So far I have seen about four, maybe five, apps for FRC that gets updated every year sometime between December 20th and February 10th. Wouldn’t it be nicer if you could use one of these apps for scouting without having to get an individual scouting app on your phone? Well, I’m not introducing one - yet - but I am looking in to designing one with iOS and Android compatibility and transferability in mind.
Information about the app (iOS):
-Designed for iPhone 6, 6s, 6 plus, 6s plus, and iPad 4th Generation (before version 0.4.0 - sometime in August)
-Beta test hopefully coming June 25th and lasting through December 25th (unless I reach 2000 testers before December 25th)
-Design update for version 0.2.0
-UI format update for version 0.3.0
-Versions between 0.x and 0.y will be bug fixes for the app
-More information to come!
Information about the app (Android):
-Project will be started during version 0.3.0 of iOS
-Beta testing (if possible, I’m not an android user) hopefully coming July 25th
-Design will match version 0.3.0 on iOS (including settings location)
-Major updates only (0.x to 0.y updates will come at the same time, but there won’t be in-between updates)
-NFC data transferability (possibility)
-More information to come!
Information about the app (Compatibility/Transferability):
-Data will be transferrable between devices whether you’re using android or iOS (method: TBD)
-Chat possibility (depends on the wireless communication rules of the 2017 game - so it likely won’t happen at the event) between scouts
Information about me (It is always important to meet the developer):
I participated in FRC during my senior year in high school and loved the environment, it naturally makes me a happier person. I volunteered during this past season (2016’s Recycle Rush) at Philomath, Oregon as one of the two CSAs; and I was told that the team I was on wanted an app that could manage to be compatible for both iOS and Android (at the time I didn’t have access to a Mac, now I do). Either way, this app should allow people to talk to each other, get contact information, and encourage gracious professionalism between teams. Right now, the app has no plans to monitor activity anywhere other than on the device (so your scouting data is yours unless you choose to share it with your team or other teams). Oh yeah, I am in college in Washington state currently studying Computer Science (the college I’m attending will supply an Associate’s in Applied Sciences then I will be transferring to a University).
Google Forum (I would invite everyone to respond): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uS6iz4TbqIHvbyUpjOz8w9-gqoNcZcGnxsRPKeGGyWs/viewform
Also posted on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/FRC/comments/4o8lrz/designing_scouting_app_for_2017_community_input/