Star Walk – 5 Stars Astronomy Guide is an augmented reality app for discovering over 200,000 stars, planets, constellations and galaxies in the night sky. It’s been updated to include a stargazing calendar that displays celestial events that are visible from your location. It also explains each event and allows you to set a reminder in iCal for the ones you wish to see. Additionally, the app has a new comet tracking feature that allows you to follow comets, including Halley, PANSTARRS, Lemmon and ISON. ISON will be visible this November, 2013.
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iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Educators who use new technology in the classroom are awesome. I remember one of my journalism professors regularly using his iPad as a tool in his lectures. I thought doing so was an innovative and creative way of utilizing the at-the-time new device.
Vito Technology dropped us a line this week to let us know that its own apps are increasingly being used by educators and students in the pursuit of learning. The studio’s three apps, Star Walk, Solar Walk, and >Geo Walk, are being called excellent educational tools. News of the apps being popular educational tools, though, doesn’t come too surprising. I had played around with Solar Walk in particular and was quite impressed.
In particular, it seems the two astronomy apps have been the most useful according to feedback from educators.
Star Walk uses the iPhone and augmented reality technology to give users a new way at looking at the solar system – from the perspective here on Earth. Additionally, the app contains an amazing amount of astrology information, including information on stars and constellations.
“Students at Hawaii Preparatory Academy are among the many who are working with Star Walk. Seeing and learning about the night sky and the star systems in a highly interactive way creates immediate learning to many in a way that has never been possible. Through the time machine and search function, students can discover constellations in a way that was never possible before. Interactive education is a great way for students to learn, and this app delivers a truly interactive star system. Many educators are now introducing apps such as Star Walk into the classroom to enhance the education experience, and to keep students engaged and interested,” said Dave V of TopEducationalApps.com.
Solar Walk, meanwhile, gives users an up-close look at the planets of our solar system, along with other details of the galaxy, including satellites orbiating the planet, moons, solar systems and other phenomenon.
“Solar Walk gives your students a realistic look at the Solar System. The time machine feature is excellent and will help students visualize the changes in the Solar System over time. Let your students take a virtual field trip to the planet of their choice to explore and report back to the class about. Students can become astronauts and take a virtual “rocket” ride, flying to the planet of choice, getting an in-depth look at the planet, and exploring each of the planets moons,” said Smartlearning Teacher of Science at Priority Community School Weston Super Mare.
It’s exciting to see how the iPhone and apps like these are shaping the way students are learning today.
Released: 2008-11-05 :: Category: Education
Released: 2010-04-01 :: Category: Education
VITO Technology‘s award-winning astronomy application for iPad and iPhone turned two years old yesterday, and to mark its birthday there’s a major update revision on the line as well as a promotional code giveaway right here.
Star Walk, which holds the title of official Apple Design Award (iPad Developer Showcase) 2010 Winner, remains the top-paid application in the Education section of the App Store, based on its ability to show the true workings of the Heavens above through the iPhone and iPad’s in-built GPS in an easy to use interface. View constellations, stars and planets in new ways by holding your device up to the sky. It’s a very impressive application – awarded 4.5 stars by 148Apps – and was marked by Apple in the Best of 2009 Applications.
Version 5 of the application, available soon, offers four new major features and a plethora of updates, including compass calibration and a new “general catalogue” that adds even more deep sky objects, galaxies and nebulae. Augmented Reality becomes a reality in version 5 of Star Walk for the new iPod Touch, as does a new “big screen” feature which allows you to connect your iPad to a second display through VGA, just in case the iPad’s 9.5″ screen wasn’t big enough. In addition, over 150 satellites including the International Space Station can be tracked in live time. Finally, a new feature called Telrad can “help you measure angular distance between nearby stars” in order to gauge the true extent of deceivingly small distances in the universe.
There’s more birthday celebrations, too. Prices for VITO Technology’s entire “Walk” series (Solar Walk, Star Walk and Geo Walk) have been dropped for 24 hours, and some lucky commenters today will receive free promotional codes that allow you to redeem these applications for free. In order to be in for a chance, just make a comment below. We have six codes available – 2 for Star Walk on iPad, 2 for Star Walk on iPhone and 2 for Star Walk (universal, iPhone and iPad compatable natively).
So happy birthday Star Walk!
Solar Walk is a beautifully-designed educational application about the solar system. Its space-accurate design and 3D functionality, coupled with a plethora of unique features like Time Machine, are surpassed only by its price tag: $2.99.
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Vito Technology has wowed us before with their beautiful Star Walk stargazing app. Now they’re trying their hands at another educational project. This time, it’s a world factbook, but with a twist. Geo Walk is a concise, limited encyclopedia that focuses on a global view—literally. The app presents you with an icon-dotted globe, and you can tap any of the markers to read about that particular area and its points of interest.
This is great for putting articles into geographical perspective. The pyramids hover over Egypt, while spinning over to Antarctica might show you penguins. Don’t know where something is? No problem; you can switch to an object list.
The application features three main categories: Place, Flora & Fauna, and People. Each entry boasts a colorful picture and a small article about the object. (Willis Tower is the fifth-largest tower in the world!)
While Geo Walk is in no way a complete encyclopedia, it’s not trying to be. Instead, it’s about exploring the globe digitally, and putting things into perspective. Similarly to Star Walk, it’s not meant to be a comprehensive reference, but to ignite your curiosity and teach you a few things in the process. That’s something that kids and adults alike should be able to enjoy.
Check it out in the App Store!
When someone new asks to see what an iPhone can do, all of us have a list of apps prepared to wow them. Some of these apps may be useful, some may be beautiful, and some may have changed our lives. Star Walk is a gorgeous, dynamic application that, while it may not be technically useful to some, will tease your eyes skyward on clear, starry nights.
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