Stolk Launches Superformula, Create Multi-Dimensional Shapes

in Education (E)

[] Vancouver, Canada - Bram Stolk announces the release of Superformula 1.0 for iOS. The Superformula, or Gielis-formula was first proposed by Johan Gielis. The formula can be used to define a wide range of shapes, including shapes that occur in nature. The endless variations of this formula create a rich and colorful world with billions of different shapes. Exploring these shapes is both entertaining and educational. The quick feedback enables the user to correlate parameters in the formula with characteristics of the shape. Individual shapes found during the exploration can be preserved in the photo album or as online videos.

When describing shapes in three dimensions, two instances of the formula are applied, each with 6 parameters. This results in a 12 dimensional parameter space in which a multiverse of interesting shapes reside. The Superformula app is developed as a tool to mine this 12 dimensional parameter space. By swiping your finger, the space is explored, two parameters at a time. The strength of this application comes from the lightning fast calculations used to determine the shapes. The app uses an OpenGL-ES2 vertex shader to compute the shapes on the graphics hardware of the device. This means zero wait, and instant visualization of the Gielis-shape.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone 3GS or later, iPod touch 3G or later, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 4.0 or later
* 9.1 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Superformula 1.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category. is an independent developer of iPhone and iPad apps, and is responsible for the number 1 app store hit The Little Crane that Could which saw 1M downloads in two weeks time. Copyright (C) 2011 All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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