This week on the blog we have decided to look into the weird and wonderful apps available for iOS and Android that will astound and impress you. From Star gazing apps, to an app that ‘gives you control over real-world sound', these are our top picks of weird, wonderful and slightly futuristic apps...
Apps that are 'out of this world'
The universe is a mind-boggling subject to think about, the following apps can help you delve into this vast topic with ease and allow you to explore it all using only your phone...
Using state of the art GPS technology, an accurate 3D universe and all of the latest high tech functionality, Star Chart calculates (in real time) the current location of every star and planet visible from Earth and shows you precisely where they are, even in broad daylight! It displays all 88 constellations, with imagery based on the artwork by 17th century astronomer Johannes Hevelius.
"NASA/JPL's Space Images app offers a unique view of the sky via hundreds of images taken by spacecraft"
Discover the latest science images & videos of planets, stars, galaxies, weather and more, share and rate photos, choose the best space images and keep them handy in the favourites folder, save images to your mobile device as backgrounds and wallpapers.
Reality altering apps
These following apps can alter your reality through the use of sight and audio. Try these apps out for an incredible experience that you won't forget for a while...
A virtual reality journey into a world beyond sight- viewable with or without a Virtual Reality headset.... Each chapter addresses a memory, a moment and a specific location from John Hull's audio diary, using binaural audio and real time 3D animations to create a fully immersive experience in a ‘world beyond sight’. This app explains all that John experienced when he suddenly lost his sight in 1983 and allows you to also experience it.
The app formerly known as H- - R (Free | iOS )
This app gives you unlimited control over real-world sound. Simply plug in your existing headphones and listen through 7 free filters. It harmonises your hearing to help you be less distracted and reduce stress. It filters your acoustic environment, takes out harsh sounds and turns noise into tranquil harmonies.
(Can be used with Apple Watch, subscription - £2.99/month)
An audio-adventure game, co created with an award winning novelist, Zombies, Run! makes running fun, albeit a little petrifying! Put on your headphones, start running, and hear the zombies. Not only do you have to escape the zombies, you have to collect supplies as you move to build and defend your base...
Apps with a mind of their ownInteract and chat with the following apps about the weather, news, random facts and even get an app to send a message out when your phone is about to run out of battery.
Carrot Weather ( £3.99 | iOS)
‘Snarky is a wonderful way to make terrible forecasts easier on the ears’.
Carrot weather’s narrator mocks you for living through rain, sleet and excessive sun and if you have iOS 10, it now integrates with messages to let you send snarky forecasts to your friends....
Last Message (Free | Android)
We’ve all had that moment of panic, when your phone battery dies mid way through an important conversation or a time when you’re only contactable through your mobile device.... This app runs in the background of your device and monitors your battery, you can choose what percentage to send a message at and on whatever social channel you would like!
Luka (Free| iOS )
Luka is a messenger app with AI powered chatbots. You can chat with just the bots, just people on your contact list or create a group chat with your friends and a chatbot. Chat with bots about the news, weather, get answers to tough questions, play games together and search for pictures, gifs and videos... However, be warned, the foodie option has not yet reached the UK, so for now you have to do your own restaurant research...
Open up your mind
"Feed your curiosity and expand your world with TED talks"
Explore more than 2,000 TED talks from remarkable people, by topic and mood, from tech and science to the surprises of your own psychology. The app allows you to browse the entire TED talk library with subtitles in over 100 languages. Download video and audio talks for offline playback. You can bookmark talks for later. "Download the TED app to stay curious, informed and inspired."
One last thing....
If you haven't already, check out our blog on 'Technology to use with your smartphone- what's the future?' We reviewed the best articles and news pieces from the 2017 CES show to find out how tech might get even more involved in our everyday lives, with a particular focus on smartphones and apps.
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