Past Project

Emoji Chess Keyboard

Emoji Chess Keyboard

Play chess from any messaging app! Keyboard extension for iOS.

In late 2015, I noticed a set of tweets circulating of people playing chess using Emojis in iMessage.

After trying it out for myself, I beceame immediately exhausted by the process of removing and inserting emojis manually with the Emoji keyboard, and decided it would be less effort to make a tool to do the hard stuff for me. With iOS custom keyboards emerging around that time, I took a weekend off from ALEC to throw together Emoji Chess Keyboard.

Unsure of whether Apple would approve of the concept, I hastily submitted a working prototype, which actually ended up getting approved.

Shortly after, I submitted a second version which then cleaned up some of the rough edges and added polish. Unfortunately, Apple decided they no longer liked the concept, and rejected every re-submission and appeal request I made. I’ve accepted that 1.1 will never see the light of day.

Emoji Chess Keyboard - Drag pieces around from your keyboard

Emoji Chess Keyboard - Simple hit 'Send' to take your turn

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More Info:

Emoji Chess Keyboard on the App Store

Older Work

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ALEC Korean-English Chat

ALEC Korean-English Chat

A language exchange service. Universal iOS app, Rails backend.

Newer Work

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Cleaning Game - Art

In March 2016, I decided to take a look into Apple’s game technologies, SpriteKit and SceneKit, by working on a game with a simple idea: Control a small robot to clean your house.

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