Sunday, March 13, 2011

Rover v3.0 is in development

It's been more than two years, so if anyone's even still reading this, I bet you weren't expecting to see anything. However, I am now working on v3.0. Here's what inspired it:
It's an old 7" Android tablet running a fairly old version of the Droid OS, which I've replaced with a 10" tablet of a much more current version of the OS.  So I mounted it on the wall.  As you can see, Rover on it looks brilliant, but isn't very fingertip-friendly.  So I am working on a new version of Rover which will be much more suited, and which might not work on some really old browsers that other display types of Rover work in.

As of this writing, I have developed a new grid layout, along with a new set of icons.  Here's an example of what things are looking like:

It also includes a new options setting for hiding the dimming controls for dimmable items.

Still to come:
  • A better way to handle snippets fitting in with the grid layout.
  • A new navigation bar at the bottom which replaces the long list of locations with some pull-down menus (since we're counting on newer browsers for this anyway).
  • Something like Tricks, by which you can create a "virtual" location that is ultimately a collection of devices, events, and links, each of which appears in one cell in the grid.  This lets you organize a screen as you see fit, regardless of how locations are organized in HomeSeer.
I'm not sure how long it will take.  So far my progress is very encouraging.