Looking for a mentor for Google SoC - interested in GPS-smart app devel
mike at telecommatters.net
Fri Mar 16 21:14:59 CET 2007
I would be willing to mentor you, as I am interested in your proposed
software. However, I don't have any software development experience
with embedded systems or kernel modules. My experience is C/C++, Java,
Lisp, PHP, HTML, etc. let me know if and how I can help.
Ryan Prior wrote:
> Dear OpenMoko community,
> I plan on writing and extending OpenMoko apps to take best advantage of
> GPS data, providing support to all OpenMoko apps via d-bus and providing
> useful built-in functions in the base Moko apps. My primary objectives are:
> 1) Write a library or daemon that provides simple geographically related
> data to Moko apps, such as creation and management of GPS points,
> distance between the phone and a point, finding the nearest point,
> generating a list of all points within a certain distance, etc.
> 2) Write a daemon that reports events based on geographical location or
> location relative to defined GPS nodes. This allows the phone to
> automatically perform tasks based on GPS data without each having to
> poll the GPS module by providing an event-driven geolocation architecture.
> 3) Write a GPS-smart todo list application that can give reminders based
> on location, generate a pared-down todo list based on location, and
> provides an API to other apps for parsing various structures (especially
> plain text, as might be received in an email or typed with the stylus,
> and info imported from calendars) into a todo list complete with
> geographic info.
> 4) Write GPS intelligence into a profile switching app, allowing
> automatic reconfiguration of the phone depending on geographical
> location or location relative to defined GPS points. Useful features
> include automatically going into drive-mode when driving, silent-mode
> when inside a theatre or symphony hall, silent mode (or disabled
> communications mode) when inside a public school, etc.
> 5) Integrate the above into an auto-task manager that can automatically
> perform tasks such as "Sync with my latest email and calendar data as I
> walk/drive to work" or "Put music player at top of my commonly used apps
> list when I get to track practice". The same task manager can also
> incorporate data such as current time, number of emails in inbox, which
> day of the week, etc. The goal of this application is to allow
> sophisticated control over phone automation for power users and give a
> number of sane, useful options to basic phone users.
> Scope of the Summer of Code project: implement 1 and 2 solidly, laying
> the framework for the next ones; implement 3 4 and 5 as far as time
> allows, focusing more on function than polish (though with the OpenMoko
> application framework, polish isn't exactly hard to come by!)
> About me: I am 18 years old and a USA resident. I have been tinkering
> with computers all my life, but only started programming at 11. My name
> is Ryan and my primary interests are computers, microbiology, and world
> travel (I'm writing this from Europe). I enjoy long walks on the beach
> and longer hacking sessions afterwards.
> My development experience: The languages I am best with are Python,
> C/C++, and I know a smattering of Perl, PHP, and Java. I have worked
> with a number of application frameworks including GTK+ and have spent a
> lot of time using (and being frustrated with) mobile phones. I am
> comfortable developing on a Linux computer, and use a Linux laptop as my
> primary development tool. I have written a bunch of programs but I have
> never contributed to open source projects before. I'm looking forward to
> the experience! I have used many open-source project management tools
> but I have never used CVS before. I'm good at picking these things
> things up and I have strong online communication skills, so I am
> optimistic that I can learn the ropes quickly.
> Thanks for reading -- if anybody is interested in mentoring me, please
> help me get the ball rolling for summer 2007! I'm really excited to
> watch OpenMoko development unfold and I am itching to be a part of it.
> Ryan aka PirateHead
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