How does a group of key technology companies trying to encourage
software development for a new platform of hand-held computers, web
pads, digital TV set-top boxes, and wireless and automotive devices pique
the interest of their development community?
You offer them a BMW Z3 Roadster, of course!
That's exactly what Espial did January 21 when it held a party for
their developer community from devicetop.com at a local nightclub
celebrating the talent of developers from all over. The devicetop.com
web portal offers a hub for news, industry information, discussion
forums, technical tutorials, and software development tools for
developers to learn, communicate, and create web content and
application services. Devicetop.com provides developers with a global
marketing venue to showcase their services to leading consumer
electronics manufacturers, ISPs, and network operators.
Lured by the chance to drive away in a BMW Z3, some 3000 Java
developers signed up for devicetop and over 50 answered the call by
submitting an application in the smart device application contest,
which ran from June to December.
"We are completely enthusiastic with the results of this contest and
are thoroughly impressed with the caliber of applications that were
submitted," commented Jaison Dolvane, president and CEO of Espial.
"This level of participation and quality indicates the movement towards
a more pervasive Internet and reinforces that all the developers on
devicetop.com are top notch programmers who will become the key driving
force of applications of the future."
The winning entry selected by the judges is an amazingly cool car
application, Car Angel, to guide drivers to a
destination, to find the nearest gas station and fast food restaurant
or to track past car movements.
Car Angel is an easy-to-use application intended for a car equipped
with a GPS. Car Angel provides local maps, and point-to-point
navigation. It guides users to a destination, finds the closest gas
station, finds the closest fast food restaurant, or even shows where
the car has been recently. High marks went to the application for its
readiness for market use, and ease of potential deployment. There is a
great potential for extending the application in a commercial
environment -- restaurants, for example, could pay to receive priority
on the local restaurant map.
Stay tuned close to devicetop.com in the next few weeks, as the
announcement for the second smart device application contest is about
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