New Apps [that perked my interest]

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by mek, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. mek

    mek Well-Known Member


    Release Date: 09/12/2008 Size: 0.6 MB Popular Rank #: 1020 Languages: English Requirements: Compatible with iPhone Requires iPhone 2.0 Software Update

    Chalky is a stand up guy, or at least he tries very hard to be.

    Chalky is a simplistic stick figure whose posture and behavior result from the mechanical constraints that define him. He consists of a set of 8 masses connected to one another through a series of damped springs with various coefficients. Gravity and instantaneous acceleration are estimated from your iPhone's X and Y accelerometers and transferred onto Chalky's virtual world.

    Friction was further added to the edges of his frame along with some rudimentary stepping heuristics to give him a fighting chance to maintain his balance as you rotate your phone around or take him on the bus with you. You can also grab, stretch and throw him with your multi-touch screen if you feel he's not getting enough abuse.

    Chalky also thinks he can dance and he'll start busting his moves if he detects music though your phone's microphone... so crank up the tunes! Unfortunately you can't use the iPod application on your phone as I couldn't figure out how to make that work.

    Chalky is not artificially intelligent and none of his gestures are choreographed. He illustrates the fact that humble perceptual measurements and simple constraints set in a physically meaningful environment can lead to interesting and sometime unexpected behavior.

    NOTE: This application monitors your microphone audio input and therefore it will not run on an iPod Touch.

    Auto Contra Sense [a.k.a skyhunter clone]
    Release Date: 09/24/2008
    Size: 5.0 MB
    Popular Rank #: 1827
    Languages: English
    Requirements: Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch Requires iPhone 2.1 Software Update

    Tilt your iPhone to escape oncoming traffic! Drive as fast as possible and collect points on your way to the goal by picking up coins.


    - accelerometer controlled
    - worldwide online scoring
    - 3 themes containing different roads & cars
    - auto-save when interrupted by a phone call
    - sound, music and animation

    New in this version:

    - game play extended and improved
    - pause by double-tapping the screen


    Ruler Phone

    Release Date: 09/21/2008 Size: 0.3 MB Popular Rank #: 1103 Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish Requirements: Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch Requires iPhone 2.0 Software Update

    Measure anything your iPhone can take a picture of! RulerPhone turns your iPhone and its camera into a true measuring tape -- all you need is something already in your wallet: a gift card, MetroCard, driver's license, or credit card.

    RulerPhone is not like other apps: it does not just display an image of a ruler on your iPhone, and it does not use GPS to calculate distance. RulerPhone can accurately measure distances ranging from a few inches to 10 feet and beyond.

    New Version! RulerPhone now includes metric support, French/Spanish/Dutch/German translations, and more.

    What others are saying:

    " of the best applications for the iPhone."
    "I was surprised how well this worked...I would buy this for $10."
    "Works like a charm...super easy to use."

    How does it work?

    Place any credit-card sized card next to the object you'd like to measure, snap a picture with your iPhone's camera, align your image with the card placeholder that RulerPhone displays on-screen, and you are ready to measure anything in your picture just by dragging your finger. You can also use any picture already stored in your iPhone or iPod Touch photo library.

    RulerPhone figures out the dimensions you're measuring using the card in your picture as reference. Once you've aligned the card in your image with the on-screen card placeholder, you simply drag your finger across the screen to measure distance. RulerPhone will display a ruler over your picture that you can drag and adjust to fine-tune your measurements (as seen in the screenshot below).

    Is it accurate?

    RulerPhone is accurate within half an inch when measuring distances of three feet or less and can be accurate within a single inch when measuring distances up to 10 feet as long as the instructions are followed closely. Much of RulerPhone's accuracy depends on the user's ability to follow the on-screen instructions and tips for accuracy. Once these steps are mastered, RulerPhone is a very accurate tool. RulerPhone's accuracy will also continue to increase as the iPhone's camera is upgraded.

    When does it not work?

    RulerPhone does not measure depth in a photograph. When you take a picture, RulerPhone can only measure an object's height and/or width. Similarly, if you take a picture with your MetroCard or driver's license off at an angle instead of pointing directly at the camera, RulerPhone's accuracy will be compromised. All of this information is in RulerPhone's instructions and accuracy tips that are available once you buy the app, and more information is found at the website below.
  2. ReformatPlanet

    ReformatPlanet Well-Known Member

    Jul 30, 2008
    Film Producer
    ichalky, looks great, picking it up now. Thanks for the recommendations.
  3. NJPodder

    NJPodder Well-Known Member

    Sep 17, 2008
    Agreed, iChalky looks like fun. I might pick it that up!
  4. mek

    mek Well-Known Member

    before you guys do that, do note, as i was disappointed because i am a ipod touch owner, it will only work on the iphone, because it requires a mic, no word on whether it works on the 2ndG touch
  5. ReformatPlanet

    ReformatPlanet Well-Known Member

    Jul 30, 2008
    Film Producer
    Turns out it wont work on the 3g iphone either, not until and update.
  6. MaskU2See

    MaskU2See Well-Known Member

    Oct 21, 2008
    Philly, USA
    I am really digging this app.
    Cant believe i waited this long.
    Have a pic of my puppy as the face of the guy, funny as hell to see him dance.
    Puts a smile on my face when time gets tuff.

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