Ubicomp with the iPhone

Posted on: Mon, 2013-07-15 17:56   By: jstenner

I've been using Evernote for a while to keep notes on day-to-day activities, especially as I develop things. They used to provide RSS feeds of publicly accessible "notebooks" and I was going to just syndicate my dev notes here, but they've disabled RSS! Typical corporate behavior. They have a "community" now, so wall it off and mine it. Anyway, I'll just post here, directly, then...and dump Evernote.

This is a tool for me. Too may decisions get made and avenues are researched that eventually disappear from my memory bank these days. I'll post links to APIs, in progress images, and miscellaneous thoughts regarding the Murphy's Well-Being iPhone app. Of course, the MWB app is a prototype for a larger concept, but it's a good place to start.

The image above is the Core Data Object Model. There are a few other attributes I need to add, but essentially it's the structure defining the local SQLLite database that will be used by MWB iPhone clients. Emeragency will be providing RESTful services that can be accessed by any client that implements our API. The general program flow is that the iPhone app will contact Emeragency (this website) and retrieve the contents of the MWB project. It also contacts the EPA Superfund database to retrieve current info about the Cabot/Koppers site. This data is mapped to the iPhones local database and used to populate the interface. The interviews Barbara Jo did, the Popcycle fragments, and associated metadata will be streamed into any client iPhone. Of course, that's just the start. From there, it's relatively easy to configure it so clients can upload their own content or tag things as appropriate; essentially integrating any of the social media activities that we want. 

I'll post the day to day stuff over on the forum: