I just got burned hard by the Good Idea Fairy. I read about Google’s App Inventor and thought to myself “Now that looks worthwhile for a few weeks in Programming I”. I tinkered with the tutorials and got a good idea of how it works, built the samples and decided to give it a try. Opps. I got the kids started and let them run with the tutorials. Reading the tutorial is about the only thing that worked correctly. The first day was not a success but I figure we can work out the bugs as a group. Then the website disappeared. The tutorial site is still up but the app site is gone. Sometime the Good Idea Fairy is just not kind. I guess we are going to GameMaker for a while.
I am going to pick up a Kinect this weekend. I have wayyy too much time on my hands so I thought I would use some of that wasteful social time normally spent with wife and child trying to refresh my C# and write some code for that. We had a no-texting and driving assembly yesterday with a high-speed DJ. He had an electronic software controller device that looked like but simulated the old multiple turn tables that allowed him to control his music and videos. I casually mentioned that the device could probably be replaced with a Kinect and hand gestures. He wanted to know how much I wanted to build it for him. So I now have a robot project and a DJ project that are of interest. Time to dig up those Kinect/C# tutorials. Don’t you just love the Good Idea Fairy?