Just in time for spring

March 28, 2010

It seems like whenever I get into the middle of a school term, I abandon my blog… but this time I’m not going to let that happen! I shall to take some time out of my busy schedule to write a quick update.

In my previous post, I wrote about an imaginary “Windows Zune phone”. Well just recently, Microsoft announced their newest OS for mobile devices, “Windows Phone 7”! They’ve completely revamped the whole design and approach they took to developing a mobile phone OS. From the early demos and screenshots, the user interface is much more “touch-friendly” and intuitive. Actually, it looks very similar to the ZuneHD interface which turned out to be quite well received amongst the tech crowd. And right now, the same looks to be true for the Windows Phone 7. I realize that it’s not an actual physical device, but they’re getting one step closer to challenging the Apple iPhone and Google Nexus One. The only two things I’m hoping that Microsoft will add to their new OS are: multi-tasking and copy/paste. Right now, it doesn’t seem to be included and I don’t understand why if you consider that those were two of the biggest areas of criticism that Apple got when they first released the iPhone… So I really hope it changes before its final release.

Spring is here, and while others are outside tossing around a frisbee, I’m either cooped up in a classroom or a lab. These past few weeks have been super hectic because we’re trying to finish our robot for a competition next Tuesday. The purpose of the robot is to navigate an obstacle course and extinguish lit candles. At first the problem didn’t seem too difficult. We had a mechanical design and algorithm worked out, but now we’re realizing how different real life is from theory.  We’re running into a lot of issues that are unpredictable and completely out of our control…!! Anyway, it’s slowly coming along and we’re learning a lot… Only two more days left!