Saturday, June 20, 2015

Presenting neiatree

Mandatory Screenshot
neiatree is an asset tree processing tool for games of other multimedia applications. I made it after I counldn't find something similar that was simple to setup and use like I wanted, so why not scratch my own itch? By this naming convention following after neiasound I guess I'm starting a neiasomething library collection. neiaframeworks, perhaps? Hmm...  

So, about neiatree. It allows you to parse a directory tree into another, optionally processing the files into other files. Inspired by make, also keeps track of source file modification dates and updates only what has changed. So you can for example, compress textures and sounds for your game as a build step that runs automatically, before or after a build or a run. Want to use different compression settings for your tool? Not to worry, change the rules and clean your destination folder. If you did not change anything, the overhead in project build time is negligible. A tenth of a second or so.

It is easy to integrate it into your toolchain. The only build dependency is Qt 5.4. You can use an older version with simple tweaks.

Licensed under 2-clause BSD. Go check the GitHub repository!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Intel RealSense for Mobile Devices: Aftermath

Geting, Rauli, Me :)
It is hard to believe the project is over already, and I did not post anything about it apart from a passing mention when the KoneCranes App project was concluded. Perhaps it is because our great PM Cyndi took care of keeping a nice and steady blog about all of our activities, productive and social. Here it is.

I can't think of anything but praise for the team. We simply work great together, top to bottom, in a fashion I have only fleetingly experienced before. Even if the project turned out to be crap, at least we would have made some good friends. Alas, it turned out our project was in the top 4 shortlist, and we competed head-to-head for the win! Nope, we did not win. So close...

What we ended up with as deliverables was mainly documentation for ideas for future RealSense applications, and a proof of concept implementation of 3D camera usage for unique party experiences. Those are to be licensed to Intel, so meh, I can't post anything here ;)

If I had to distill a main project takeaway from a technical perspective, it would be that Intel is right on the money. The "future" mobile experiences will be defined by contextual computing, and quality of implementation matters. Specialized hardware with good software middleware is must for developers, given the sheer amount of heterogeneous solutions that need to come together to give a contextual computing architecture shape and protocols. This is a very exciting time for developers. Our camping knives are being sharpened for us, our tents will raise by themselves.

Let's explore! 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Projective Game Platform for Public Spaces

Hello everyone! :)

My second and final semester at the University of Tampere has just come to an end. I am very thankful for being invited to this great instituition. The ambiance and facilities are just as excellent as the staff and quality of teaching. This post is about my project for the Human-Technology Interaction Project course at the School of Information Sciences.

It is a proof-of-concept for a gaming platform that could be applied to public spaces, using multiple projection and the original Microsoft Kinect. Not terribly original, but functional, and quite fun! Check out footage from our user testing: (that means party at my room :D)

It depends on Qt 5.4, OpenAL (it embeds a version of neiasound), OpenNI2, and NiTE2. Code is available here, on GitHub.