Disclaimer – I may have a slight crush on Brian Cox. I even have a signed copy of “Wonders of the Universe” that I won in a competition. I have always been a big Star Trek, space, astronomy fan even when I was a kid. I was that 8 year old who wrote to Nasa to enquire about becoming an astronaut, (they replied and sent me a pack on the latest STS mission, I still have it..) My “chosen” Mastermind subject was at one time “Episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation” I could tell you the name of the episode from the first 60 seconds of dialogue.
So we are clear on what type of nerd I am yes?
When I saw the opportunity to review the Wonders of Life app from the said professor I was all over it. Here’s a quick video to explain
(The app is designed for iOS7 so if you don’t have that you will need to upgrade in order to get all the features.)
Designed as a follow up to the Wonders of the Universe, this app has been made in conjunction with the BBC and will see the Prof lead you on a 3D tour of the Earth’s most disparate climates and creatures.
The app offers over 30 beautifully crafted creatures and habitats to explore. There are also over 80 articles delving into the intricacies of the natural world and the laws which bind it. It also includes over 2 hours of HD footage from the series and 30+ locations.
So there’s the spiel, what about the app itself?
The app opens with an amazing video of the Earth in space (nerd coming out again)
You can currently choose to delve into either North America, Africa, Australasia, Sensory, Microscopic or Elements Processes.
Each category has lots of different things inside to watch or read. It almost reminds me of Encarta (showing my age there) in that it’s very easy to start looking at one thing and then before you know it you’ve been sat there an hour with a very numb bottom and a cold cup of tea.
It’s a bit too advanced for my four year old but then I don’t think she is the target audience for this. It is however very easy to navigate around, (just pinch and zoom to grasp the magnitude of the Earth and our place within it) press the rocket symbol at the top of the screen and you’re back to the title menu and can choose something else. She does enjoy sitting with me and looking through it though, the videos and pictures are of exceptional quality and this is definately an app that we can use as she grows and learns.
The app costs £4.99 which is a little on the expensive side but with updates I can see this being an app that is never deleted off my homepage. The app along with it’s predecessor Wonders of the Universe can be found in the iTunes Store.
*I was sent a code to download this app for review purposes but all opinions are my own*