This post is by Graham Hughes, our high school intern who recently published Wonder Rush, his first app, to the App Store. Graham is a rising senior at Woodside Priory High School in Portola Valley, CA. He is passionate about robotics and enjoys backpacking and reading old absurdist literature in his free time. He worked on this project completely independently with a bit of inspiration from Dash and mentorship by software engineers at Wonder Workshop. We are incredibly proud of him and can’t wait to play with the robot he builds next!
I have spent the last three years of high school as a computer aided designer on my FIRST Robotics Team. This summer I interned at Wonder Workshop as an app developer to improve my programming ability. When I began working here this summer, my mentor Orion prompted me to design a simple control scheme for Dash in order to familiarize myself with C#. That small project blossomed over the summer into Wonder Rush.
As the sole developer of Wonder Rush, I was in charge of programming, designing a visually appealing layout, modifying art for icons, buttons, and backgrounds, creating immersive animations, editing audio clips, and ensuring legal compliance. It was a huge project, and I thank Orion, Leisen, and all the other awesome people on the Wonder Workshop crew for helping me make it happen!
You can download Wonder Rush, a new app for Dash, in the App Store! Wonder Rush provides Dash with an entirely new dimension of play designed to unleash kids’ creativity with four unique control themes: Supercar, Tank, UFO, and Horse. The app uses Dash’s onboard sounds, lights, and movements to provide an immersive and entertaining experience.
After I finish my internship this summer, I am hoping to apply some of my new skills to designing a graphical user interface for a project I am working on with a friend. Our goal is to build a cheap, small, and reliable humanoid robot that can climbs stairs, open doors, and interact with a variety of objects in a human environment.