Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 6th, 2015 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Gutenbergz Inc. wanted kids to learn more about technology, so they created Gadgetarium – an Interactive Children’s Book About Technology. The app was fully funded through a Kickstarter campaign in 2013 and has just been released for iOS.
Gadgetarium takes children, 6 years and older, through the history of technology; from the creation of the wheel to radios, microscopes, and more. The inventions can be viewed as 3D models that can be played with to learn more about them, and users are guided through their discoveries by a boy and his pet pug.
Gadgetarium also offers the ability to mix different gadgets to create new inventions to help foster curiosity and creativity. You can pick it up for $1.99 on the App Store.
We live in a three-dimensional world, but could there possibly be more than that, ones we can’t perceive? Definitely. Want to try to perceive them? Then download The Fourth Dimension. This interactive app explains what how a fourth spatial dimension would interact with ours, and how we would see it in a three-dimensional context, by partially comparing it to how objects can appear three-dimensional in a two-dimensional plane (like any 3D video game, or just a drawing of a cube on a piece of paper), and expanding it out to a fourth-dimensional object’s projection into three-dimesnions.
Or at least I think that’s how it works. It’s all very hard to grasp. Thankfully, the app authors tackle the subject with a goofy wit that should help keep users’ brains from melting into goo. The ability to interact with shapes, and get a feel for how fourth-dimensional tesseracts would appear in a three-dimensional world lends the app a degree of helpfulness that a scientific book, or even a novella like Flatland cannot.
Newly released for the iPhone comes Snow White, a beautifully animated storybook style app detailing the fairytale of Snow White while also offering a number of mini games and songs.
Available in both English and Spanish varieties, Snow White promises 35 minutes of interactive story, along with 8 mini games to play. In all there are 28 scenes to look around via the tilt functionality of the iPhone or by touching the screen to discover hidden details. The games are a mixture of sing along, memorizing pairs, exploding bubbles and solving basic puzzles. Children can explore the app either by reading to themselves or having the storyline read to them.
Snow White should be the ideal interactive storybook for young children. Being available in two different languages and with native speakers available for both ensures that both native English speakers and Spanish speakers wll be able to enjoy the classic tale.
I was working in a now-defunct bookstore when Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was released on an unsuspecting public. I don’t have precise figures but I can say with certainty that the book sold like mad. It was a combination of a small publisher doing a somewhat limited run, and a level of consumer interest that not many predicted. People love Victorian zombies, apparently. Who knew?
A year after the novel’s release, a side-scrolling game based on the twisted tale made its way on to the App Store. But Quirk Books isn’t done with the iOS platform yet. Oh no. Not by a long shot. Now the literary “classic” has been given new life (*rimshot*) in the form of an illustrated, interactive eBook.
This isn’t any regular old eBook, mind. It’s full of interactive (and incredibly gory) illustrations and features an original score and sound effects. Sounds awesome, yes? Well there’s more. Not only can users enjoy all manner of zombie-centric animated illustrations as they read this unexpectedly popular story, they can also read the entire original Austin text by flipping their device upside-down. Even more interesting (and excessive), tilting the device on its side will simultaneously display both the interactive zombie-infested re-imagining and the literary classic at the same time.
Anyone who might have held off on reading this most interesting interpretation, but still wants to, should definitely have a look-see at Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Interactive eBook. It’s absolutely stuffed with content and at $4.99 (for a limited time) it’s currently almost half of the physical tome’s price.