February 23, 2010 in Entertainment (E)
[prMac.com] Tacoma, WA, USA - Original Newton's Cradle designer, Simon Prebble, recently gave his endorsement to Newton's Balls: Kinetic Physics Newton's Cradle Simulator saying, "It is certainly amusing, and this version of it uses all the tricks that modern technology allows, and I would be happy to lend my name to it."
Newton's Balls software developer, John Bethancourt, welcomed the endorsement. He has had the desktop toy since he was a child. "I was honored just to show Mr. Prebble my iPhone version. Knowing it amused him really made my day."
Simon Prebble, a British born performer of considerable talent and experience, has built a successful career that spans the Atlantic. As a stage, film, and television actor he has played everything from Soaps to Shakespeare. He is a veteran narrator of some 450 book titles the he has made his mark since coming to the US in 1990. Married and living in New York, Simon's audio performances have received critical acclaim from both fans, and his peers. As one of Audiofile's 'Golden Voices' and 'Voices of the Century', he has received over 25 'Earphone' awards, 5 'Listen Up' awards and has been nominated 14 times for the 'Audies', the industry's own 'Oscars'. In 2005 he was named 'Narrator of the Year' by 'Publishers Weekly.'
Newton's Cradle is the classic executive desk toy that has mesmerized adults and children alike for over 30 years. They are typically constructed of chrome steel balls suspended from filament on a metal frame. Swing a ball on one end and a ball on the opposite ends swings in response.
The iPhone app "Newton's Balls" is like the original toy, but is simulated on the iPhone/iPod screen. While not only fun to play with, it can teach users and their children about Newton's 3rd law of motion and other physics principals. Users simply touch the balls to move them as they would the real toy. Tilt control can optionally be used to change the gravity of the simulation. The number of balls can be adjusted, and the ball material can be changed from the classic steel to wood.
It's a relaxing time for users who don't want to be involved in a typical game where losing their place means losing points. It's easy to stop or resume at any time making it good for the casual user.
This is the only Newton's Cradle simulator on the Apple iTunes App Store to offer balls on flexible string with unrestricted user interaction. The Newton's Balls iPhone app allows the user to move, flick, throw, and drop the balls however and wherever they like. The only restriction is the flexible string tethers to the top bar, just like the real Newton's Cradle desk toy.
* Full five finger touch control
* Selectable tilt control
* Variable number of balls (1-7)
* Two different ball types, wood or chrome steel
* Realistic click-clack sound in stereo based on collision speed
* Localized for English and Japanese
* iPhone or iPod touch
* Requires iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later
* 1.9 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Newton's Balls 1.0 is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Simulation and Education games categories for less than a cup of coffee. A limited number of promotion codes are available for reviewers. Please specify the magazine, website, or blog you represent when making a request.
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