PixLive: Augmented Reality on iPhone!

May 6th, 2011

This post intends to inform you about a new application called PixLive, which allows you to give ‘life’ to objects or other things around you, using augmented reality. It actually offers you a way to create your own augmented reality on objects you have around you, directly on your iPhone (or iPod Touch with camera). You can then share your creations through social networks and people can actually download what youhave done and see your augmented reality themselves.

The easiest way to understand it is to test the application. You can get it on the App Store for free by searching PixLive or by going here: http://pixlive.vidinoti.com/dlapp/ios .

Watch the video explaining the application to see how it works:

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More information about PixLive can also be found the website: http://www.pixlive.info

Try this amazing application today and give us your reactions below so we can improve it!

Have fun !

GPSSerial 1.3 released

November 29th, 2009

A small post to inform you that GPS Serial version 1.3 has been released. It fixes all the problems that most of you had with popular navigation systems such as TomTom or Navigon. We hope that now everything is corrected.

The problems have been solved thanks to the help of Roger from OrangeGadgets. A big thanks to him!

xGPS Manager update

October 17th, 2009

Just a quick post to inform everyone that an update for xGPS Manager has been released, and can be found on the xGPS Official website(http://xgps.xwaves.net/index.php/Downloads). This updates fixes the gray map problem that many users have been experiencing.

xGPS Manager is now Open Source! The source code of the latest version of xGPS Manager (1.1.5) is now available on xGPS website. Please note that this source code is being distributed under the GNU GPL v.3 license (available here http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html). You must accept the terms of the license before downloading the sources.

If you want to make any improvement to xGPS Manager, feel free to post them in the forums so we can integrate them in future versions of xGPS Manager. Thanks!

Projects update

August 10th, 2009

After a long silent month we are glad to announce that we release a new version of GPS Serial (code-named 1.2). It should fix a lot of problems including incompatibilities with Navigon and Sygic. Moreover it fixes the speed issue that everybody has. The software is now consuming less battery and it is now totally inactive when the GPS is not used (even the serial port is closed, for technical people :-) ). It will be available in some hours in the usual ModMyI repository which is included with any Cydia installation.

We want also to inform you that xGPS is not dead and we are actively working on a new version with complete vectorial maps (i.e. you will be able to bring your whole country or even the whole world right in your pocket). There is still a lot of work to do but we are on the good way. We hope to have a beta version ready for the beginning of September. We will make a new beta tester team for that occasion. More information about that will come in the following weeks so it is unnecessary to ask in the forums or anywhere else how to become a beta tester.

Thanks again for your patience and support.

GPSSerial got an update

June 24th, 2009

Just a small post that we have released an update of GPSSerial which should fix some issues found on certain AppStore software and especially those issues which were stopping updating the GPS position and then making GPSSerial to crash. So now everything should work a lot smoother and your battery should not be drained anymore by GPSSerial when it is not used. We are aware that there is still a bug with the speedometer (which, sometimes, show 0 for the speed), especially with xGPS. We are working on this. In the mean time you can run your Cydia or Icy to fetch the latest GPSSerial number 1.1.

Oh and by the way, don’t buy any costly GPS softwares that you can found now on the AppStore. The next gen. xGPS will certainly be better and even cheaper. More information about that soon.

Thanks a lot for your support.

External GPS become internal

June 10th, 2009

After some months of silence here is a small update of the project and a good news for external GPS holders.

GPSSerial iconFirst let’s talk about the new software which will come out in some hours on Cydia: GPSSerial. The goal of this software is to allow external GPS to be used in any AppStore applications. After having installed the software, your external GPS will be seen as if it is the iPhone 3G internal GPS. It will thus allow you to use any AppStore applications that require GPS along with your external GPS. With the GPSSerial package comes a little utility, called with the same name, which allow you to configure which GPS is attached to your device (like in xGPS). You have also the possibility to select the iPhone GPS, which, in this case, use the normal iPhone 3G GPS or cell-towers triangulation if it is unavailable. Please note that if you want to use xGPS along with GPSSerial, you have to select “iPhone 3G GPS” in xGPS. Also the Maps application is not affected by GPSSerial and thus still use the iPhone 3G GPS if available.

