Awesome App Store Hyperwall

On Friday June 12th, 2009, in Apple, Computer, iPhone, iPhone Apps, Photos, Technology, Web, by Michael Watson

Check out something ridiculously cool from the WWDC 2009 conference. There Apple had a semi-live updating board that would pulsate each time someone purchased an app. Developers called it the pulsating app store hyperwall, and pulsate it did. The idea that you can see all of these purchases happening in semi-real time in a graphical way is pretty neat. Plus I’m sure if you did some calculations based on the board you could tell the number of downloads (purchases) a day and the popularity of the different apps.
AppleInsider | Apple stuns WWDC crowd with pulsating App Store hyperwall.

To get a better look at the different applications on the wall, someone has made a photosynthesis. It’s a collection of over 200 close-up pictures stitched together to make one high quality portrait.

What you’re looking at:
Over 3,000 apps – and growing – are downloaded every minute from the App Store. This is a live feed showing the activity of 20,000 popular apps currently on the store. Every time a customer downloads an app, its icon lights up (5-min. delay).

How we made it:
This hyperwall was built using the latest in Apple technology. It’s powered by 20 Mac Pro towers running Mac OSX Snow Leopard. It was programmed in Quartz Composer using Open L APIs. And it’s shown on 20 synchronized 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Displays.

Sleepless Nights to Come

On Wednesday May 27th, 2009, in Apple, iPhone, Technology, Web, by Michael Watson
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There is a lot of gathering excitement and anticipation as Apple‘s WWDC convention is coming up in a couple weeks. This event is traditionally where Apple steps to the podium and presents their new products (new iPhone 3G). I will admit that I can’t wait to see the details of the exciting new product as having access to the beta of the 3.0 software has already increased my excitement.
However with all of the rumors that are going around, there is a wide area for disappointment. Some of the specs seem too good to be true but we can always cross our fingers and hope. I hope for an enhanced 3G iPhone with 256MB of RAM, 600 MHz processor, 3.2 MP auto focus camera, with 32 GB of storage. We will just have to wait til the 8th @ 10:00AM. I’ll be up to watch the keynote live. Sleep or no sleep. 🙂

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