Byte The App: Must See Apps Of The Week 10/27
The app stores are teeming with new releases, but who has time to go through them all? We do. Bringing you a selection of the most interesting, creative, and innovative apps each week. Submit your suggestions for next week in the comments below.
CollabraCam [iPhone, iPod touch and iPad]
Billing itself as the “world’s first multi-cam video production iPhone app with live editing and director-to-camera communication”, this app could help you shoot that short film on your mobile, what with phone cameras being the new super 8 and the astounding video quality of cameras like the iPhone4S. You can link together iDevices over wifi to give you a virtual video switcher and communication control room where you can stream up to four cameras, which can sync to the director’s phone so you can record and edit and silently cue the camera.
Altered Earth [iPad]
Artist Doug Aitken has created an earthwork installation from the surreal landscapes of Camargue and Arles in Southern France, which explores their shifting ecosystems and geography. The multimedia project also includes this app, which allows you to journey around these otherworldly lands, exploring the enticing imagery and the evolving forms of these regions through films, graphic documents, texts, installations and music.
I’m Getting Arrested [Android]
What with the whole world seeming like one giant rioting protest as we loom ever closer to the prophesied end of the world next year, this app’ll be handy for you just in case you go out to pick up some lunch one day and end up getting arrested while fighting your way through tear gas. With one click of a button you can send an SMS to any number and alert your boss (and lawyer) that you had a bit of a detour and might be a bit late back.
Life of George [iPhone, iPod touch and iPad]
Lego delves into hybrid gaming where the physical and virtual worlds team up for interactive gameplay treats. It’s a pretty simple setup, the app gives you an object which you then have to build while a timer counts down—once you’ve exerted your brick building skills you then snap a picture of your craftsmanship and you get scored on accuracy and speed. It has a two-player option too. Sure, it’s a kids’ game, but don’t deny you’re not a little bit excited and curious.
Book Creator [iPad]
Ever wanted to create your own digital books using your own photos and self-authored plot line? Then look no further than Book Creator. It means parents can make up their own Gruffalo-esque tales to read to their kids, or you could e-book your web comic, or maybe even start off down the road to becoming an e-publishing sensation. The virtual books are published in the e-pub format—which is a recognized standard for e-books—and can be submitted to the iBook Store, meaning you could actually earn a buck on it.