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Tech Grad Develops New iPhone Camera App

SOCORRO, N.M. February 14, 2013– New Mexico Tech graduate Jeremiah Gage has an app for all you iPhone users.

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Available in the App Store, Crazy Camera gives users more than a thousand possible visual effects to apply to your camera in real-time.

Crazy Camera allows users to apply a dizzying combination of filters and effects to camera images. Filters include perspective, rotated & reflected tiles, kaleidoscope, light tunnel, twirl, pinch, black hole, circular & dot screen, inverted color, heat map, and many more. Click here for a Youtube video that demonstrates the app's capabilities.

“What makes this app stand out is that you are applying the filters and effects in real-time as you’re taking a picture,” Gage said. “So, you hold up your phone and play with the filters and move them around or pinch to zoom. You can really create some interesting combinations.

Just like a normal camera, Crazy Camera can save snapshots to the camera roll or share them through email, Facebook, or Twitter. Also included is the ability to use the front camera and the camera light. Turn on the audio visualizer to dynamically change the image based on the ambient noise level.

Gage’s future development plans include high-resolution photos, Instagram integration, better landscape support, improved audio visualizer, and more filters.

“To me, it’s a tool to generate art work, not necessarily for photographs,” he said. “You can randomize the effects too, which really shows you how versatile it is. I really love that tool.”

Getting an app into the Apple Store isn’t as easy as just submitting an idea. Gage had submitted a previous idea that was rejected. With the Crazy Camera app, he hadn’t even intended to market the tool.

“I just wanted to develop a display that’s a combination of all inputs,” he said. “I was just playing around, but when I showed it to my friends, they really loved it.”

With a few refinements, he thought he’d give it a shot and submit Crazy Camera to Apple.

“They want apps that uses or promotes the features of the device, like the camera – something more than you can do on a website,” he said. “Apple has been raising the bar for apps since taking off. They want high-quality apps that are well-tested on all devices, that run fast and that look good.”

The app also has to meet the Human Interface Guidelines, which include specifications such as the minimum area for touch-screen functions and other rules.

“If you’re a programmer, it’s really easy,” he said. “Apple makes it incredibly easy to write an app. You can even do interface without ever writing code.”

Gage first started learning about programming on his own while playing around with AOL progs (the precursors to apps). In high school, he enrolled in classes through the Career Enrichment Center, a magnet facility operated by Albuquerque Public Schools, where he leraned formal coding and object-oriented tasks.

After graduating from Eldorado High School in Albuquerque in 2001, Gage earned a bachelor’s in math, with a minor in psychology in 2005.

He originally was a computer science major, “but I switched to math because I thought it was easier,”

Programming is still an active hobby for Gage. “I’ll just sit at my computer and come up with something.”

Programming is also his job. He works for Apex Education, an Albuquerque company that creates programs for school districts that allow them to evaluate their educational efforts. Gage typically creates data-collection tools to be used by school-based health centers. He started working at Apex when he was a senior in high school and has been there ever since.

“Programming is a skill and takes a lot of trial and error,” he said. “The downside is that it can be complex and you run into tricky problems. The upside is that you get to be creative and have a device do whatever you want it to do.”

– NMT –

By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech

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