Frigo Magic is a smartphone application developed to help young French people cook recipes based on the ingredients they already have at home.
Making our app with Kinoma software
During the same time, I built a simple project with Kinoma Create by using a barometer sensor and pushing the result to connected server. I’m a former Kinoma engineer and a big fan of Kinoma Create.
When Kinoma open sourced the full KinomaJS tree in March, I conducted tests on iOS and Android. I got some very good results in terms of development speed and performance.
I tried the Android version (with no code change, just the build) and got the same good result.
By the beginning of April, I decided to move Frigo Magic from Apache Cordova to KinomaJS. It took me less than three weeks, in part because the UI development was really easy. I wrote my own plugin to implement access to some internal data (iOS/Android version, UUID, Token…) and to implement a SQLiteDatabase (I was using WebSQL with Cordova).
The experience was great. The second version of Frigo Magic (1.1), was published in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store at the beginning of May.
Though the KinomaJS documentation is sparse in places, it is easy to figure how to code stuff, especially searching through Kinoma Create samples. The only problems I encountered were due to the use of Ant and CMake which are somewhat difficult to understand and to follow.
Version 1.3, and what’s next
Version 1.3 of Frigo Magic is now in the app stores, and it implements Facebook login (using KinomaJS webview) and Google Analytics API.
One of my next goals is to run webkool inside a KinomaJS app, but we are currently focused on developing the Frigo Magic business.
Recognition for Frigo Magic
It’s been going well! We were honored to participate in TEDxRennes, presenting our work on Frigo Magic.
And we’re gaining followers on Facebook.
The app is localized only in French at this time because recipes and ingredients are cultural. We would need to partner with others who know cooking in other cultures in order to build recipes for countries beyond France.
Small & mighty team
One last thing: we are only two people running Frigo Magic. Christophe is the cook, and I am the developer.
Christophe Boisselier is a wine consultant to businesses and individuals, provides instruction at Faculty of trades Ker Lann for those entering the sommelier profession, provides introduction to wine tasting at the Atelier des Chefs in Rennes, and advises Wine Fair Centre Leclerc. He has worked as sommelier for multiple Michelin starred restaurant, was the main sommelier of Alain Passard (L’Arpège), was named Best Sommelier of Britain 1987, and Sommelier of 1990.