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Christoph Griehl
Passionate Web-Developer looking forward to new interesting projects
Aug 23, 2020 - 2 min read

Gigi, a fresh start to audio-guides

Gigi, the dynamic and spontanious tourguide

While being locked down I invested the last couple of months into a new exciting project. Gigi is the newest idea of the Karlsruhe entreupreneur Jan H. and a great product to explore a new city or landscape anywhere. If you ever find yourself lost again just start up Gigi and the app tells you about all the interesting sights in your track. You are encouraged to explore on your own and be guided by Gigi on your side.

A classic native iOS-App

I have made many new experiences on this project and it has been a great opportunity to dive deep into a tech-stack that I have only had very little knowledge about before. Besides a new programming language, IDE, framework and OS the first challenge ahead was a different one. Initially I had a late 2012 MacMini in storage for any work I had to do concerning iOS & MacOS. Unfortunatly, my trustworthy friend went to the Apple-Cloud with a bang and was not booting but running air with the sound of an airplane. Long story short, I was not able to bring him back again.

A Mac with Ryzen 3600?

From a friend of mine I heard about the "OpenVanillaCore"-Project. An open-source kit to build an Hackintosh and even better with the latest Ryzen-Processor that just came out. When tinkering on the OS-level I trusted my fried with his tip to avoid the usually common "Clover" for these builds also because they only allow for Intel processors. With great help from the community at I was able to equip my most recent PC (Ryzen 3600, Radeon RX 5700, MSI 570) with the rootkit, the needed kernel-extensions and a config.plist that fits this setup. I mainly followed this guide and went to through all information that gave me the idea to do this project on c't. What can I say, it worked great! Even though researching the single extensions and configuring the right config.plist was the most time intensive, with the help of the community it was not nearly as hard as I expected it to be.


Update from November

Still runing smoothly. I have managed all upgrades even on big sur without any problems whatsoever. Some functionalities dont work properly like the messenger and only discord has been weirdly quiting on me, but other than that I am completly surprised by how smooth things have been going.

Beta starts soon

Its great to see Gigi getting shaped into a great and special app. I ordered the new IPhone SE today to be a part of the open beta that starts any day. I am sure that soon there will be a chance for you to explore it too. If you wish any more information about Gigi check out their webpage or maybe you are wondering about my new PC-build then just write me.

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