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Puppy Paws for iOS

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App-IconPuppy Paws for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch is due to be released shortly for iOS 7. As the sole iOS developer on this project, developing Puppy Paws allowed me to learn a great deal of new techniques and encompasses technologies like Core Data, Camera & Video capture, Image processing, Data input, Core Location, AVFoundation, Local Notifications, Calendar integration, In-App Purchases, and much more…

“Finding a puppy can be quite a task, add to that all of the preparation that is needed to be ready, and that’s before the real work begins once you and your new puppy are at home together. Puppy Paws allows you to compare puppies you’re interested in, prepare for the home coming day so both you and your new puppy get off to the best start, and helps to educate about the use of puppy farms and traders with an aim to help eradicate this awful practise whilst promoting better dog breeding in general.”

iPad-Promo-3The App will launch later this month, follow the source link below to be notified when the App goes live. It was a great project to work on alongside friends and colleagues, you can find out more about the App and the team behind it at the Puppy Paws Website.

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Pivo featured in Daily Mail

Dos cervezas, por favor! World’s first beer-ordering app translates ‘beer’ into 59 different languages

  • App includes traditional holiday destination languages, but also includes Tagalog from the Phillipines, the Ghanain dialect Twi, Zulu and Yiddish
  • Includes video to ensure users learn the correct pronunciation
  • ‘Beer’ is probably the most useful foreign word to know after ‘hello’, claim the app’s makers

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2344354/Worlds-beer-ordering-app-translates-beer-59-different-languages.html#ixzz2Wx6umBW8

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Pivo for iOS

Are you heading off to travel the world? Visiting a new country? Or have you just booked a holiday? Before you pack your suitcase you need to download this app. Pivo teaches you how to order a beer in 59 different languages; each with the correct spelling, phonetic pronunciations and supporting videos from native speakers to help you along the way.

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We landed in Prague and headed straight to the nearest bar. After catching the attention of the barmaid, we realised neither of us knew how to order a beer in Czech! We Googled it, nothing, we asked Jeeves and even he didn’t know! So we thought there must be an app for that but there wasn’t…Pivo was born.

You don’t need WiFi to play the videos that support the 59 different languages, once you have downloaded the app you can view it wherever you are in the world. Choose your language, watch the video and order your beer!

Pivo is available on the App Store Today

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Degree Results…

Hello All,

Just a very quick post, I am delighted to announce that i have graduated from Bournemouth University with a 1st Class BSc (Hons) Degree in Music and Audio Technology. My CV has been updated appropriately, and you can find my CV here. Additionally, I was presented with the ‘Student of The Course’ certificate for the three years of study. Additionally, Media interest had picked up on the Twinthesis Project, and it has been featured by The Telegraph, and various local BBC Radio Stations, A feature has also been produced for BBC Radio 4′s Today programme and will be broadcast soon.

As always, i’d like to thank you for visiting my site, and i hope you enjoy some of the interesting and innovative projects you’ll find me working on. I am now actively looking for employment within the audio, software programming, social media, or education sector. So please download my CV here.

Sam

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Welcome, from FODI 2011…

[caption id="attachment_214" align="alignright" width="225"] iResponse at FODI 2011, Bournemouth University[/caption]

If you’re reading this, I’m assuming you’ve been directed here either by me, or by scanning my QR code at the Festival of Design and Innovation. In either case, Welcome. I’m glad you’d like to know a bit more about me, and the projects i’m working on. Feel free to browse the site, you can find my CV (I’m currently looking for employment!) and examples of my previous work, etc.

The project I’ve been exhibiting at FODI 2011 is the ‘iResponse’ iPhone application, more release information is available here. Once FODI is complete, I will be uploading the promotional materials and examples demoed at the show for you to download and experiment with. Currently the application is still in development, but release is scheduled towards the end of this year (2011.)

Another project I’ve been working on, and has become quite popular in the media recently is ‘Twinthesis’. This is a synthesiser which is powered entirely by data from Twitter in real-time. The synthesiser takes data from the 20 most recent tweets at any different time, and maps each character of a tweet to various tones, hums, and bleeps to create a unique sonification of that tweet. The synthesiser is built within the Max/MSP architecture and is available to download here.

That’s all for now, I hope you enjoy the site. Please feel free to contact me, either by email, twitter (@Sammio2) or using the built in form here. This site will be regularly updated with progress on my work and various project ideas that I am starting and hoping to work on after graduation.

