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In August, Samsung Electronics unveiled the Odyssey Ark, surprising the world with its groundbreaking curved gaming screen and providing an innovative and unique gaming experience to gamers everywhere. With a name like the “Odyssey Ark,” it made sense for Samsung to travel the world, by meeting with a variety of gamers, catching the eyes of media, influencers, gamers and technology enthusiasts alike.
The Ark Crew Set Off on Odyssey Ark’s First Journey
▲ The first Odyssey Ark event with the Ark Crew in Samsung 837, New York, U.S. and Samsung KX, London, U.K.
When the Odyssey Ark was introduced in August, Samsung 837, its flagship experience center in New York and Samsung KX in London celebrated with Odyssey Ark parties that brought together top gamers and esports pros, including SypherPK, Loughh, Stoopzz, Alyska, Calfreezy and Konstantin. Dubbed the “Ark Crew,” these gaming experts were the first to get a hands-on experience with the Odyssey Ark. They praised the Odyssey Ark for its unparalleled, immersive gaming experience.
Bringing a New Gaming Experience to Thailand, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand!
▲ The Odyssey Ark was introduced at the Samsung Display Tech Summit 2022 held in Bangkok, Thailand in September 2022.
After its initial launch, the Odyssey Ark took center stage at the Samsung Display Tech Summit 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand. Under the bright, shining lights, the Odyssey Ark took center stage at the Samsung Display Tech Summit 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Odyssey Ark booths, which were built using round pods inspired by the curved screen, attracted visitors’ attention and provided an incredibly immersive experience.
▲ At the Great Wall City Mall Pop-up Roadshow held in Singapore in October 2022, visitors could enjoy a racing game by using the Odyssey Ark.
In addition to captivating visitors at the summit, the Odyssey Ark wowed viewers at Siam Paragon Mall Game Festival Roadshow in Thailand and the Great Wall City Mall Pop-up Roadshow in Singapore in October.
▲ Odyssey Ark media event held in New Zealand in September 2022.
Local media in Australia and New Zealand also enjoyed a sneak peek of the Odyssey Ark at a preview event, getting hands-on experience with a racing game zone designed for an immersive experience through the 55-inch screen. The screen attracted a lot of attention and introduced the next-generation of gaming, one based on immersion and led by the Odyssey Ark.
Meeting Gamers Where They Are: Brasil Game Show, PAX West and TwitchCon
▲ The Odyssey Ark was installed at the Brasil Game Show 2022 held in São Paulo from October 6 to 12, 2022.
The Odyssey Ark was also featured at Brasil Game Show 2022, Latin America’s largest gaming show, held in São Paulo in October of this year. The Samsung booth showcased several models, including the Odyssey Ark and Odyssey Neo G9, in experience zones where gamers could see the difference Samsung can make. This was the first public debut of the Odyssey Ark, and it received a lot of fanfare.
Samsung’s tour through Latin America didn’t stop there: In the same month, gamers at the Argentina Game Show 2022 in Buenos Aires were mesmerized by the Odyssey Ark. During the exhibition, more than 100,000 attendees visited Samsung’s booth. Coscu, a famous gamer with more than four million subscribers, was one of them and helped attract more visitors to Samsung’s booth during the event.
▲ With over 250 Odyssey monitors at the event, gamers enjoyed immersive gameplay at PAX West Seattle held on September 2-5, 2022.
▲ Visitors gather around the Odyssey models installed at the TSM booth at TwitchCon San Diego held on October 5-7, 2022.
To connect with U.S. gamers, Samsung brought the Odyssey Ark to a number of popular gaming festivals, including PAX West held in Seattle and TwitchCon in San Diego. Samsung had more than 250 Odyssey monitors at PAX West’s PC Area. In particular, the dedicated Odyssey Ark booth built in collaboration with ReedPop impressed gamers with the 55-inch 1000R curved screen’s overwhelming presence, grabbing significant attention.
The Odyssey Ark continued its journey at TwitchCon in San Diego, where more than 30,000 well-known Twitch content creators gathered. Samsung partnered with esports organization TSM and gave attendees the opportunity to experience the Odyssey Ark, Odyssey Neo G9 and Odyssey G7.
Getting Smart at Smart Arena, Popping Off at POP CON and Being a Hero at HeroFest
▲ The Odyssey Ark launching show was held at the Smart Arena in Milan on September 22, 2022.
▲ Popular streamer Jakidale is broadcasting live footage of esports player Piz experiencing the Odyssey Ark. Right photo courtesy of piz.fn on Instagram.
Let’s move into Europe, one of the biggest gaming markets with many passionate gamers who were excited about the Odyssey Ark. In September, gamers and streamers were given a special look at the Odyssey lineup at the Smart Arena in Milan. Popular streamers and entertainers, including Jakidale and Bryan Box, along with esports team Morning Stars players Piz, Belix and Predage, tested the Odyssey Ark and shared their live reactions with their online audiences.
