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2 May 2011 - 16:18£5 App #24 write-up

We had our 24th £5 App event a few weeks back (follow @fivepoundapp for announces). The event was titled “Spring” so we could see what people had been building recently.

First up was Jayanth (@jaykannan) from Sussex University with DorkSynth – a Kinect powered theramin-like synth tool. The video (sorry for the 90 degree twist!) shows it in action:

Jay also has a video for his second Kinect project (for Microsoft) – a Kinect-powered quiz tool:

Next up was Erik Erskine who spoke about the Brighton Marathon iPhone app. They were commissioned to write the app to help well-wishers keep up to date with news (powered by RFID tags) on the progress of the runners:

After this Prem (@premasagar) of Dharmafly spoke on a webapp that helps organisations visualise the change that takes place in skill levels and connectedness during educational programmes:

Finally Chriss Ross (@darkrock) spoke on Tap to Chat, an iPhone Facebook chat app that has become something of a financial success from humble week-long-hack beginnings:

Thanks as always to Jon at The Skiff for hosting us (go sign-up if you need a lovely co-working space).


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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