NumberPickers before API 11

As you may know, Android has a NumberPicker but this NumberPicker is only available for API 11 (HoneyComb) or newer. The workaround for using a number picker is to implement your own Widget Library. Here is a list of Widget Libraries that you should use: SimonVT’s NumberPicker(Personally Used): https://github.com/SimonVT/android-numberpicker Michael Novak’s NumberPicker (He also has a demo and a guide on his website): https://github.com/mrn/numberpicker These two come highly recommended: Android Wheel: http://code.google.com/p/android-wheel/ Horizontal slider widget:...

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Parse for a backend

Parse is a simple way to host data. It is free for the for 1 million API calls per month and 1 GB of data hosted. It is good for creating users and hosting simple data entries. It lacks an easy way for complex queries so using as a backend for a recommendation app is probably a bad idea. Although the queries lack complexity, it is good for hosting data related to a user for example making a form. Creating a user is simple. The following code would create a user with the username :Name and the password: Password.   ParseUser user = new...

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The Power of 3D Printing

  Introduction Printing has been around since 1450 when Johannes Gutenberg invented the movable type printing press. The printing press changed the world in a way people could have never imagined. The poor now had access to books and education was no longer a luxury of the rich. A new technology like that of the printing press is currently revolutionizing our lives in ways never believed to be possible before. At first when the technology came out in the 1980’s there were a few different ways to go about creating 3D objects from a machine. As of today most technologies have centered on a...

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Restoring Vision Through the Eyes of a Smartphone

For millions of people, the ability to navigate around this complex world requires the assistance of a cane or a faithful companion.  With the ubiquity of smartphones today, and their ever increasing capabilities, there is an opportunity to create an application that could assist the visually impaired in becoming functionally independent. After much research, we have found an application, the vOICe, that promotes functional independence, however we believe it can be improved.  This application utilizes the smartphone’s camera to continuously capture images, which are processed and...

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Ideas Using Mircosoft’s Products

Microsoft has been around since 1975 and since then has always been pushing the envelope for new ideas and products. Today they have tons of products in the both the software and hardware space targeting end consumers and businesses. The Mobile Lab would love to get their hands on some of these devices in order to make new cool innovations. Windows Phone First and foremost we are a Mobile Research Lab. Unfortunately, I am sad to say that no one in our group has had any experience with a Windows Phone. However, I am responsible for making Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich look more like...

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