U.S. Air Force journalists create Inauguration app – with livestream video

Two members of the U.S. Air Force have designed the app, “Inauguration,” an  ”everything you need to know” resource for the 57th Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 21. You’ll even be able to access a live-stream of the event via a redirect from CNN.

Click here to get the Joint Task Force – National Capital Region 57th Presidential Inauguration app.

Joint Task Force National Capitol Region Public Affairs

WASHINGTON — Apple Inc. released a cellphone application Monday designed by two airmen currently supporting Joint Task Force – National Capital Region Public Affairs.

The program, called “Inauguration,” is a free, user-friendly app that compiles news and other material related to the 57th Presidential Inauguration from a variety of official websites.

“Inauguration,” which was designed to distribute Department of Defense-released information on the inauguration, collects real time updates from websites linked to it, offering the latest press releases, videos and photographs covering the historic event and preparation for it. It contains a map of the inaugural parade route, complete with global positioning that automatically orients the map based on the user’s location, and icons that pinpoint medical stations, and indicate road closures and walking route.

The app also includes security information released by the secret service and lists items event-goers are prohibited from bringing with them on site.

On Inauguration Day, “Inauguration” will provide a live video stream of the event via a redirect from CNN.

Senior Airman Daniel Burkhardt, who codesigned the app, has been apart from his home station, Joint Base Andrews, Md., for the last week as just one of hundreds of Department of Defense military and civilian personnel sent to JTF – NCR in support of the inauguration.

To encode the app, Burkhardt harnessed the knowledge and skill he gained while completing a degree in network engineering prior to joining the Air Force more than two years ago. His supervisor from Joint Base Andrews, Staff Sgt. Christopher Bevins, created the graphics and videos for the program and gathered information for Burkhardt.

The program took them less than a week to create.

“It’s a huge opportunity,” said Burkhardt, a native of Perkasie, Pa., and a broadcast journalist assigned to 11th Wing Public Affairs. “I’m super excited that I could lend the experience I gained over six to eight months.”

Burkhardt based the application off one he has been working for the last few months to produce that will offer essential information on Joint Base Andrews to newcomers, visitors and family members.

“A lot of Airmen have smart phones,” said Burkhardt. “It’s a central place for all information regarding Andrews.”

Senior Airman Daniel Burkhardt (facing) and Staff Sgt. Christopher Bevins are Air Force broadcast journalists. The duo created the "Inauguration" app.


The Dale Chihuly app: Blow into your iPhone to create art

Dale Chihuly, the world renowned glass sculpture artist who splits his time between Seattle, Washington and the desert, now has his own app.

“The Chihuly App” – created by the Martin Agency, Inc. – is presented by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, where the artist’s Breathe Art Into Life exhibit is on display through Feb. 10.

And that’s kind of how the app works … you create colorful shapes by blowing into the iPhone or iPad, breathing life into your new work of art.

Click here to see a video demonstration of the app.

Chihuly, who created the Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala glass sculpture awards, attended the Variety Indie Impact Brunch at The Parker Palm Springs on Sunday.

He also fashioned the orange, vase-shaped Indie Impact award David O. Sullivan received at the Variety brunch.

He’s seen the the app – but he doesn’t have it on his phone – because he doesn’t have an iPhone, he said.

“I’m not very interested in electronic stuff,” the artist said.

Chihuly smiled and pulled a flip phone from his pocket.

“I was impressed by the app,” he added. “It’s really fun.”

Glass sculpture artist Dale Chihuly displays his flip phone at Variety's Indie Impact Brunch at The Parker Palm Springs on Jan. 6, 2013.