Each year the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, the TUM (Technische Universität
München) and the University of Stuttgart do a two week long summer course
called “Ferienakademie” (summer
academy) in Sarntal,
Over those two weeks students give presentations (usually of technical or
scientific nature), build all kinds of prototypes and generally do a fair
amount of hiking. When Julia and I attended the Ferienakademie in 2014, we
worked on an Android App called nEVERrEST (unfortunately we didn’t get around
to publish the app since most time went into discussing and designing the
concepts behind in), which tries to motivate people to do sports by letting
them work on challenges in groups (think gamification combined with Sports).
Example challenges included climbing the Mount Everest (hence the title) by
combining the differences in altitude people conquered during their regular
climbing exercises. Alone this would take quite a while (8,848 m in total!) but
if multiple people work on it together it becomes manageable.
Since we have never stopped believing in the concept behind nEVERrEST and
because there really isn’t any application quite like that, we decided to
KeepOn is a small demo which showcases how combining challenges with sports
could look like. Since one month just wasn’t enough, especially because July is
typically full of exams and university project deadlines, KeepOn is more of a
prototype with singleplayer support only at the moment. Nevertheless it
supports basic recording of running sessions, attaching those sessions to
challenges and tracking the progress of various challenges.
If this has made you curious check out the app on the
and take a look at some of the screenshots below. We also love
feedback, be it on the app design or on the
concept itself, comments are always welcome.
###O Brother, where art thou?
Some days ago we’ve released our June’s app, which is a handy tool for your everyday life at the University.
With SigLocate it’s possible to mark your current position at the Südmensa Erlangen in order to share this info with your friends.
Once you’ve pinned your location you can share a picture of this map via your preferred messenger. And if it’s supported by the messenger, it’s even possible to add a message to it. ggjjhgghjh
It’s simple, it’s fast and it’s on Google Play, so feel free to use it!
And even though it’s already that late, we’re still working on and improving MrHyde. He’s quite an evil person, so we better don’t mess around with him…
Anyways, the next major update is just about to be shipped and it’ll include some general enhancements, as well as some new editor features.
At the same time we’re also working on some improvements to our preview server in order to make new things possible.
If this sounds good to you and you also have some additional ideas, just drop us a note or file a pull request, we’d love to hear from you!
But this wouldn’t be the Android Challenge if there wouldn’t be another app. This time it’s all about our daily business at the University, making appointments for lunch.
It’s always quite cumbersome to precisely describe your fellow students where exactly one is sitting (or hiding) in the canteen.
So we decided to build an app which let’s you mark your exact location on a map of our canteen, so you can share a detailed description of your location.
Hopefully this will make it a bit easier to find your friends without the need for phone calls, mails, etc.
While searching for a new app idea for June (which turns out to be a lot harder than we thought), we spent some time building a website for MrHyde.
Check it out http://faudroids.org/MrHyde/
The site is built using Bootstrap and hosted on GitHub. I have personally never built a website before, but looking at the final result it might be time to give our regular webpage a new look. Bootstrap just makes it too easy to build awesome stuff quickly.
Today we are happy to announce the release of MrHyde 0.2.0, now with image
Previously MrHyde was all about text, and text only. While downloading images
from a repo wasn’t a problem, you could only view and edit the raw bytes, which
is … well, not so awesome. While image support is still very basic, it allows
you do add new pictures to repositories (and then include those in posts …)
and preview the result like you normally do.
Okay, great, what else?
Images were the primary focus of this release, but a number of other features
also managed to sneak in. They are:
- Undo / redo operations in the editor
- Optional line numbers in the editor
- Better looking preview server error pages
- Files in repos can be renamed
Nice, what’s next?
That depends. At the moment MrHyde is really just a GitHub client with this
cool Jekyll preview function, but does not really know anything about Markdown,
posts or Jekyll in general. Ideally we want to offer a UI that is very specific
to Jekyll, which for example shows the users posts / drafts at one glance or
supports common Markdown formatting tasks, instead of forcing users to manually
go through the file structure each time. We’ll definitely keep the file browser
around as a backup because we don’t want to limit the edit capabilities of
MrHyde, but it’s going to be behind a layer of Jekyll specific views.
But at the same time we are also open for suggestions. So if there is a feature
that you would be dying to get your hands on, let us know!