At this years WWDC 2014, Apple awarded Sky Guide an Apple Design Award!
As well as a demonstration of the app on stage and presentation of the special cubic trophy (made from solid unobtanium and glows when you touch it), Apple featured Fifth Star Labs on their site.
I was lucky enough to be involved with another Apple Design Award winner, the excellent game Osmos by Hemisphere Games, which also features my music as High Skies.
A recent update to Sky Guide boosts your superhuman powers to let you see in different wavelengths, from x-ray to microwave.
The above pic shows you three different iPhone screens; The first shows the sky with a hydrogen alpha filter (exclusive photography by Fifth Star Labs own Nick Risinger); the third shows the sky in x-ray wavelength; and the middle one displays both at the same time via the loupe.
Further wavelengths showing the visible, infrared and microwave spectrums.
The example images are displaying the same patch of sky for comparison, and each wavelength covers the whole sky and can be rotated and swiped as normal. Note how they gives us different information, building up a fuller picture than any one spectrum.
1 In the top right example, the spectrum is set to X-Ray; tap-hold the display to bring up the loupe (middle image).
2 Rotate the loupe’s nib to switch between spectrums. Here we’ve settled on hydrogen alpha.
3 You can change the size of the loupe by dragging its edge.
4 Tap away from the loupe to dismiss it, or in this case, expand with a smooth swipe to make it fullscreen.
5 Tap the ‘i’ button for an article about the current wavelength.
6 To get back to the more usual visible spectrum, tap-hold to bring up another loupe and switch it to ‘visible’.
Sky Guide is the new star gazing app from Nick Risinger and Chris Laurel, with music by High Skies.
Nick has been featured in Wired and on BBC Horizon as he travelled the globe taking 37,000 photographs of the night sky for this app. Point your iPad or iPhone at the sky. day or night, and it will align itself automatically showing you the perfect sky through an expensive lens and without light pollution.
Click on a star or planet and you will be able to hear it. The hotter the star, the higher the pitch; the larger the star, the louder the volume. You will be able to ‘play the stars’. All music and sounds created by High Skies using an ARP Odyssey and ARP Solina; the astronomically long reverb was created by convoluting lengthy lightning recordings.
Click on any star, planet, galaxy, nebula or constellation and there are hundreds of cross-linked articles and images, with interesting facts and mythologies.
Sky Guide, created by those awfully nice & clever chaps, Nick Risinger and Chris Laurel.
Out now for iPad and iPhone at the launch price of 69p / $1…
Very cool; this is an image created by Apple using our new Silk app.
They posted it to their Facebook App Store page.
Want Osmos on your iPhone/ iPod Touch?
UPDATE: Osmos iPhone and Osmos iPad (No1 in App Store!) have been released. Both are Apple’s App of the Week! Visit Osmos in the App Store…
Mark your calendar. I can confirm that Hemisphere Games are hard at work on bringing Osmos to the iPhone, and should be with us in around eight weeks or so.
It almost seems like the perfect game for the iPhone/ iPad.
100% – “… a beautifully put together game. The game is simple, stylish, clean and addictive to play” Zak @ indiegamemag.com
Features music by Gas and High Skies… Continue reading Osmos iPhone!