A mere 3 weeks ago we covered Microsoft’s Singapore’s Windows Phone developer challenge, which encouraged developers to create 3rd party apps to control hardware such as printers and electronic toys, and rewarded them with prizes.
The most important condition of the deal is that the apps are published in the Windows Phone Store, meaning the effort is not wasted, but contributes to the capabilities of Windows Phones.
The first challenge has now returned a resounding success, with vSoft Studios, the developer of Group Tiles, taking on the effort and releasing a very polished app to control the AR Drone 2.
AR Drone 2 Controller for Windows Phone features:
- Basic navigations of taking off, landing, moving around and rotating
- Compass, HUD, altitude, horizontal levels and battery level readout
- Text-to-speech capabilities when launching, landing and playing of animations
- Voice control for taking off and landing of AR Drone.
- Animations – These are pre-programmed stunt procedures which you can command your AR Drone to execute. The highlight includes a flip animation (refer to video below) of the AR Drone.
- Map and GPS Coordinates (Work in progress)
- Video Feed (Work in progress)
The app is only $0.99 with a free trial, is available worldwide, and can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
The next challenge is interfacing with the Canon Selphy CP900 portable wireless photo printer, and hopefully this effort will be a good way of securing compatibility with high profile gadgets which the community desire but which the manufacturer has not provided a Windows Phone app for.
Developers can read more about the contest here.