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Which path to choose ?

Alrighhtt, I’m back to blogging after a break of 3+ months, I don’t know if people still follow my blog or no, but the last three months has been very eventful in my life, a series of highs and lows, but all is well now :). In this blogpost I will try to sum up in brief whats been going on lately and what are my plans with this blog in the future.

In January 2010, I was in a serious emotional turmoil on what path to choose professionally, I basically had three options

  1. Keep working on PyMT till I find a proper sponsor, this was easiest way to follow as the team was great, I had a pretty good hold on the python langauge and PyMT framework. But I was worried that I was hitting a technical roadblock as I knew only python properly , whereas the world of Multitouch has varied interest and I wanted to explore these other fields too.
  2. I had an offer from NUITeq. The worries that I had were that the platform was completely new, Purely C++ based. Even the team was new, I didn’t know if I would fit well.  Plus I would have to work remotely due to the visa issues. Other then these it was all good.
  3. Quit Multitouch and join a generic XYZ software company in India.

After several weeks of stressful thinking I decided to vote for my technical progress over ease of job and i decided to join NUITeq. I decided I can face all challenges it posed, plus the job offer from NUITeq was very good.

Just when I was all set to begin my new career, I met with an Motorcycle accident. Aftermath: A cracked wrist, surgery necessary 😛 . So I had to undergo a surgery and quit my job plans for next 6 weeks. I gained a metal plate in my hand to hold the bones in place but, lost 6 weeks of precious time 😐 . I’m very grateful to the guys at NUITeq for understanding my situation and deferring the plans till I recover.

My wrist after surgery :P

My wrist after surgery 😛

Once I joined NUITeq, its all been good for me, I’m really liking the C++ SDK, C++ language in general is awesome. The team is really good, my colleagues help me in every other question or doubt I have regarding the framework. I’m really glad I took the decision of joining NUITeq. Just can’t wait to meet these guys in person sometime in the future :). Its been three months now that I’ve been working with NUITeq, time sure flies when we work on something we really love.

My contract got extended with NUITeq, so I will continue to work with them. Soo now the question is what about this blog. I’ve had several ideas, either I will continue blogging about multitouch coding  in this same blog, or I’m hoping to start another blog focusing only on multitouch coding, the mathematics involved, and other tricks which I’m hoping to share with the community. I was hoping to dwell into Android hacking too and maybe port NUIPaint into c++ using some base framework, he he lots and lots of plans :). So all that remains is to make up sometime for this in the weekends :). Lets see how it goes.

Credits: Crossroads photo by DJ Bass @ Flickr.com

PS: NUITEQ got nominated for Norrmejerier-stipendiet 2010. Please support by voting at http://bit.ly/dnWqsr . It just takes a few seconds for voting process 🙂

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Passed GSOC 09

GSOC 09

GSOC 09

Alright this is very old news (One month old). I’ve been a bit busy to make a blogpost. I passed the final GSOC evaluations along with the 7 others of the NUIGroup organizations. It feels great to be one of the several hundred students to complete the program. I really thank my mentors, my elder brother, nuigroup organization and all others who helped me in completing this. Google, thanks for organizing such a great program. This has definitely given me a new way to look at opensource technologies and its organizations.

Right now, I’m waiting for my visa to head up to NUITEQ Sweden. I will be a intern at that company for next three months. “Great people, great envirnoment to work in”, is what i felt everytime I heard about NUITEQ from other people who worked/works there. I’m really excited to be working with them. Thanks Harry for giving me a opportunity to be working with you and your team :). There is even a coffee mug waiting for me there :D. How cool is that…

NUITeq Coffee Mug

NUITeq Coffee Mug

What I’ve been uptop

Lately I’ve been coding a lot, especially on NUIPaint, but I couldn’t blog because of my Final exams and plus blogging uses up too much of precious development time 😛 , so I tend to blog less. Anyways in the next few days I’ll be posting  about all the theory behind the new widgets that I developed. The Opengl Algorithms, Trigonometric equations and other stuff. Hopefully this will be useful for somebody, as i dint now find much information and had to code on my own. Following are the widgets of which I’ll be blogging about

  • A Circular Menu
  • A Circular Slider
  • A Quarter Circle Color Picker

Pew pew Lasers are here!!

I just recieved my lasers today thanks to My Brother, Mr. Sharma (My Brother’s Boss) and Thomas Hansen, the shipping was super fast from Usa to India. I din’t know the projection sheet package would be soo humungous, i’m really thank Mr.Sharma alot for getting it till here..

5mW Ir lasers and IR Bandpass Filters

5mW Ir lasers and IR Bandpass Filters

Black Rosco Rear Projection Screen

Black Rosco Rear Projection Screen

Now i’ll start workin on the table 🙂 , gotta test the pymt apps for real. It’s time!!

NUI Tshirt

My NUI tshirt arrived, I had got two tshirt, one from The nuigroup.com another from NUI sweden, because i’m a friend of Harry 😛 (seriously because i got selected for the internship at NUI Sweden). The Tshirt which Harry Van Der Veen(CEO Natural User Interface, Sweden ) sent reached super fast right on time for the event in college, he he i needed to show off the tshirt to a larger crowd so i was in a hurry to get it :). The tshirt is awesome, and it did attract lot of people because of the logo.

Thanks Harry

Thanks Harry

.One more thing that really caught my eyes was the NUI sweden’s Visiting card, harry sent me his card, its soo well designed.

The other Tshirt from Nuigroup.com arrived within next two days, i’ll definately wear it for the next event, thanks Nuigroup, love the tshirt its awesome and fits perfectly too. Nuigroup rocks!!! and i feel great to be a part of it.

The Postage Envolepe

The Postage Envolepe

Thanks Nuigroup.com

Thanks Nuigroup.com

Now this make me think, we need to make PyMT tshirts soon 🙂

College Starts

College starts from tomorrow, need to plan how to manage my available time for PyMT, C++ OpenGl and College work. January month was the best month of my life, lots of things happened 🙂 , it feels great to work on a opensource project. The amount of knowledge we gain is tremendous when we work on a opensource project as a team. I learned python, made a few contributions for PyMT core, Built some apps. Wohoo!!! feels great 🙂 , I will continue my work like this. I especially thank Thomas Hansen, Mathieu Virbel and all the PyMT team members for spending their time in helping me understand the concepts and learn new things.

A Japanese Connection

Hmmmm, I never thought there would be a better game then GOD OF WAR Chains of Olympus for PSP, but man i was gravely mistaken, Final Fantasy VIII- Crisis core by Square Enix is the game which won my heart, the storyline, the music, everything is so well constructed. Japenese are really great story tellers, this game really backs that fact.

Crisis Core

Crisis Core

Japanese have a unique style of art, and a unique style of story telling. Especially if you see the anime cartoons they have very intense emotional situations. Crisis core is one such game, with intense emotions involved, Connecting with different characters in the game. Its not a average slash and hack game where as this game really has some amazing content.The cutscenes are voice overs are top notch. Especially the cutscenes are the best i have seen, the CG animations are extremely good.

There is one sound track “The Price of Freedom” by Takeharu Ishimoto, I feel this is the best soundtrack ever created for a game. Amazing music composition through out the game, the best ever for a game. I loved the soundtrack.

Summary:

If you have not checked out this game yet, please buy it. It awesome, the best ever. Its got a really great storyline, mind you its very intense. The music is great. I’m now a fan of Final Fantasy Series, I’m a fan of Takeharu Ishimoto. Great job Square Enix your Team rocks. Thanks for creating such a great game!!!.