: Scanning & Printing
One great surprise to me was that Microsoft had brought a 3D scanning “studio” with them to AppsWorld to show of some of their 3D scanning that they can do with the Microsoft Kinect. This resonated with me as we had come up with a very similar concept last year based on ReconstructMe, but had been frustrated by some missing features from the Kinect SDK at that time. I was pleased to see that the SDK has evolved and full colour scanning is now possible with the Kinect.
Below are the screenshots of the 3D model of my head and shoulders next to the 3D printed model.
3D scanning is possible using consumer hardware at the moment. Now all we need is for someone to integrate a Kinect 3D scanner into a phone or tablet so we can create a 3D scan on the move.