One of the fun things at Macworld was meeting developers and seeing demos of apps that likely would never have come to my attention. Tyler Young stopped by our booth, and I was impressed with the elegant and intuitive design of his free app Wigglehop. It's unlike other apps that show movie times, because you don’t look up showtimes with it so much as build your own custom movie listings. His demo was pretty slick.
The iControlPad is an iPhone accessory of near-mythical proportions - it's been in development for nearly two years. Multiple delays have plagued the product, but at last, iOS gamers can breathe a collective sigh of relief, as the device's creator, @craigix, has announced that orders are finally going to be taken this weekend. For anyone who hasn't heard of the iControlPad, please avert your eyes to the picture attached to this article. After soaking in the beauty of what your retinas have just observed, read on.
Everybody likes movies, and here's yet another app for streaming them to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The free Movie Club gives you free access to over 60 movies. Naturally, these aren't recent movies, but they do offer early appearances of well known actors such as Robert De Niro, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson, and Kirk Douglas. These may be movies that are also freely available on YouTube.
Add barcode readers, augmented reality, fax, language translation, heart rate monitor, and more to your iPhone or 4th gen iPod touch
The range of creative and practical apps that use the camera in unusual ways is astonishing. Who would have thought that you could use it as a heart rate monitor or a business card reader? There's even an app for those who are colorblind, to show them the colors present in any object you photograph.
Apple made a brilliant decision when it let developers create apps that access the camera input and use it in non-traditional ways. In this month's column, I offer a roundup of some of these apps.
For all you Robocop fans, here is an app that was recently released.
Per the press release, the “RoboCop App lets fans and users watch their favorite RoboCop movie scenes on demand, gain access to the best one-liners and audio clips, and impersonate the infamous action hero through a brand new “RoboHead” mode. For the first time ever, fans themselves can become RoboCop and watch as he mouths their own words.”
iPhone/iPod Touch Version ($0.99)
iPad Version ($1.99)
Pocket God, I am T-Pain and Angry Birds have taken the app world by storm, and I guess it was only inevitable that the real world would want their own versions.
Pocket God now has models
of their characters available for purchase. You can act out your own scenes of destruction (or benevolence) as you see fit, or just display them in a glass case, the way your grandmother displayed Hummel figurines!
I've written about Drawing Pad for the iPad before and it's great for kids, but for the serious artist, check out ArtRage. ArtRage is almost like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator in the sophistication, yet they are able to accomplish this with an elegant iPad interface.
Interactive TV has arrived, it's just not on your television set, or so says yap.tv, the app and web-based social network for TV audiences. Rather than try to bring intelligence and interactivity to the traditional TV set, yap.tv uses your mobile device as a smart companion for TV viewing. Thanks to yap's built-in social network, as well as twitter and Facebook, you can learn what your friends are watching (and they can do the same). You can create and participate in polls. Imagine getting your closest friends to vote on the next American Idol or who should be kicked off the island.