The first augmented reality (AR) app that most of us heard of (whether we realized it was AR or not) was likely Pokèmon Go. The game was a worldwide sensation turned spectacle as news channels shared stories of people walking into walls or worse, and getting into car accidents while chasing and collecting the Pokèmon creatures in the real-world environment.
With the recent passing of physics legend Stephen Hawking, many are revisiting his accomplishments or becoming curious about his discoveries for the first time. Among his many achievements, Hawking launched an iOS app to help anyone interested in physics to learn about the latest developments in the field. Pocket Universe is an updated digital version of Hawking's bestselling book A Brief History of Time.
The holiday shopping season has officially begun, and most shoppers are not only searching for the best deals, but they are also looking for the easiest ways to complete their shopping lists. iOS devices were once again the most popular tools for most Black Friday shoppers this year, and it's safe to assume the trend will continue throughout 2012. Here are a few apps that will allow you to gain an edge, save some money and keep organized this holiday shopping season.
FastMall - (iPhone and iPad) - Perfect for the reluctant shopper who hates navigating unfamiliar stores during the holidays. FastMall helps you get in and out of shopping malls quickly by giving you turn-by-turn directions to bathrooms, stores, and restaurants. It also helps you remember where you parked your cae, and can direct you to elevators and escalators for quick escapes from crowded shopping centers.
Want to watch your own mouth speak a foreign language? If it sounds strange, that's because iLingual is not your typical iPhone phrasebook. First take a photo of the lips you'd like to see in action.
Once the photo is taken, you can select from a list of 400 phrases. The application will proceed to animate your mouth as it speaks the phrase in the foreign language. To "speak" to another person you hold the back of the iPhone up to your face.
Just in time for winter comes a new iPhone application delivering real-time snow reports directly to your device. Find snow conditions and depths for your favorite ski and snowboard resorts by region, then store them in a list.
Access the open/closed status of the resort and surface snow conditions immediately, or touch to see more details or a weather report. Over 2,000 resorts are available for tracking, and the software allows 16 locations to be stored for quick viewing. The app was developed by Eddie Wilson and costs $1.99.