Established in 1992, Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) is a premier tertiary institution that offers quality education in Information Technology, Engineering, Design, Interactive & Digital Media, Chemical & Life Sciences, Business Management and Health Sciences. More specifically, the Centre for IT Innovation (CITI) within the institution, partners with the industry to develop cutting-edge projects. As part of their coursework, Nanyang Polytechnic’s students from the Mobile Inno Sphere Centre are fully immersed in the research and development of mobile computing initiatives, including mobile application development. To date, Nanyang Polytechnic’s students have published 41 applications on the Nokia Store, reaching more than two million downloads across multiple platforms.
One of the recent -developed apps, ShakePicPro provides consumers with a quick and innovative way to share images with friends just by shaking the phone. “We identified improvements that could be made to the current way smartphone owners share images today,” said Lecturer and lead designer Leow Zhen Zhen. “Conventional methods of image sharing between devices include using Bluetooth, email and MMS. These methods are often troublesome as they require devices to be paired or connected to an existing WiFi infrastructure.” The ShakePicPro application, on the other hand, is easy to use and compatible on Qt and Symbian phones.
ShakePicPro was chosen to be developed for Nokia because of the company’s substantial global consumer base, market potential and the helpful technical support they could call on during the application development process. Nokia offered developer support through various programs including Nokia Developer Launchpad, and Nokia Developer for Universities. Students were even able to access Nokia experts through technical discussion boards. After providing assistance in the early stages of app development, Nokia also helped the students achieve success in the Nokia Store with merchandising and marketing support to ensure their apps were exposed to a wider global audience. NYP student Nicholas Chan noted, “I am thankful to Nanyang Polytechnic and Nokia for the precious opportunity and the great guidance and support provided to me in many ways. I am glad that I can experience the entire application development process, from design, development, publishing and eventually marketing my own applications. I am proud to be able to showcase my work in the Nokia Store and get real consumer feedback and downloads from the huge consumer base worldwide.”
ShakePicPro, is a free application that has already garnered more than one million downloads on Symbian and Nokia N9 phones. The team is now looking to expand onto the Windows Phone platform to increase its reach globally.
This past December, Nokia and NYP collaborated in a Windows Phone development program where 30 students participated in a 2 day Windows Phone CodeCamp workshop with the intention to develop and publish 15 Windows Phone applications by mid-2012. Currently, there are 12 applications created by NYP students in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Among these applications, Mind Reader is an interesting application for children. It couples a unique feature with directional sensor capability on Windows Phone to create a fun game for consumers of all ages.
“Developing for the Windows Phone platform is a pleasant experience,” said Zhen Zhen, who is also a Nokia Developer Champion and Nokia Developer Certified Trainer in the Nokia Developer Consultancy Network “Microsoft Visual Studio is a great tool, because we find it’s familiar to most developers. We are able to train students and quickly gear them with the necessary competencies to turn their ideas into innovative mobile solutions.”
To learn more about ShakePicPro, visit: http://support.citi.edu.sg/shakepicpro.html