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Pocket Universe: Virtual Sky Anatomy

Teaching Science with iOS — From Macro to Micro — Exploring Space

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When studying the solar system, it's hard to beat Solar Walk ($2.99) from Vito Technology. You begin with an image of the earth with many light blue lines circling it. Tap one and the app provides a close-up view of a satellite. All the satellites are rendered in 3D, and a clickable info button reveals information and images associated with the satellite. Solar Walk provides enough satellite detail to have good conversations about orbits, satellite construction, and observation. Combine this app with Google Earth and you can have a good dialog about public and private surveillance. There also is information on the International Space Station.



Augmented Reality for the iPhone

Combining the real world with virtual reality

Augmented reality (AR): A term for a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are merged with or augmented by virtual computer-generated imagery… (Wikipedia)


iHudWith the release of the iPhone 3GS and OS 3.1, apps that incorporate “augmented reality” are big news these days. However, AR has been around for a while, and a simple AR app for the iPhone 3G was introduced in October of 2008.


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