▲ The Odyssey Ark was installed at ZURICH POP CON in Zürich, Switzerland held on October 1 and 2, 2022.
The Odyssey Ark then journeyed to ZURICH POP CON in Zurich and HeroFest in Bern, followed by GameForce in Brussels and Dreamhack in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The Odyssey Ark booth was packed with people who wanted to get a firsthand experience with this groundbreaking and futuristic gaming screen.
Bringing the Gaming Soul to Seoul
After making stops around the world, the Odyssey Ark has landed in seven department stores across Seoul. Visitors can experience the Odyssey Ark’s unique features, including Multi View, Flex Move Screen and Gaming Hub.
The Odyssey Ark made a memorable impact in some of the world’s biggest gaming markets. Its incredible launch turned heads in gaming communities, signaling a new era of immersive gameplay. And this is just the beginning of the Odyssey Ark’s innovative journey.
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In Part 1 of this intro to Apache Cordova series, we were able to see how front-end developers could use standard web technologies to create cross-platform mobile applications, and the prerequisites to install Cordova in your dev environment.
In this second part we are focused on creating your first application with Cordova, and how to publish your app in the Samsung Galaxy Store.
Creating the App
After installing Cordova, you should go to the file directory where you maintain your source code. There, you can create a Cordova project. This would be a simple Hello World project, but would give you an idea of the file structure of a Cordova project, and the different parts that you can modify to obtain the functionality you are looking for.
In your terminal or command interface type:
cd pathToYourProjects After that:
cordova create CordovaProject com.example.hello CordovaApp
CordovaProject is the directory name where the app is created. com.example.hello is the default reverse domain value (package name). You should use your own domain name if possible. CordovaApp is the title of your app. This creates the required directory structure for your Cordova app. By default, the Cordova create script generates a skeletal web-based application whose home page is the project's www/index.html file.
Since Cordova works for multiple platforms, we have to add Android to the build settings. You need to open your project directory in the command prompt. In our example, it is the Cordova Project. You should only choose platforms that you need. To be able to use the specified platform, you need to have installed the specific platform SDK.
All subsequent commands need to be run within the project's directory, or any subdirectories:
Add the Android platform, since this is the target of app, and ensure they get saved to config.xml and package.json:
cordova platform add android You can also remove a platform from your project by using:
cordova platform rm android To make certain you have added all the platforms you are targeting you can type:
cordova platform ls
This should list all the added platforms for your current project.
Checking the Install pre-requisites for building
To build and run apps, you need to install SDKs for each platform you wish to target. Alternatively, if you are using browser for development you can use browser platform which does not require any platform SDKs.
To check if you satisfy requirements for building the platform that you just added:
This command should show you a result similar to this one:
Requirements check results for android: Java JDK: installed . Android SDK: installed Android target: installed android-19,android-21,android-22,android-23,Google Inc.:Google APIs:19,Google Inc.:Google APIs (x86 System Image):19,Google Inc.:Google APIs:23 Gradle: installed Building the App
This step builds the app for a specified platform so we can run it on mobile device or emulator.
If you have added more than one platform to your project, you can limit the scope of each build to specific platforms. For our example we should add 'android':
cordova build android Build for android platform in release mode and use the specified build configuration:
cordova build android --release --buildConfig=..\myBuildConfig.json Testing the App
Using Cordova’s emulator Now we can run our app. If you are using the default emulator you should use:
cordova emulate android
If you want to use the external emulator or real device you should use
cordova run android Publishing your APK
To check in detail how to take your binary files and publish them in the Samsung Galaxy Store, check this in-depth video:
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This is the third post in the series covering Samsung’s participation in the MIT’s Medicine Grand Hack. You can find the first post here, and the second post here.
The Promentia team was the Grand Prize Winner in the Mental Health and Professional Burnout track. Promentia’s project was an Alzheimer’s Disease prevention app, also named Promentia, with the tagline “Stay You.”
Promentia accepting their award
The team’s main point is that people do not realize that Alzheimer’s Disease is a highly delayable disease. More and more people are finding out that they are at higher risk of Alzheimer’s Disease as the popularity of at home genome services continues to rise.
Promentia demoing their app
They created a mobile prototype deployed on a Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and showed how they could use Samsung’s technology to develop a way to digitally enable Alzheimer’s disease prevention.
By monitoring the results from blood tests for six specific biomarkers scientifically proven to correlate to the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease (hsCRP, Homocysteine, Fasting insulin, Hemoglobin A1C, Fasting glucose, and Vitamin D), sleep, and exercise, the app tailors personalized feedback.
Personalized feedback provided by the app
The full team
This is the first product of its kind. Promentia’s goal was to make Alzheimer’s Disease prevention tactics more easily accessible to the general public, so you can Stay You.
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