Byte The App: Must See Apps Of The Week 11/3
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.
The Eatery [iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad]
Obesity. Even the word itself looks fat, and it’s something that’s afflicting more and more of us because it seems the world is getting fatter—we’re all eating too much and not exercising enough. What to do? If, like most people, you’re just generally greedy and you can’t pass up the chance of eating something you know isn’t good for you but tastes awesome, then this app aims to make you reflect on your dietary habits. Take a photo of your food, share it, and users rate how healthy or unhealthy you’re being, helping to give you an overall picture of your eating habits. [via]
Will Knox – Lexicon [iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad]
Whether you like the music or not, this is another example of how musicians are using apps to broaden and enrich the release of new music. Obviously there’s the recent Biophilia album from Bjork, but we’ve also seen musicians releasing location-based responsive music apps, lip-syncing apps, augmented bands, and now a 5-track comic book EP, with the songs brought to life in the narrative of the comic. Album artwork may be a thing in decline, but this takes it to a whole new level. Aside from the awesome possibilities this new marriage of comics and music allows, it’s the perfect compromise for showcasing some artwork while having the music still available digitally. Everyone’s a winner.
Treasures of the Bodleian [iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad]
It’s time for some literary chin-stroking. This app is a bibliophile’s wet dream and dives deep into the archives of the University of Oxford’s world-renown Bodleian Library. It makes available such literary, cultural and scientific treasures as Shakespeare’s First Folio, telegrams from the sinking Titanic, the Elements of Euclid, manuscripts in Jane Austen’s own hand, Isaac Newton’s Principia, the ‘Gutenberg Bible’ and plenty more. And it’s free, so you might as well download it. At the very least, it’ll balance out the Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja on your iPhone and make you look intelligent.
COLORCODE VJ [iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad]
Professional VJs and others who do visuals for gigs may groan at an app like this, but so what? This is what we’ve all been waiting for: VJing made easy(ish). This tool lets you use movies, images, and texts to create a VJ set that can then be output to an external display (with adapters that you have to buy separately, boo) so you can just roll up to a gig, plug in your iPad and start with the mind blowing light show with nothing but a breezy “Here’s something I prepared earlier” like a TV chef.
AirCassette [iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad]
Nothing breeds nostalgia for the days of yore like the cassette tape. Sure, the fact that the sound quality wasn’t up to much and the magnetic tape would eventually get caught in the tape player and break, ruining your pirated A-ha album tends to gets washed away in a sea of retro-longing, but you know, those were simpler times, man. So if you pine for the days of watching two small spools go round and round as you listened to your music, this app is for you. Basically it turns the “now playing” screen into a cassette tape with the artist and song title appearing in handwritten font, just like back in 1983.