One of the fun things about being a developer at Vensi is the different types of projects we have the opportunity to work on. Working for Vensi allows mobile app developers to really stretch their talents and find unique ways to solve problems for clients. They often have the chance to show off their technical expertise by being able to help clients get their technology working for them exactly as they envision it.
Vensi is a highly specialized, mobile application developer whose clients rely on their expertise for improving efficiency in operations and providing visionary solutions that escalate the functionality of technology. Our developers are excited to use this blog as a way to share stories about their challenges and accomplishments.
The challenge for Vensi developers:
Vensi’s client needed a medical monitor and control app developed so that they could use an iPad to connect to a medical monitoring device using Bluetooth technology for data transfer. Standard protocols in the iPad’s Bluetooth drivers only allowed them to connect to a headset, not for data transfer. In order to meet the client’s needs, Vensi developers had to jailbreak the iPad and install open-source Bluetooth drivers so that the iPad could communicate more openly.
The solution Vensi developers were able to provide:
Vensi developers conducted weeks of research to determine the best approach, adapting open source technology and rewriting code in order to meet their needs. They used existing technology to jailbreak the iPad, in order to access the Bluetooth drivers. The developers had to work closely with the client; not only was the solution revolutionary, but it required constant feedback and testing by the client to test the functionality of the design. Vensi implemented the client’s feedback, to modify the design and the components, to improve the functionality of the iPad for this unique use.
Why Vensi developers love these kinds of projects:
While it involved a lot of late nights and weekends, the work was ultimately extremely satisfying and challenging. According to the developer leading the project, “There was really nothing ordinary about this project. Every step of the way, we had to create and adapt the tools we would need to make it work successfully for the client.”
Vensi’s take on jailbreaking:
Jailbreaking is the street term used to describe accessing ‘superuser’ permissions on an Apple device: giving the user access to all levels of the device’s functionality. While jailbreaking can be done for unethical purposes, Vensi developers use jailbreaking technology in order to access needed functionality, to be able to meet client needs.
The U.S. Copyright Office, which governs jailbreaking (officially termed “circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works”), has determined that this activity, when performed in order “to make non-infringing uses of those works,” does not violate copyright or break the law. Vensi supports this decision by the U.S. Copyright Office, which, in addition to mobile application technology, also covers computer programs and video games. This allows developers to advance and enhance the use of this technology in ways that can benefit everyone.
You can read the entire U.S. Copyright Office decision here.