During a Windows Phone Hackathon, we witnessed what Rudy Huyn is capable of with his "Bi(n)g Maps" project that enables 28 Windows Phones to be controlled by a single device to create a massive Bing Maps app. There were two more apps developed that are more than noteworthy.
First up is Space Shooterz, developed by student Julien Noble. It's a retro-style spaceship shooter, which is controlled by either touch or the accelerometer. Created in XNA in only 30 hours, Noble is adding the finishing touches (sound - promised to be retro) and will be releasing the indie title to the Marketplace soon. Check out the video below for a quick demo of what's to come (as well as his website for more info).
The second app that requires a mention is WibasWP, another home automation solution for Windows Phone, developed by Arnaud Weil. The concept is based on "ZiBase" box, by Zodianet, and will be able to connect to sensors, receptors and remotes all over the house. Basic tasks include turning on / off lighting, and custom scenarios can be added for even more automation.
Unfortunately, no video was made available for WibasWP, but we are pleased to report that the app should be available on the Marketplace in the next few days. All-in-all, the hackathon was a busy one with around 40 apps being created by 90 developers in just 48 hours.
More photos from the event can be viewed on Facebook.
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