No doubt you have seen my use of a Palm Z22 to record my bridge sessions at the club. You may not know that one of the original intentions of this software was to enable a session to be scored at the end of the evening by having one of these devices on each table, a kind of poor man's BridgeMate.
My interest in table top scoring has recently been rekindled by an article posted to the BridgeWebs forums announcing a product called "BridgeTabs". This uses cheap 7" Android tablets as the table top device. I've been thinking if I could write a similar App to work with my KBS software to score a session on the night. Until recently I have not had access to any device running Android, I don't have a smart phone or tablet. However my son does and he has swapped his tablet (A Kindle Fire) for my laptop. I took this for a test drive on Sunday afternoon, downloading the free development software, Android Studio, and reading the various tutorials. I did managed to write my first app that mimics the contract input screen from the Palm based scorer (Biff) and execute it on the Kindle.
I like the idea of wireless scoring, it has many advantages, mostly that it removes the need for the manual inputting of the travellers into the scoring program. Of course the main disadvantage is the cost. However cheap tablets are cheap coming in at around £50.00 each, that's well under half the cost of a BridgeMate. Also as the KBS software runs on Linux you don't need an expensive laptop to run the scoring software, but could use a Raspberry Pi 2 commanding a price of £35.00.
Anyway early days and early thoughts. I have at least already decided on the App name, Snout. As with all my software, if it gets finished, it will be open source, free to download and modify and useable by all not for profit bridge clubs.