I’ve struggled a long time with this. Almost everyone of my close friends (including my brother) got in possession of one of those fancy new smartphones. Half of them have an iPhone. Very early, it was quite obvious that this wasn’t just a fad. It was the future. The capabilities of those things are quickly converging towards what the clumsy boxes we used to put beneath our desks did. Nevertheless, I avoided this next generation of devices like I avoid facebook (no, you won’t finde me there). I don’t like how people show off with them. It was just another status symbol at first. And I do not care much about status sybols.
However, as a developer I eventually had to confront those things. Sure, you could make cool games with them. Java programming became also more and more interesting for me, due to it’s shorter development cycles. For a long time I was convinced that programming with C/C++ was the real deal. Later, I realized that the end justifies the means in this regard. And then, I started with my Master Thesis and realized that head tracking will become an integral part of my work (more on this in a later post). An employee at the University refered to a talk on Sensor Fusion on Android Devices as a possible approach for this problem.
Long story short: This plus chrismas and I got myself my own Android powerded device.