We went to the excellent overtheair event over the weekend, with an amazing concentration of mobile developers (and gadgets). Our entry to the 24-hour hack development contest was a bit of fun dreamt up by Richard Jones and Russ Anderson. Disappointed that someone had beaten them to it by working out how to connect a Wiimote to a phone handset via bluetooth, they decided to go one better and do away with the need for the Wiimote at all. Phone Fight let’s you wield your Nokia N95 like a sword, and fight your similarly equipped opponent, anywhere! No need for a connection, server or console. Instead the two phones connect directly to one another over bluetooth – and the built-in accelerometers detect your slashes and blocks. The judges liked it – we got prizes for Best Hardware hack, Best design / user experience prototype and (best of all) the Fun Award. Photos, videos and links to the software will be coming over the next few days.
For those quizzical about what virtual sword fighting over bluetooth has got to do with online travel or entertainment… yes we see what you mean, and please leave a comment if you have an amazing idea! But suffice to say that we believe mobile apps are going to get a lot more engaging over the next few years, and we’d like to be at the forefront.