Archive for the ‘iphone’ Category

Book Review – iOS Sensor Apps with Arduino

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

iOS Sensor Apps with Arduino provides a concise introduction to the possibilities of interfacing Arduino with iOS.

Much of the book concentrates on the Redpark serial cable. This cable simplifies many of the headaches involved with interfacing with iOS devices.

With the Redpark serial cable, things appear to be reasonably plain sailing, with the author providing step by step instructions to building a simple application that interfaces with Arduino, takes a reading from a sensor and plots it on the iPhone.

The book includes a number of useful tips along the way that may not be obvious to the beginner, such as how to easily track the log messages generated by the Arduino.

Finally, the book covers other communication options, if you don’t want to use the Redpark serial cable. This includes:

  • Ethernet
  • Wi-Fi
  • X-Bee
  • The microphone (a la Square)
  • USB; and
  • Midi

This is a short, readable book that covers the essentials; recommended if you want to get started in this area, particularly if you intend on using the Redpark serial cable for your interfacing requirements.

Note: This book was provided by O’Reilly Media as part of their blogger review program.

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50 Songs on Playalong

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Play along to 50 songs!
Supernifty’s Playalong has reached the milestone of 50 songs.

Playalong started out as a way to play along to Elvis on your ukulele. Nowadays, Playalong offers quite a bit more.

We now support

  • chords for the guitar,
  • chords for the banjo,
  • an iPhone app, and
  • 50 songs!

Supernifty’s Playalong has songs from each of the last seven decades.

Here’s a selection of tag counts from Supernifty’s first fifty songs.

Play along songs by tag

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to Playalong… it’s fitting that the 50th song to be added is Israel Kamakawiwo╩╗ole’s ukulele classic Over the rainbowEnjoy!

Tune your banjo with alternate tunings

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Good news, Banjo players!

A number of new Banjo tunings have been added to
Audio Tuner and Audio Tuner mobile.

To quickly and easily tune your Banjo to any of the common tunings, check out the latest version of Audio Tuner.

We’ve added the following new Banjo tunings:

  • Standard
  • A tuning
  • G modal
  • A modal
  • C tuning
  • Double C
  • Double D
  • Open C

All versions of Audio Tuner will be updated with these changes over the coming weeks. To comment on these updates, or to request a particular version be prioritized, please contact us.

Note that Audio Tuner is not only available for PC and Mac, but most mobile platforms as well, including iPhone, Android and BlackBerry – keep your Banjo in tune no matter where you are.

To learn more, check out Audio Tuner home.

Smartphone Market Penetration

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Some stats from ComScore illustrate the state of the mobile market. This post provides some simple charts of the data.

What’s the breakdown of smartphone market share?

Smartphone Market Share January 2010

Clearly BlackBerry are doing incredibly well, covering almost half the market.

Which platform’s been growing the most over the last 3 months?

Smartphone Growth (Millions) from October 2009 to January 2010

Somewhat surprisingly, BlackBerry continue to consolidate their position, taking most of the new entrants to the market.

Interestingly, in the original statistics, Google appear to be doing the best, and Microsoft the worst. However, in terms of actual numbers, BlackBerry continue to be number 1 for growth, with Microsoft and Palm equal losers.

These stats are based on the US market. Visit ComScore for the original figures.

The Biggest Loser – BMI data on your iPhone

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

If you watched the last Biggest Loser series, Biggest Loser Second Chances, you might be interested to know that you can now see each contestant’s before and after BMI position on the Celebrity BMI iPhone App.

Biggest Loser BMI data

Once you’ve fired up the app, simply click on “Download”, choose “Biggest Loser 2009” and voila, you have the Biggest Loser dataset available on Celebrity BMI. One thing that is immediately obvious is the spectacular amount of weight all contestants managed to lose, and how spectacularly unhealthy they were at the start of the show.

Whether you use this for your own inspiration, to compare to your own efforts or to marvel at what a motivated person is capable of, hopefully you’ll find this dataset useful. If there is sufficient interest, other Biggest Loser results will be added to the application.

Word Nerd – a crossword solver and dictionary for the iPhone

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Supernifty is very pleased to announce the release of the Word Nerd Crossword Solver on the iTunes App Store.

Word Nerd is an essential tool for any keen puzzle solver, especially crosswords. It also makes a great dictionary, containing famous people, events, cities, landmarks and traditional “words”.


  • Fully searchable offline dictionary containing over 140,000 words and 200,000 definitions
  • Search for specific words using wild cards e.g. h.rse
  • Search for anagrams, even using wild cards!
  • Search definitions to find related terms and synonyms.

Word Nerd Crossword Solver for the iPhone

All available wherever you are, as long as you have your iPhone.

To learn more, see screenshots, and to obtain Word Nerd, go to iTunes

Or read more on the Supernifty Wiki.

As always, Supernifty welcomes feedback and ideas – contact us with your thoughts.

Now go be a Word Nerd!fun

Play Speed Scrabble on your iPhone

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Supernifty is very pleased to announce that Speed Scrabble is now available on the iTunes App Store.

Speed Scrabble (aka Take Two!) is a fast, fun and challenging word game, enjoyable either as single or multiplayer, now playable on your iPhone.

Speed Scrabble for the iPhone


  • It’s soooo much fun fun
  • Single player mode – race the clock, beat your high score, get longer words
  • Multiplayer mode – compete online against other Speed Scrabblers

If you’re not familiar with the game, try Speed Scrabble Online, join the Speed Scrabble Facebook Group or learn more.

To see more screenshots, details and to get Speed Scrabble, go to iTunes

Or read more on the Supernifty Wiki.

As always, Supernifty welcomes feedback and ideas – contact us with your thoughts.

Now go get Speed Scrabble!fun

Celebrity BMI on your iPhone

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

It’s true. Celebrity BMI is now available on the iPhone.

Celebrity BMI on the iPhone Celebrity BMI on the iPhone

Determine your BMI by sliding the chart around on screen, and see which weight category you fall into.

Save your BMI so you can compare yourself to your friends, or keep track of your BMI.

Then download one of the BMI packs to see how you compare to:

  • Average BMI for adults in different age groups.
  • Average BMI for children (boys and girls) aged 0-20.
  • Your favourite celebrity! Download one of the celebrity packs and compare yourself to Britney Spears, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and many more.

It’s useful, interesting and fun. And only $0.99. Bargain!

Check it out online, or open iTunes for further details.

Audio Tuner for the iPhone – 1.0

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

iPhone Tuner

Keep your musical instrument in tune with your iPhone.

Unlike other tuners on the market, Supernifty’s tuner provides the following goodness:

  • Full spectrum analysis – get as much detail as you need on your audio environment
  • Pitch pipe tone generation – confirm that you’ve tuned up correctly with a reference note
  • Tunings for many different musical instruments – new ones frequently added.

Download, screenshots and further details are

If you’d rather not open iTunes, read more online.

If you require further information, or wish to review this product, please contact Supernifty.