You must know that this application is still in its early stage and thus many bugs can still be found. You must also know that this software works best on firmware 2.2.1. We haven’t tested it on all the firmware but if you encounter any problem ,please upgrade to this firmware. We have set up a new forum in order to discuss problems you may found in the package. It can be accessed here:

http://xgpsdev.xwaves.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=9

If you find that an application is not compatible with GPSSerial, please do the following:

  1. Using Cydia, install the package named “syslogd to /var/log/syslog
  2. Set up the correct GPS using the GPSSerial utility, plug in your GPS.
  3. Start the incriminated application and wait for the problem to appear (i.e. crash or no position)
  4. Post the file /var/log/syslog on the aforementioned forum with the application name, the iTunes AppStore link and the firmware version you are runnin on.
  5. We will then try to debug our application to make it run with more and more AppStore products.

Now, concerning xGPS itself. The project is not dead :-) . However we haven’t had a lot of time these last months to work on it. That’s why you haven’t heard a lot about it. However we have made some progress for the 2.0 release. Vectorial map drawing now work, we have even offline routing working. It is still in a early test stage and nothing is yet fully functional but as soon we get something stable and usefull we will keep you updated. One thing you must know is that the next version of xGPS will be published on the AppStore only. As we will not have the maps constraint anymore, we are then fully agreeing to the Apple’s conditions. We haven’t yet decided about the price of such an application. However we would like to make two versions, where one would be free.

Thank you all for your support and keep reading this blog in the following weeks. Great things will come.

xGPS crashes

April 19th, 2009

We are making a special post to inform us that we are aware of the multiple problems that has the current xGPS version (1.2.6). The crashing problem at launch that many of you have is now more or less understood and will be corrected in the next release.

For a temporary fix you can do the following: delete the file /var/mobile/Library/Preferences/com.xwaves.xGPS.plist (it will clean out all the xGPS preferences).

Many of you are reporting also other crashes in a more random way. In order to allow to completely clean out these remaining bug, we ask us to post the crash report as explained at this link: http://xgpsdev.xwaves.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=506

We are very sorry for all these problems with the current version.

Thanks again for your help.

xGPS Bug fix release (bis)

April 16th, 2009

A lot of people have been disappointed while discovering that the new version of xGPS seems to freeze with some of the supported GPS. We have worked hard to try to correct that bug as fast as possible and we hope to have fixed it. You will find shortly in Cydia a new version numbered 1.2.6 containing this bug fix plus a new spanish translation.

For those who cannot wait the Cydia release, you can find the deb package here: http://xgps.xwaves.net/index.php/Downloads

Thank you all for your support and comments

UPDATE: For all people having crashing problems at launch time, please read here: 

http://xgpsdev.xwaves.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=488

xGPS Bug fix release

April 14th, 2009

After more than 500’000 downloads of xGPS 1.2, we are proud to announce a small bug fix release of xGPS, numbered 1.2.5.

But before saying more things, please read the following:

For something unrelated to xGPS, we are making a study on computer devices for a marketing research. We need some data about user wishes and habits about computer devices. If you have 3 minutes of your time to answer our anonymous survey it will indirectly greatly helps the xGPS project. Thanks in advance!

The survey:

http://www.xwaves.net/phpESP/public/survey.php?name=shsen_xgps

xGPS 1.2.5 screenshotThanks for reading that :-) . Now, about xGPS 1.2.5, there are not so many new features in this version but rather a large number of annoying bugs have been corrected. Before going further you must know that, as usual, there is a little delay between this post and the release of xGPS in Cydia by the repository maintainer. It should appears within 4 hours after the publishing time of this post. For the impatient, here is a non-exhaustive list of new features / changes:

  • Support for the G-Fi GPS from Posimotion
  • Ability to send a Google Maps link according to your current GPS position by tapping the speedometer
  • The GPS signal quality indicator is now in the status bar
  • Route re-computation works now better (i.e. your current route is no more cleared if an error occurs)
  • Volume control to adjust the voice volume in Settings->Driving directions

xGPS Manager 1.1Among these changes, xGPS Manager has been also corrected and a new version has been put on the xGPS official website. This new version correct the bug which was causing so many problems on some home routers or with some Internet connections. These issues should be now corrected. We have also added a search option to search for cities on the map.

