Thursday 29 May 2014
Three new apps have been created and launched by some of QMUL’s own students, which are now available to download on your device. They are all available on the QApps website and are free of charge. Each app has been very well received and is an indicator of the promising creativity and entrepreneurial potential of QMUL’s students. For more information on each app’s uses and background, see below.
Professor Peter McOwan, Vice Principal (Public Engagement and Student Enterprise), is co-founder of QApps in collaboration with Queen Mary Innovation. He comments: “ QApps was created to help support our students and staff in turning their ideas and research into useful and fun smartphone technology. The spread of the smartphone and the resulting app revolution has really lowered the barriers for entry to the global marketplace, allowing our students to creatively apply the mix of skills they have gained in their study to develop professional software products.”
Trapdoor Zombies was developed by David Kilanowski. It is a fast-paced, action-based Indie game, where the player tries to survive swarms of zombies and rescue followers, who then help the player to fight the zombies. Players can progress through the game’s endless levels of difficulty. Computer science student and developer David said: “My main challenge was finding the right difficulty balance, as many users were finding it too hard in early versions of the game.” Reviews for the app on the Google Play website have described it as ‘very addictive’ and ‘a perfect game to play when you’re on the tube.’
David is intending to continue developing the app, by adding in new features in the coming months. He added: “I currently have in mind adding new zombies which will differ visually and in their behaviour.” David has enjoyed the experience and intends to continue developing mobile apps in the future. Download the app here.
The developmental group for GeoSound was led by Arjun Shankar and included Zubar Miah, Francis Screene, Umesh Anandarajah, Max Droog Hayes and Noorie Jalil. GeoSound uses your current location as a means to remix a song of your choice. By tracing your location, the framework of surrounding roads is used to rework the song you are listening to, creating new remixes and adding a twist to some of your favourite songs. You can test the app out in different locations, and see how the song differs and develops depending on your surroundings. The app also allows you to share your favourite sounds on Twitter, and retweet any interesting tunes that your friends’ locations create. The animation of your location also adapts depending on the weather, meaning that the experience is constantly changing.
Arjun commented: ”GeoSound provides a social music experience like no other! How many times have you listened to the same song over and over? Your favourite song changes its beat to where you currently are, just like magic.” Download the app here.
Webmorph was designed by Computer Science student, David Omid. It allows the user to edit websites through touch gestures on mobile devices. This means you can edit the visual elements of your website easily on your iPhone or iPad, making web design easier for everyone, especially for people who may not be used to HTML and CSS coding.
David wants to keep developing the app in the future by adding new features, improving the user interface and potentially commercialising it. He added: "I'm planning on adding a lot more editing features which could make web design quicker and easier for more people. I also have plans to port the app to other platforms in the future and improve the user interface, so I can target a larger audience and provide a richer and more engaging product overall. Download the app here.