App brings Frisco Bay thrills home
The America's Cup is being raced on San Francisco Bay but you can watch it on Caroline Bay thanks to Timaru man Jamie Sugrue.
He has developed an application for an android phone that allows you to ride along in the big catamarans in 3-D.
The laid-back software developer thinks it is no big deal.
The work was contracted to Dunedin company, Animation Research, run by Ian Taylor who developed the Virtual Eye systems for cricket and tennis.
Sugrue said a mutual friend suggested his name to Animation Research. The project was really fun to work on, he said.
"It wasn't my idea.
"Basically it was converting an iPhone app to android, but it took a bit of tweaking."
Other features were also added.
When there is no racing the app shows videos and history, but when the racing is on it offers live on-board video, computer graphics showing boat and wind speeds.
"You can also watch a replay of the start in 3-D and it's free to download."
Sugrue said it was great to be able work in Timaru on apps that were used worldwide.
"It shows with this sort of work it can be done here.
"You don't have to be in a big city."
The software developer said the America's Cup was something lots of people could relate to.
"Some of my [other] work you can talk about and people's eyes glaze over but I guess you get that in specialised industries," he said.
Sugrue has been working on mobile apps for the past five years and been a developer for more than 15 years.
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