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WVU Student Creates Outdoors App

May 24, 2012
By MICHAEL ERB , merb@newsandsentinel.com

PARKERSBURG, WV - For sportsman with mobile media, hunting and fishing regulations are just a touch away.

Ken Cobb, a student at West Virginia University at Parkersburg, created an app which gathers outdoors regulations from all 50 states, giving hunters and fishermen access through their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

The "Outdoor Rules Regulations & Seasons" can be purchased through iTunes or the Apple App store. Information and links to the app can be found through Cobb's site, www.outdoorrules.com. The cost is $1.99.

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Ken Cobb, a student at WVU at Parkersburg, created an app which gathers outdoors
regulations from all 50 states, giving
hunters and fishermen access
through their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

Cobb, who lives in Vienna, WV and is studying computer science and software engineering at WVU-P, said it took him about two weeks to create code for the app, but added he has since been refining the program. The app first launched in February of 2011.

"I bought some books from Amazon and taught myself," how to create an app, he said. "It's been a learning experience. I do plan to do other apps as well."

The idea, he said, came from his own hobbies and interests.

"I like to fish," he said. Outdoors enthusiasts "is a huge market, and still mostly untapped," by app developers.

Cobb said having the regulations electronically makes them more portable, more environmentally friendly and easier to update.

"My hope is eventually all of the states go electronic instead of printing new pamphlets every time they update the regulations," he said.

As part of the purchase price of the app, Cobb keeps the regulations updated on his site. An upgrade in the recently-released version 7 allows the app to send push notifications to users, telling them instantly when changes have been made.

Cobb said the $1.99 price tag covers the cost of keeping the regulation books on his server and updating the apps as a subscription server.

"Really, you are paying for the service," he said.

The push notifications add to that value, he said, by instantly updating users when the regulations are updated.

"This is the perfect app for anglers, hunters, even DNR agents," he said. "It is a really useful tool."

So far Cobb has seen his app downloaded a few thousand times, but hopes as more people become aware of its availability its use will increase.

"I'd like to see that in the 100,000 (downloads) range," he said.

The Outdoors App isn't Cobb's only foray into the world of apps. He also created one called "US Armed Forces Enlisted Jobs" that compiles lists of available military jobs and their descriptions. Cobb said he is working on other app projects and is looking for a partner to help code his existing apps for the Android system.

For more information on Cobb's apps, visit www.outdoorrules.com.

 
 

 

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