Smart Poi Android app now available for testing

Just a quick update, I have uploaded a demo version of my Android app for anyone who is curious to play with:

http://circusscientist.com/SmartPoiDemoAndroid.zip

There are two .apk files included in the zip file (4mb). In order for the app to work correctly you need to install and run “Smart Poi Setup.apk” – it creates the necessary folders inside the “Pictures” directory on your device. You may need to run this twice, depending on your Android version (file access permissions may only work the second time) – just check if WirelessSmartPoi and WirlessSmartPoi72px folders have pics inside or the main app will not work correctly.  Smart Poi Setup.apk can then be uninstalled.

The second “Smart Poi Demo.apk” is a test app to show the capabilities of the poi. This version of the app is for anyone demonstration purposes only, the UDP send is disabled and visualization enabled. In other words it does everything but send signals to the poi. This is because my app slows down function if no poi is connected, trying to send to nowhere. You may need to be connected to WiFi for this to work, I haven’t checked if that check is still in place.

Smart Poi Demo app menu

The Timeline option won’t work on this demo unfortunately as it requires a zip file created by the Timeline creator desktop program which isn’t quite ready for sharing. To see what the other options are meant to do on the poi check out my post here:

https://www.circusscientist.com/2018/09/12/smart-poi-android-streaming-app-control-demo-video/

Anyway, have a look and let me know what you think! So far tested working on Android KitKat through to Nougat. Please note all images need to be rotated 90 degrees to the right for the app to work correctly. One day I will fix this..

I will be uploading the full app to the Play Store once the Poi Arduino code is ready for sharing. The ultimate goal is of course to enable anyone to make a set of affordable Wireless Streaming Smart Poi of their own, and hopefully find some programmers interested enough to contribute to the development of this project.

2 thoughts on “Smart Poi Android app now available for testing”

  1. Very intresting project!
    I built it for test. Offline part is working fine )
    Animation in Process is working too. But main demo application is not working (it reacts only for brightness change with a one led).
    Hope, you’ll finish this great work!
    🙂

    1. Hi, Alexander. Thanks for your interest in my project.

      The demo app is not sending anything to the poi, it is just a demo of the application with the wifi sending disabled. I will most certainly be working on this again some time this year, I am still using my poi and want to improve them, so..

      There are a few things hard coded into the application which I need to make more general (like IP addresses, passwords etc) I am sure you understand I can’t share the program with that information.

      In the meantime, try this Processing for Android app on your phone, I made an example program here: https://www.circusscientist.com/2018/07/23/lets-stream-some-pixels/

      I just have a few personal things to take care of (using electronics of course) before I move to the next level on this project – see the blog for more details…

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