X-Fi 2 Application Development Kit Released by Creative
With all the app stores out there, perhaps there is room for one more. Creative sure hopes so, and with the release of this ADK (or as most refer to them, a Software Development Kit, or SDK), they are providing developers with the tools required to create full fledged applications as well as customizations for the ZEN X-Fi2 player.
ZEN X-Fi2 is Creative's challenge to Apple's iPod Touch. It features 3 inch touchscreen, and can play music and videos, supports common image formats, and enables users to download their favorite RSS feeds, which can then be displayed on the device's screen. It's expandable via a microSD slot, and by using an A/V cable, can be displayed on a TV screen. It also includes a radio with 32 presets, a voice recorder, alarm, games, utilities and apparently, the ability to run new applications.
The ZEN X-Fi2 ADK is based on Lua, a scripting language that is commonly used to develop games. According to Creative, Lua "combines simple procedural syntax with powerful data description constructs based on associative arrays and extensible semantics. Lua is dynamically typed, runs by interpreting byte-code for a register-based virtual machine and has automatic memory management with incremental garbage collection. Thus, making it ideal for configuration and rapid prototyping."
There is no word from Creative if the ADK will be supported by its upcoming Zii Egg, which will have music and video playback capabilities, a GPS, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, and an HD camera on the back.