Making Timelapses of London with Galileo

In April 2012, I backed my first ever Kickstarter campaign. It’s name was Galileo and my main interest in the product was using it for moving time lapse photography, particularly at that year’s KingsStock Music Festival.

However, as I would soon learn about Kickstarter, not all projects produce the rewards as soon as you’d hope. Either way, in July this year, I received the Galileo in the post! So I popped my 4th generation iPod Touch and started doing some crazy stuff in my room. As you’d expect, most of it wasn’t very good and wasn’t of use to anyone. But I was getting used to how it worked.

I’d stopped using my iPod Touch regularly when I got my HTC One, and in addition the battery life of the device was rather short. This wasn’t great for working with the Galileo as it’s partially powered by the iOS device that’s plugged into it. I set about finding an external USB battery pack that I could use to power the Galileo and the iPod. At The Gadget Show Live @ Christmas at the beginning of this month, I bought a Energenie (for £25). It turns out that it worked very well with the two, so I set off into Central London to start putting it to good use.

On Saturday 9th November it was the Lord Mayors Parade and Fireworks display, so I hopped down to the Thames and set up shop. In the same evening, I visited St Paul’s Cathedral and Leicester Square.

The next day, I headed to Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade, Trafalgar Square and Regent Street.

I’ve done a couple of quick and dirty edits to show off what I managed to achieve when wondering around some London landmarks.

I captured 12 videos, each of about 2 to 3 minutes in length. I’m hoping to capture some more this month then edit them all together properly.

Nominated for the Best Student Radio Chart Show Award 2013!

On 21st October 2012, Ray Crowther and I presented the Student Radio Chart Show to 28 student stations across the country, produced by Rachel Goodwin.

We entered the Student Radio Awards at the beginning of the summer. We put an entry in for the Best Student Radio Chart Show Award and found out on Wednesday (9th October) that we have been nominated!

We were one of six stations to be nominated and we’ll be at the awards in London’s indigO2 on 7th November to find out if we’ve won!

Here’s the entry we submitted, which was edited by Producer Rachel.


You can also listen to our Top 10 countdowns for the Flirt! and Emerging Icons Chart.



You can view the full list of nominees for all the Student Radio Awards 2013 on the SRA’s website.

Radioplayer Tablet Apps Launch

Since starting my job as Quality Assurance Engineer at All In Media, one of the big clients we’ve been working with has been Radioplayer.

I’ve blogged a couple of times about Radioplayer, so I was very excited to be working with Mike and Leo again.

Radioplayer launched their desktop app in 2011, followed by their mobile apps last summer. So the next step was of course tablets.

As far as we can tell, people in the UK currently do between 10-15% of their web browsing on tablets.  And when they are using their tablets, they tend to linger longer on them, than they do on their PCs or phones. [Source: Radioplayer]

The new apps, for Android and iOS, are all about discovering new stations and getting more from the stations you choose to listen to.

The main highlights are an enlarged station view, columns for all the stations to pick and a supercharged search function.

My job throughout the project was to test the app and ensure that it met the client’s expectations. I even managed the project from our end for a week whilst my boss was away! So after many hours going through a 100+ point test list, the apps are ready to use.

Mike Hill, MD of UK Radioplayer Ltd, has done a short demonstration of the new iPad layout.

Go ahead and download them for Android tablets and iOS (iPhone & iPad).

And if you feel it’s good enough to shout about, why not give it a review in the relevant app stores.

I am very proud to have been part of the team that has brought this app to life and hopefully everyone will appreciate and love what we’ve done.

Reviews & Features

Since the app’s official launch on Wednesday 25th September, The Guardian put the app in their “20 best Android (iPhone and iPad) apps this week” articles! We were even above FIFA 14 in the iOS list! Check them out: iPhone & iPadAndroid

James Cridland, of MediaUK and one of the pre-release testers, wrote a review of the app on his blog:

James also spoke to Mike Hill about the mechanics behind the recommendations engine:

On Tuesday 1st October, Lucy Hedges gave her review of the Radioplayer app on Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6Music show.

These comments are those of me (Oliver Needham) and not those of my employer, nor the client.