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.