Version Reviewed: 1.1.0
App Reviewed on: iPad 3
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As readers know, parents often lend their devices to children to entertain them - be it at home as a quiet activity or while out and about to keep them calm and patient. Because of this, I am eager to let parents know about a new creative app called Duckie Deck Giggle Glass that allows children to use the camera on one’s iPhone or iPad to make interesting art within the space it occupies. What makes Giggle Glass quite special is the more than ten filters that create very special effects as children explore the world around them, including the ability to use one’s forward-facing camera for self portraits.
Duckie Deck Giggle Glass is highly intuitive for the smallest child to use as one sees his pictures within the center of the giggle magnifying glass, complete with a charming Duckie Deck face and simple, encouraging, language-neutral sounds and whimsical music - nice touches that young ones will appreciate.
Giggle Glass includes more than ten fun filters that one can swipe through, eyeing how these effects change the image one is looking at. There are fun house selections that distort one’s view in various ways. Do note the slider included within some of these selections as using it will change the effect. A few choices will make the image one is creating look pixelated - be it a higher resolution, finer grain of pixels where one can see the image at hand or larger sized pieces that begin to lose the details and definition in ways most interesting.
Filters are also included that translate images seen into a reversed black and white image, reminiscent of a black and white negative that can take on different looks as soon as one makes adjustments with the drag of a finger. Color is also in play here as one can change the way color is seen within the Giggle Glass, including swapping hues like red or orange to green, blue or purple for effects children will much enjoy.
My personal favorite digital lenses somehow add effects to the images at hand by strengthening the lines and details present in ways I find quite interesting. One specific choice creates an effect of adding sketch-like elements to people or objects, reminiscent to me of the effect seen in the animated movie A Scanner Darkly, creating portraits from simple snapshots that I found surprisingly touching.
Giggle Glass was a hit with the kids at my son’s bus stop where I took a few pictures of our neighbor's corgi or the cat from next door. I can imagine other children both old and young really enjoying taking pictures both inside as well as outside their homes. Parents will be happy to hear that users will have a chance to review each shot before saving to one’s camera roll automatically, minimizing the number of photos one may need to delete at a later time. Giggle Glass is an engaging app that will get kids eager to explore, keeping them occupied but off the couch, making it an app that is easy to recommend.