Robots for iPad is a new iPad app that promises to help us ‘Discover the amazing world of robots with this fun and engaging app’. I’m happy to say the app does a great job at delivering on that promise. It offers a fascinating look at how robots have become reality and are already enhancing our lives.
The app is published by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers) and has a very impressive set of features. Here are some of the most notable:
• Meet 126 robots from 19 countries
• View over 500 spectacular photos
• Watch hundreds of videos of robots in action
• Learn how to get started in robotics
• Read detailed specs and articles about each robot
• Listen to audio interviews with leading roboticists
• Keep up to date with daily robot news
• Optimized for Retina display
• Works on any iPad model, including the iPad mini
— The robots of course! The app opens to the Featured Robots section – a grid of thumbnails of some of today’s most compelling robots. These include BigDog, Google’s self-driving car, the incredible Da Vinci, and over 20 others. With a quick tap you can reveal the app’s left sidebar and choose to view all robots, those you’ve marked as favorites, or a random robot (oh, that sounds scary).
— The profile pages for each robot are superb. You get all its details – when it was created, by who and in which country, a summary of what it does, specs, a Did You Know section, and photos and videos of the robot.
— The photo gallery includes an interactive image – so you can swipe to get a 360 degree view of each robot. Images and videos can easily be toggled to full screen and the app supports AirPlay Mirroring so you can enjoy these on a big HDTV too.
— You can rate each robot in various ways on its profile page – give it 1-5 star rating, say Yes or No to whether you’d like to have this robot, mark it as a favorite, and rate its appearance on a Creepy to Nice scale. Here’s one I think is maybe the cutest – the Pleo dinosaur robot. I remember when these first came out a few years back around the holiday season, I thought they were just awesome looking. Still do actually.
— You can filter the view of robots by type, by country (Japan has the most by far), by date, and by size.
— The Play section shows head-to-head robot Face-offs. Some examples include which robot dog would you rather take for a walk,which sci-fi robot is cooler, and which robot would you want as a pet. In the Ratings section you can see which robots have come out on top – the top rated robots,most wanted robots, and creepiest to nicest robots – the most wanted one is the Lego Mindstorms NXT.
— The News section has news and feature articles from IEEE Spectrum that are updated daily. In the Learn section you get information on and discussion of topics like What Is a Robot and how to get into robotics.
None to speak of. The app’s one limitation is that it works in landscape mode only – but I believe this is a good choice for the app’s content presentation.
Robots for iPad is one of the best, and most entertaining, iPad apps you’ll find. If you have even the slightest bit of interest in robots and how they’re impacting our lives, then this app is a must-see. It doesn’t bury you in technical terminology and makes learning about all these great robots easy and fun.
It’s a great app for all ages too – from young kids to older aspiring roboticists, to guys like me who are just happy to attempt spelling roboticist. It’s also one of those great iPad apps that you can spend heaps of time with. I’ve already learned more about several robots I had heard of before and found many new favorites – including the amazing Da Vinci surgical robot.
Here’s an App Store link for Robots for iPad; it is normally priced at $4.99 – but is on sale this weekend at just 99 cents. Go get it.
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