Sunday, March 28, 2010

iPad Board Games Fun for Friends and Family

Touch Boards - A Classic Board Game Collection for two Players
jTribe and Conduct proudly present "Touch Boards". Our teams have joined forces to build an app that we want to have on our own iPad.

We love the traditional game box that we play at home with family and friends,

it contains classic games like Chess, Checkers or Go. We have put these boards on the iPad. We believe that Touch Boards also demonstrates some of the the possibilities of Apples incredible iPad device that will change the way we use computers.

So what is Touch Boards?
Touch Boards is a collection of classic board games for two players. Now you can take your classic box of board games with you on the road, to the park, or play it at home with family and friends. No lost pieces. No mess after the car has hit a pot whole.
We think that Touch Boards is a stylish replacement of the traditional game box.

What's in the App?
Touch Boards comes with a FREE Checkers board and pieces.

A Chess and GO board and pieces can be purchased directly from within the app. The realistic boards and pieces will make the game experience as real as possible. Touch, slide, make moves.

A manual that describes the rules for each board games is included and is presented in a popover window when it's needed.

Grab a Friend and Play a Game!
Yes, you need a second person to play. No playing against the computer here! We wanted to be as much a real board game box as it could be and you can't play against your "real" Checkers board - can you?

We believe that Touch Boards will bring people together in the same way a classic game of chess or go does. As much as the iPhone and Laptop prevents real human interaction we think the iPad will be a device that encourages human interaction. Grab a friend a play a game!

Enjoy and Spread the iPad Fun
We hope you will love Touch Boards as much as we do. As long as you don't expect some single player functionality or any AI you will be happy with Touch Boards.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Our thoughts on Augmented Reality published in NETT Magazine

The March edition of NETT Magazine is out and this month contains a feature on Augmented Reality. We were interviewed for the feature to provide our thoughts as iPhone and Android developers.

Digging beneath the (shiny) surface

Daniel Bradby is co-founder of jTribe (, a mobile apps development company for iPhone and Android. He is also excited about the prospects of augmented reality.

"We've been looking at bringing static, physical geo-located information to life with augmented reality, such as animating a billboard, " he says. "Obviously , you can add things like a game or a giveaway, to get the user to engage in the product or brand itself, as opposed to a static piece of advertising that they just take in."

He believes there are many interesting applications beyond marketing, though many of these fall into specific niches.

"I work with architects and urban planners and the Victorian Government is interested in getting their geographic system information onto the phone," he says. "You could provide good information for architects and planners, to augment what they're looking at with planning information on top, such as zoning or heritage listing of a property."

However, Apple's restrictions on augmented reality applications on the iPhone are holding the technology back.

"The iPhone platform's way of offering augmented reality is allowing you to overlay animation over the current video source," he explains. "You can't process that video that's coming in and saying 'I recognise that shape and I'm going to overlay information on that'."