Using Parse SDK with Unity – running on an Android Device

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If you are using Parse for your back-end server in a Unity app, and you want to deploy the app to Android, you may run into some issues with the built-in Parse plugin. Specifically (at least in my case with Unity 4.6 and Android KitKat) the Parse query object doesn’t ever return a result.

As a work-around I ended up going with a solution using Unity’s WWW class and the Parse REST API.

 

 

 


private IEnumerator GetParseDataForAndroid () {

	//new WWW object
	WWWForm form = new WWWForm();


	//set headers, not sure why but I had to set twice to get it to work
	Hashtable headers = form.headers.AddAuthorizationHeader("Your-Parse-Application-Id", "javascript-key=Your-Parse-REST-API-Key");

	headers.Add("X-Parse-Application-Id","Your-Parse-Application-Id");
	headers.Add("X-Parse-REST-API-Keyd","Your-Parse-REST-API-Key");

	WWW parseRequest = new WWW("https://Your-Parse-Application-Id:javascript-key=Your-Parse-REST-API-Key@api.parse.com/1/classes/yourObject", null, headers);


		//yield until request is done
		yield return parseRequest;


		//request is done, process results
		Debug.Log (" MergeVRBridge parse query eror result is " + parseRequest.error);


		//using simplejson
		var V = JSON.Parse (parseRequest.text);

		JSONArray results = V ["results"].AsArray;

		for (int i=0; i<results.Count; i++) {

			JSONClass jObject = results[i].AsObject;
			
			//do something interesting with results
			string sTitle = jObject["title"];
			Debug.Log(" yourObject " + sTitle);

			
			
		}




}


Using SourceTree on the Mac with github

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I’m using github for a large project with multiple developers – there have been a few wrinkles using the github mac client so we switched to SourceTree – a free github client. We’re using it to implement gitflow – I’ve been very happy with it so far – below is our process…

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Before you start a new feature

  • make sure you have the latest copy of the dev branch (do a fetch on remote, then pull if dev branch shows any changes)
  • use gitflow command ‘new feature’ and name it
  • make your changes to code
  • stage files, then commit and push all changes to your feature branch
  • before finishing feature (merging with development) – use fetch to check status of development branch,
    • if there have been commits by other members of the team since you downloaded the development branch you will need to merge those changes to your feature branch before finishing the feature
      • checkout the development branch, then pull it to get current
      • re-checkout your new feature branch
      • use gitflow ‘finish current’ (set to ‘delete branch’ and ‘force delete’)
      • merge conflict message, go to working copy, right click resolve conflicts – launch external merge tool, choose resolution, file save merge, quit merge tool (do not quit merge tool until you’re done with all merges
      • commit and push merge results
      • now push the new dev branch
    • if there are no merge issues then just push the new dev branch up to the remote origin
  • push develop changes up to remote (if not done already)
  • check github site to confirm your changes are present (just until you are comfortable with this process)

Thinking of You

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Just launched a fun app for Mason Software Company called Thinking of You – you can follow it on facebook as well.

The app uses the iOS contact list extensively to send ‘Thinking of You’ push and sms messages. Apple requires that you request permission from the user before you can access the address book, below is a code snippet showing how that is done…

 

 


#pragma mark -
#pragma mark Address Book Access

// Check the authorization status of our application for Address Book
-(void)checkAddressBookAccess
{
    switch (ABAddressBookGetAuthorizationStatus())
    {
            // Update our UI if the user has granted access to their Contacts
        case  kABAuthorizationStatusAuthorized:
            [self accessGrantedForAddressBook];
            break;
            // Prompt the user for access to Contacts if there is no definitive answer
        case  kABAuthorizationStatusNotDetermined :
            [self requestAddressBookAccess];
            break;
            // Display a message if the user has denied or restricted access to Contacts
        case  kABAuthorizationStatusDenied:
        case  kABAuthorizationStatusRestricted:
        {
            UIAlertView *alert = [[UIAlertView alloc] initWithTitle:@"Privacy Warning"
                                                            message:@"Permission was not granted for Contacts."
                                                           delegate:nil
                                                  cancelButtonTitle:@"OK"
                                                  otherButtonTitles:nil];
            [alert show];
        }
            break;
        default:
            break;
    }
}

// Prompt the user for access to their Address Book data
-(void)requestAddressBookAccess
{
    ViewController * __weak weakSelf = self;

    ABAddressBookRequestAccessWithCompletion(self.addressBook, ^(bool granted, CFErrorRef error)
                                             {
                                                 if (granted)
                                                 {

                                                     dispatch_async(dispatch_get_main_queue(), ^{
                                                         [weakSelf accessGrantedForAddressBook];

                                                     });
                                                 }
                                             });
}

// This method is called when the user has granted access to their address book data.
-(void)accessGrantedForAddressBook
{
    //do something interesting
}

Augmented Reality on iOS

Durovis Dive

I’ve been working on an AR (augmented reality) application for iOS and thought I would share some of the available software libraries and devices for iOS.

Hardware

Although an iPhone is not as ‘hands free’ as a dedicated AR device (Moverio, Vuzix, or the Meta SpaceGlasses) there are interesting hardware solutions to use your iPhone or Android smart phone as a AR client…

Durovis Dive

Durovis Dive

The Durovis Dive works with any Android or iOS smartphone featuring a gyroscope and an accelerometer and a display not larger than 5 inches. You just insert your smartphone, start the application and adjust the lenses to your eyes.

FOV2GO

FOV2GO

You can construct your own FOV2GO Model D Viewer – for the iPhone 4/4S, the Samsung Galaxy Note, or most Android smart phones – out of foam board and a couple of plastic lenses. Just download the instructions and the appropriate template.

Software

Source for my initial research and a great resource at Augmented Reality SDK Comparison

 

Open Source and/or Free

Argon
iOs – augmented reality from Georgi Tech – appears to be open source but I can’t find the code available for download – based on KHARMA – a KML/HTML Augmented Reality Mobile Architecture

iPhone ARKit
iOS – iPhone ARKit is a small set of class that can give you augmented reality in any iPhone application.

iPhone Augmented Reality Toolkit
This version of the iPhone ARKit is a forked version of the ARKit started on GitHub by Zac White.

mixare – Open Source Augmented Reality Engine
iOS & Android – It works as a completely autonomous application and is available as well for the development of own implementations.

PRAugmentedReality
open source – Augmented Reality Framework for iOS

Vuforia
(from Qualcomm)
iOS, Android, and Unity 3D
Very powerful tracker based AR SDK – free for commercial development

 

Proprietary and/or Paid

ARPA
iOS & Android

ARToolKit
iOS & Android – a very powerful Lib with a lot of work being done with it – has an open source version (but not on mobile devices)

Catchoom
iOS & Android

Metaio
iOS & Android (includes Junaio) – lots of products, including content creation and a cloud offering

Robocortex

String
Comes in vanilla OpenGL and Unity flavours. Add AR to any iOS project, regardless of 3D engine.

Wikitude
iOS, Android and BlackBerry 10 – both tools for client and creation – also has an AR browser app – very popular with a lot of dev shops using it

Xloudia
cloud based AR recognition and tracking

 

Roll your Own

Augmented Reality iOS Tutorial: Location Based

Augmented Reality iOS Tutorial: Marker Tracking

Results of Hackathon

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preparing for demos

This weekend I won 2nd place at the AppHack Austin with ShareMesh – an iOS based encrypted peer to peer messaging app that does not require an internet connection to operate. The app used the new iOS 7 features iBeacon and Multipeer Connectivity to handle discovery and communication between devices.

I had a great time and there were a lot of interesting projects and very talented people working on them (see a list at hackathon.io).

The Capital Factory facilities are world class and the folks from AngelHack and our sponsors were great hosts. Looking forward for the chance to go to the Spring 2014 HACKcelerator program in San Francisco.

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AngelHack Austin Fall 2013

I’m attending the AngelHack Mobile App Hackathon this weekend in Austin, TX.

It is hosted at Capital Factory – a start-up incubator with 50,000 square feet of amazing work space.

I get about 24 hours to turn an idea into an app, some of the ones I’m looking at are…

  • ghost net – an encrypted peer to peer communications layer that lets users exchange messages/pictures between smartphones without using the internet or any other means detectable by totalitarian governments (Egypt, or NSA)
  • Arduino Bridge – software to link an iPhone as a sensor platform the the DIY chips and maker projects that use the Adruino
  • iDead – live action zombie game based on location of your iPhone
  • Crowd video processing – upload pictures of an event from all participants – stitch together into single browse-able panoramic / 3d scene
  • video recognition – use open source video processing software to train your iPhone to recognize objects that walk past the camera (trigger an alert when ‘lady in red’ walks by)
  • iPhone/robotic integration -use sphero or romo to link with an iPhone and do interesting things (room mapping, object manipulation, etc) and/or games