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“A wise robot once said to me through Serial.println- that robots teach us about ourselves.”

KiloWhatt iPhone App!

An App that I’ve been working on for several months now has finally been released onto the App store! It’s called KiloWhatt! The purpose of KiloWhatt is to assist in the general understanding of the relationships between power, energy, usage and cost.

Once these relationships are understood, the ultimate goal is for people to observe which categories they consume the most energy. Decreasing our energy consumption to conserve as much as possible based off of this understanding will be very efficient and effective. As the Law of Conservation of Energy states:
“Energy cannot be created or destroyed, only converted from one form to another”. ^_^

Building this App was definitely a tribute to the incremental development approach. It started off from a simple SQLite3 todo list! I kept adding on more aspects once one thing was working. Though, at one point it did seem like there was more debugging going on than actual development. That’s learning, I suppose. :D

When I was finishing off the App, a lot of time was spent on the design. The table views have nice backgrounds and overlays, so that you don’t get that standard iPhone UI feel when you’re in the App. The App needed something nice so that people can show it off to their friends as something different! ;)

Another thing- the Info tab on KiloWhatt does exactly what the name entails. It gives you more information! There’s sections in there to read about the various components about the App. The info section is definitely a vital part of any App, and I hope that this is more fulfilling than a simple version number and website info page. ;)

Of course, there are still some improvements to be made. These will be coming with version releases. =) Oh yeah, and the little icon for the ‘Electronics’ category intentionally looks like an iMac G4 (haha)!

With that being said, go and check it out on the

App store

and let me know how you like it. =)

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