December 22, 2010 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] Holmdel, New Jersey - Applix Software LLC, an emerging mobile software developer focused on applications for the iPhone, today announced the launch of StarPicker for the iPhone 4 and 3GS. Designed to be the first app where the iphone is used as a pointer to actively guide a user's eyes as they search for a given night-sky object. Users can choose from a catalog of 150 brightest stars, 89 constellations, comets, and clusters - not to mention all of the planets in our solar system. Capable of giving anyone a hands-on way to learn and visually navigate the night sky, StarPicker is now available on the iTunes App Store for iPhone 4 and 3GS - running on iOS 4.1 or later.
StarPicker includes a number of features that enhance the user's experience while navigating their eyes through the sky to specific stars and other objects of interest. Chief among these features is StarPicker's utilization of sounds and blinking guide arrows that serve to orient the user as accurately as possible. Once the user has successfully located their desired star or cosmic feature they can switch to Sky View with a single tap on their mobile device's screen. While in Sky View, users can zoom to see finer details. Keeping education in mind, users can also switch to the app's Accessory View, which provides them with additional information on the specific object they've chosen to locate.
StarPicker utilizes the fourth generation iPhone 4 and 3GS compass, accelerometer and GPS capabilities, to their fullest extent, in order to precisely calculate the user's position in relation to the selected celestial object. The user is then guided by means of an effective and accurate two-step process. Users first hold the iPhone level, slowly rotating to the calculated angle of the selected object by following the flashing guidearrows. Once this angle - termed the azimuth - is locked, users simply tilt their mobile device up or down until it is oriented directly towards the cosmic feature they wish to observe. A perfect app to captivate and enlighten avid sky gazers anywhere, StarPicker provides a blend of high-tech engineering and scientific computing with an enthusiastic sense of astronomic adventure that is not to be missed.
Located in Holmdel, New Jersey, Applix Software specializes in developing applications for the iPhone. The studios' engineering team is devoted to embedded systems software design, real-time signal processing and high level software development. This unique blend of skills continues to aide the organization in creating sophisticated industry leading mobile applications. (C) Applix Software LLC. 2010. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, and iPhone are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.