Cost: $US2.99 | Developer: Craic Design| Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later| Version: 4.0.1 | 10.5MB
When I first saw Pocket Universe being used by other person, the first thought that came to mind was not how useful the application was. No, I was simply awestruck at how intelligently it uses the iPhone’s capabilities.
For those that are not familiar with Pocket Universe, it is essentially an astronomy application that allows you to learn about constellations, stars and planets around us in an interactive way. Users can hold up their iPhones or iPads at the sky and the app will display the constellation, stars and planets within the given vicinity. You can also use the camera to overlay the information in the real sky.
The developer claims Pocket Universe is the first iPhone app to add augmented reality viewing using the iPhone’s built-in camera.
A Show Me mode provides a guided tour of stars, planets, constellations, galaxies and nebulae.
For those that want to test their knowledge in astronomy, Pocket Universe also comes with constellation and star quizzes.
Tonight’s Sky as well as Objects and Events keep users posted on what to look for when they’re outdoors.
Pocket Universe makes learning more about the stars around us enjoyable with beautiful graphics and an easy-to-use interface. If you’re not a fan of astronomy, you can at least get it to impress your friends.
Pros: Beautiful, intuitive and interesting.
Cons: It’s not a productive tool and it’s not free.
Verdict: Again, if you’re not a fan of astronomy, you can whip it out at parties to show off.
Get it here: Apple App Store
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