CompSoc Meeting – Exploring Dreamspark and More
October 23, 2012
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We had eight people present for our meeting this evening. A post about accessing Dreamspark was made available on the Schools blog back in February. We took a look through the tools, development environments and applications available from Dreamspark for Academic Institutitions. Quite a few interesting applications and tools are to be found on the site. It was decided to take a look at the Kinect for Windows SDK at the next meeting. We will need to check with the technical support team during the week to get the SDK installed in the B13 lab.
Programming Competition Ideas
It was mentioned that it may be fun to host a programming competition, in particular perhaps a 24hr meetup. One person mentioned that it may be interesting to take a look at http://www.topcoder.com.
We also took a quick look at one of the cineskates that was recently purchased by the school (available from http://cinetics.com). It looks like a really nice system allowing for some dynamic and interesting footage to be captured. The following are some nice examples of the cineskates in action. The following is a link to the use of suction cups with the gorilla pod focus and ballhead x.
Apple Special Event
We also watch the live stream of the Apple Special Event that began at 18:00. The new iMac that was unveiled was just amazingly thin. The edge is 5mm thin (80 percent thinner than the previous model).
Just prior to going to the C8/9 lab to watch the Apple Special Event one of the members took a photo of the following iMac. It was nice to see a slide during the special event presentation showing all the generations of iMac, with the iMac in the photo below standing out from the line.
We also took a look at http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html to get an idea of the CPU power of the new machine. It was mentioned that the iPad has made a huge impact in the world of education. Materials are now available for 80 percent of the US curriculum.