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11 December 2008 - 14:24£5 App Xmas Special Write-Up

We had a lovely night!  50 or so enlightened souls joined us at The Werks in Hove for Aleks and Barry‘s talk on the development and launch of SpaceShip! followed by 4 excellent gamesy-themed 10 minute demos.

As Richard says:

“I mean, how does this sound: I turn up at The Werks, icy cold, to be handed a lovely hot mulled wine by the Ribots, directed towards the mince pies, and then entertained with a range of funky technology stuff. Mmm.”

See additional write-ups by Ribot, Mark – thanks chaps.  Short write-up by Emily at robochick.  Longer write-up by Richard at lastminute labs.

For the first hour (video, slides) Aleks talked about the inspiration and development of SpaceShip!, a text-only adventure set in the mold of Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy and other Infocom adventure games.  Barry then picked up with a look at the Inform programming language behind the game.

We then had 4 great demos (sadly our 5th, Dom with the iPhone game, couldn’t attend due to illness):

  1. Eye-controlled Pong by Ben Rubinstein (CogApp) (video – thanks Ribot)
  2. Fighting Mini-sumo robots by Emily (video)
  3. Lightsaber mobile phone duelling by Richard and Russ (Lastminute.com Labs) (video)
  4. Flash 3D Snow and Xmas games by Seb (PluginMedia) (video)

Ben led the way with a fun look at eye-controlled Pong.  Emily followed with line-following and fighting mini-sumo bots.  Russ and Richard did a great two-part demo showing Nokia N95’s with Python controlling 2-player (across 2 phones) Pong and lightsaber-fighting using accelerometers and bluetooth.

Seb finished with some super-neato demos of particle physics, webcams and augmented reality (see a demo here).

The wonderful Ribots sponsored the night, they provided piping-hot mulled wine, mince pies and beer.  John brought some extra beer (which, um, we finished about midnight) and ginger cake, everyone got a taste.  We also had some announces about The Werks and Ribot’s new office (see video – thanks Ribot).

I was very happy to see some ex-MSc students and Inman Harvey (Sussex Uni’s MSc supervisor for the EasyMSc) – I’m keen to forge more links with my old Uni to get more students involved with local companies and perhaps start some collaborative projects in motion.

John finished by announcing the 5k Competition (rules: still evolving – talk to John or post in the google group), pencilled in for some time next year.  Contact John for more details.

For past events see fivepoundapp.com.  Join our low-volume google group to discuss what you saw, put up new ideas and follow new announces.  See all photos under the £5 App tag at flickr.


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in ModelInsight, sign-up for Data Science tutorials in London. Historically Ian ran Mor Consulting. He also founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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