Technology and TerpTools

TerpTimer in the Android Market

Although, in my last post favored, I argued for the open web. I still do favor this overall; though, to stretch myself a bit, I’ve coded a version on the TerpTimer for Android using PhoneGap and released it to the market. Though I do feel like I’m cheating, it does offer some advantages. If I decide to add the full build out of TerpTools to the mix, the code is closer to the hardware.

The problem I’m looking to solve  is alerting the interpreters of an impeding session change. The interpreter in the rest/support role should not have to look down at the phone. This is just distracting during a teamed assignment. Additionally, the screen should not stay on the entire time. That eats up the battery. So I’m looking bit better hardware control for the next few versions.

Install from: AppBrain or AndroidZoom

TerpTimer’s Logger

The TerpTimer Logger area now shows the last 10 entries logged for the workday. It includes a time stamp, GPS coordinate, and activity.

The TerpTimer Logger area now shows the last 10 entries logged for the workday. It includes a time stamp, GPS coordinate, and activity. Activities are still up for debate at the moment. At current they include two main categories Transit and Job Site and sub categories Arrived, In transit, and Departing Future development may lead to custom activities that an interpreter or agency could preset.

The idea is to use this data for a number of things. Once the data is exported and GPS coordinates mapped, a freelance interpreter could reconstruct the workday for easier billing and schedule tracking. Agencies might find use for this data in the arrogate and resource deployment.

Future development will include an export feature to one’s desktop. Other thoughts include  showing the last three to five locations pinned to a map on the handheld.

TerpTimer, progress and screen shots

Various interpreters requested additional features such as

  1. The ability to adjust the time interval between shifts
  2. A method to quickly add or subtract time during the count down
  3. and, a log to keep track of your daily activities for easier billing

As you may see below, I’ve attempted to add these features. The following are screen shots taken from the Android emulator. Because this is designed using HTML5 standards (jQueryMobile and SQLite), this application should work across any modern mobile or desktop browser.

TerpTimer counting down

At this stage, the code is still in development but I hope to have a wider release soon. But the for the time being, I’d still like feed back from other interpreters.