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Engadget Features Twinthesis

Twinthesis has been featured by the German section of Engadget, very exciting: http://de.engadget.com/2011/03/16/twinthesis-aus-tweets-wird-musik-video/

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The Next Web features Twinthesis

Twinthesis has been featured on The Next Web, take a look: http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2011/03/21/twinthesis-mac-app-explores-the-sounds-of-twitter/

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Synthtopia features Twinthesis

Twinthesis has been featured on Synthtopia, take a look here: http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2011/03/15/twinthesis/

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Press Release from Bournemouth University

UPDATE: Official Bournemouth Uni Website Updated: http://bit.ly/kp0ODy

Further Information: Charles Elder, Press & PR Manager

(tel): 01202 961032   email: press@bournemouth.ac.uk

17 June 2011

 

How does your room ‘sound’? New app can help!

The creator of the ‘Twinthesiser’ – the unique web-based software which turns posts made on Twitter into real sounds – will present his latest project as part of the 2011 Festival of Design and Innovation at Bournemouth University.

Sam Harman, who is just completing his BSc (Hons) in Music and Audio Technology, will demonstrate his new iPhone application as part of the Festival which opens for a private view on Thursday, 23 June before opening to the general public on Friday, 24 June.

Sam’s iPhone Impulse Response Application is designed to capture the acoustical characteristics of a room, (otherwise known as an impulse response) which can then be duplicated through a computer. “It’s really designed for musicians, audio technicians or acousticians but the application makes it easy for anyone to use,” Sam enthuses. “Previously it’s required a lot of microphones, cables, laptops, etc but now you can just do it all on your iPhone and then plug-in to your computer and use the data collected by the application to make any audio on your computer sound like it was being performed or recorded within the room or environment that you’ve captured.”

Earlier this year, Sam introduced the world to his ‘Twinthesiser’ which he designed to “explore the ‘sound’ of twitter, in an attempt to sonify the human randomness being generated on the service.”

Through the ‘Twinthesis’ software, Sam has assigned each character its own distinctive tone. The software then accesses a Twitter feed every 30 seconds or so, selecting the top 20 tweets at random and repeats it to produce a kind of rhythm or ‘symphony’ of high pitched bleeps and deeper humming sounds.

“The Twinthesisier can then go through the tweets a character at a time to produce a sort of melody,” says Sam. “In time I hope we could get to the stage where it could pull data off Twitter at more than 100 times every second and this would produce a sort of global symphony.”

“Theoretically the application could be configured to draw data from Facebook or Twitter or from any other source of random data,” Sam continues. “You could also apply the engine to groups of people so you could take the tweets from one country and compare them with the sound of tweets from another country.

“It could become a sort of worldwide controllable instrument, which I think is really cool,” Sam concludes. “There are limitless things you can do.”

“Sam’s work on Twinthesis along with the audio application he developed for the iPhone is a perfect example of the brilliant work that our students in Music and Audio Technology are able to deliver,” says Dr Alain Renaud (title). “His work, along with other students, blends creativity and complex technologies, to ultimately deliver products that have a commercial potential in the field of Creative Technologies.”

BU’s BSc (Hons) in Music and Audio Technology gives students an opportunity to apply electronic and computer technologies to create contemporary music and audio. Students from the degree will join other emerging designers and innovators from BU’s School of Design, Engineering & Computing to display and demonstrate their creations at the 2011 Festival of Design & Innovation.

Open free to the general public from Friday, 24 June to Monday, 27 June on the University’s Talbot Campus, the 19th annual Festival – sponsored by B&Q, the UK’s leading home improvement retailer – will showcase over 170 designs and prototypes created by talented final year students completing undergraduate degrees in Product Design, Industrial Design, Design Engineering, Fashion & Textiles

(from BU’s partner institution, Wiltshire College, Salisbury), Interior Design, Computer Aided Product Design, Sustainable Graphics & Packaging (from BU’s partner institution, University College Yeovil) and Music and Audio Technology.

Further information on the 2011 Festival of Design and Innovation at BU – including opening times, exhibits and travel directions – are available on the Festival website: www.festival.bournemouth.ac.uk

 

Further information about the Twinthesis programme can be found at Sam Harman’s website – http://samharman.com/2011/03/twinthesis-twitter-powered-synthesis/

 

To hear the Twinthesiser ‘in action, please visit – http://soundcloud.com/theharmonizer/twinthesis

 

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