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Archive of entries posted on September 2010

Numpty Physics for Symbian

The fabulous NumptyPhysics game by Tim Edmonds for Linux and Internet Tablets. It was also one of my favo0rite games on N810, and now it’s ported to your  Symbian^1 phones :)

Numpty Physics is a drawing puzzle game in the spirit (and style?) of Crayon Physics using the same excellent Box2D engine.

Keys:

  • stylus/finger   –   draw a new stroke
  • tap proximity sensor   –   undo last stroke
  • volume up   –   menu
  • volume down  –    reset level to initial state
  • long tap left/right corners to get extra menu options (you really don’t need these)

numptyphysics start up screen

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Using the proximity sensor as a button

The Proximity sensor is usually used to detect when the phone is near of the user’s ear, so the display can be turned off when speaking into the phone. The Symbian OS has an API for the proximity sensor, so it can also be used as a button.

My experience from the proximity sensor suggest that you shouldn’t use it when you are needing a high resolution refresh rates for the button( action games), since the API gives updates only few times in a second.

The Proximity sensor is located near the ear piece on the phone

Using the API

The Proximity sensor can be used via sensor framework. See this forum.nokia example http://wiki.forum.nokia.com/index.php/S60_Sensor_Framework )

Initializing the proximity sensor can be done with following snippet

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EQ is making progress with PSX4ALL

My friend EQ has taken my psx4all dynarec port source, and after that he has added Opengl ES 1.1 support, and fixed few bugs.

He is using N95, which has hardware Opengl ES 1.1 support. I think that it’s running quite well already. Very good job EQ!