We want also let you know that xGPS is becoming more and more popular thanks to you! So a big thank you to all of the people contributing by any way to this project. You can find a wonderful article on xGPS in the iPhone german magazine called iPhoneWelt for the german speakers. An interview about xGPS has also been published on mp3car.

We will finish this little post by talking about a common subject: future plans :-) . For now we will concentrate ourself on getting a 1.3 version ready in about 2 months. This version will have multi-lingual voice instructions (using pre-recorded voice instead of synthesized ones for the technical readers). In parallel we are also starting to develop the 2.0 version using vectorial maps. We have already something more or less working to display vectorial maps, more to come in the following months.

Thank you all for your interest and your help.

PS: for the new xGPS users, you will find xGPS 1.2.5 in Cydia (only with jailbroken iphone / iPod Touch) under the Navigation category. If you still find the 1.2 version, wait for some hours and refresh the Cydia sources.

UPDATE: For getting 1.2.5, please read here: http://xgpsdev.xwaves.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=471

xGPS 1.2 Released

March 2nd, 2009

xGPS 1.2 ScreenshotEverybody would say: Finally! Yes, xGPS 1.2 has been released. The version has been sent to the MMI repository and will be available within some hours. It should be in everybody’s Cydia as the MMI repository is installed by default. Just do a refresh within some hours and xGPS should pop up.

This version of xGPS has required us a lot of hours of work. We have tried to bring the most advanced and stable navigation software for the iPhone / iPod touch. However, even if we have made our best, you have to keep in mind that this software is free but not bug free. If you experience such a bug feel free to ask in the forum but do not say “It doesn’t work, it’s crappy”.

New Features

xGPS 1.2 Screenshot 2A lot of new features have been added. We will not re-enumerate them again. You can find an exhaustive list in the previous pre-release post. One thing which hasn’t been mentioned is a new way to create itinerary called “Routes manager”. Using this function you can compute and save routes for offline use. It let you choose places and addresses as starting and ending point. Please notice that there is currently no support for routes with more than one starting and one ending points. It’s due to a Google limitation and we are working on it.

The new major improvement in this version is the voice instructions support. It uses a Text-To-Speech engine to convert text instructions to sound. So there is no way to change the voice yourself as it is not pre-recorded sound. We are working on a cleaner English voice which should be included in the subsequent releases.

Also please note that this version will delete any existing downloaded maps on your device .

xGPS Manager

A new version of xGPS manager is also released. It has been rewritten from scratch and should be more user-friendly and self-explanatory. It is available for Mac OS X and Windows. For Windows users, you should have the Java system installed. Be sure to have it installed (you can download it at the Java Sun Website) before installing xGPS Manager. The manager can be downloaded from the official xGPS website.

Official xGPS Website

xGPS Manager 1.0 ScreenshotA website for the project has also been developed. It is still in hard development and the only thing available now is the ability to download xGPS Manager. We want also to inform you that we are experiencing some servers problems and are making our best to solve them. That’s why the websites sometimes become unavailable.

Logo

We have also chosen one of the proposed logo. We would like to thank you all for your ideas and creations. It was very difficult to choose. The creator of the logo (which can be seen in the blog header) is: dna75. A big thanks to him!

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank all of you for your support and interest. Without you this project would not be in the state as it is today. We would like to restate that donations are still welcomed and allow us to offer xGPS for free and to afford servers costs. We would also to thank Thomas Heben and Fabio who are managing and answering all the questions of the forum, and even more! Thank you guys! Thanks go also to all the translators of xGPS. Thanks to them the project is translated in almost 25 languages! Impressive! Thanks go also to Demis Balbach for the amazing design of the website. Thanks also to ModMyI to host our project in their Cydia repository. Finally we would to thank you all the people we forgot to mention (sorry for that!). Without you this project would die.

One more thing…

As people always want to know the future. We will release and intermediate version some weeks later to fix translation problems which could have been occured and also minor bug fixes. You can still find exactly what is going to be fixed in subsequent releases by checking the TRAC website.