Cargo Bot is the first program coded straight from the iPad using Codea
Today’s iPad.Cargo Bot for iPad
Cargo Bot is the game. It’s a strategy game that has you moving boxes from one platform to the next. You have to program the machine with instructions. The least amount of instruction to put the boxes in proper order wins the round.Codea Coding on iPad
Program an iPad app using Codea
Cargo Bot was coded using a program called Codea. Codea uses a vector graphics and imaging engine that can let you make anything from boxes to bugs. Characters for your brick busting game, or your 3rd person adventure game.
Codea also has a forum, filled with other coders putting together iPad apps. You can grab open source projects to make your own programs, or just learn the software. Codea is built on the Lua programming language. More important, you don’t need a Mac to create programs. All you need is an iPad.
The program cannot accept certain things like photos, JSON or XML just yet. Future releases could support these functions, to make it a really powerful creation engine.
Codea is $9.99 in the app store. It’s brought to you by Two Lives LeftOcta iPad Whale Tail Vacuum Dock Suction Cup Stand
Octa Whale Tail Vacuum Cup Stand
I also show off a different type of stand. Octa Whale Tail is a suction cup stand that can affix to your iPad or a case (if it’s not porous). Put the base on, then push the button to add suction. In using the iPad this way, I felt this was more ergonomic and I could hold it a lot longer.
However, if you remove the rubber cap, and put on the Whale tail, you have a really nice iPad stand. Best part – when I was sitting on the couch, I positioned the tail on my leg, and the iPad was setting upright more. That way, I could read, or watch a video without having to hold the tablet, and relax more.
Octa does more than just iPad. It can work with any tablet on a non-porous surface. Try this – Suction the Vacuum dock to a wall, then use the tail to hold the iPad.
You can get Octa Whale Tail on Amazon for $49.95.
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