CCV – Final Resolution

So, you may remember the nightmare I had over integrating a payment device into a self service application I was developing for a European client at work. Well… I finally got resolution to the issue, and it turned out to be a faulty terminal.  Once the terminal was sent back to CCV in Germany and repaired the development couldn’t have gone any smoother.   Really … Continue reading CCV – Final Resolution

Home automation with Xamarin and SignalR

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or some time now I have been expanding my knowledge of developing software for mobile; and a few years ago I stumbled upon Xamarin (formally at the time known as MonoTouch).  I had developed some cool apps for clients using the product (including ING Bank, Leicestershire Tigers and more), and was able to leverage all of my past programming in C# to hit the ground … Continue reading Home automation with Xamarin and SignalR

Scanning a document in C# with an Epson DS-30

Bit of a random one today – extremely last minute into one of my projects I have been asked to integrate a consumer grade Epson DS-30. The first problem, the scanner needs to be controlled with one click – which is actually done by a remote user (that’s a whole other story – and the solution has already been resolved for that).  However after reading … Continue reading Scanning a document in C# with an Epson DS-30

Digital Mirror created in C#

A few years back I was heavily involved in retail based projects, developing experiential systems for fashion retailers and telecommunications giants.  One of the projects which I worked on was the development of a digital mirror which enabled the user to see themselves from all angles in a delayed mirror mode.  The solution was integrated with a mobile application written in Objective-C which also allowed … Continue reading Digital Mirror created in C#

CCV – Chip & Pin Terminal – Activation Nightmare

So am currently finalising a large project for a full self-service solution for one of the company’s clients and the last part of the puzzle is integration of the Chip & PIN device provided by CCV. The device came directly from CCV in Germany, and also arrived with no documentation other than a vendor protocol specification for EPOS integration via a link to a website … Continue reading CCV – Chip & Pin Terminal – Activation Nightmare

Self Service Vehicle Insurance – Allowing customers to purchase insurance policies on kiosks

One of the projects I have been working on recently has been a kiosk solution for the sale of insurance from self service kiosks.  The solution I have developed has been created in WPF and C#. The solution has been designed to work in a standard client / server architecture, and on the kiosk side works with the following devices: MEI SC Advance – A … Continue reading Self Service Vehicle Insurance – Allowing customers to purchase insurance policies on kiosks

Something Different – Getting away from the keyboard

So the other day I got to visit the great Queen Mary 2 cruise ship in Southampton as part of job (it’s that time of the year where engineers are on annual leave). It was really great to see a software solution that I wrote, for all UK based cruise ships, in action. I had to step away from usual day of programming and replace … Continue reading Something Different – Getting away from the keyboard

Voice Recognition with C#

So been playing for the last 6 months on and off with Voice Recognition with C# for a personal home automation project I have named Jasmine. The solution works well, however I have had to go through quite a few API’s to get find the best approach.  I initially tried to use Microsoft Speech Recognition to achieve what I wanted, however I found that even … Continue reading Voice Recognition with C#