Sky Guide wins Apple Design Award

Sky Guide -Apple Design Award 2014

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.

Sky Guide -Apple Design Award 2014

Apple App Store Badge

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.

Sky Guide gives you Predator vision

Sky Guide -wavelengths

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.

Sky Guide -wavelengths 2

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.

INSTRUCTIONS
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’.

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Osmos Inuktitut

Osmos 2.3 for iOS update with 4 new achievements and multi-language support for French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, English and Inuktitut!

Inuktitut is the Inuit language spoken in northern Canada in all areas north of the tree line. Although there are some similarities with Martian, these are mostly superficial.

More info on the work behind the Inuktitut project on the Hemisphere site…

Sky Guide, music by High Skies

Sky Guide

Sky Guide is the new star gazing app from Nick Risinger and Chris Laurel, with music by High Skies.

Sky Guide - photorealistic
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.

Sky Guide - info
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…

Osmos 2 – Free update. Play against the developers!

Osmos 2 has been released for iOS and is a free update.

Osmos 2 -Multiplayer
Osmos 2 -Multiplayer

Introducing multiplayer and iPad retina support.

And for this weekend you can play against the devs (until our batteries run out). I’ll add all the Game Center names here as things progress.
I am =  OsmosDev_Mat
Dave Burke = OsmosDev_Dave
Andy Nealen = OsmosDev_Andy

MULTIPLAYER:

  • Play against your friends (and enemies), locally (via wi-fi or Bluetooth), or over the Internet (random or invitations)!
  • 6 distinct Arenas: Ambient, Impasse, Solar, Warped Chaos, Epicycles, and introducing… Antimatter Impasse.
  • iPad vs. iPhone play supported (local games only)
  • 15 new multiplayer-specific achievements.
  • An optional handicap system to help keep competition friendly. Be kind to young motes!
  • Players can now tweet their achievements and broadcast challenges to their friends and followers to take them on in multiplayer.

Antimatter Impasse will really warp your noodles.

Also includes some new High Skies sounds.

Update now and absorb some friends/ random nerds…

Continue reading Osmos 2 – Free update. Play against the developers!

Osmos: Tips for a Long and Happy Life

Osmos is just like real life; you float around absorbing biophobes, trying to avoid getting pulled into a giant sun; and just like real life, some tips on sub-nuclear physics and orbital mechanics would probably come in very handy. These tips will help you progress from being wonderfully average, to a little better than average.

Osmos is a game by Hemisphere Games for iPad, iPhone, PC, Mac and Linux, and very soon to be Android too. It includes music from us (Gas, High Skies), and Biosphere, Loscil, Julien Neto and others. It is Apple’s iPad game of the year 2010 and the current TUAW iPad game of the year.

NEWTON’S LAW OF FREE ENERGY
One of the best ways to increase your mass and vector in Osmos is to point yourself at a wall and charge.


The (added) arrows show the direction of your path.

On the above image, your ‘mass’ is expelled behind you (lined up under the red arrows) and will increasingly travel in your direction as you gather speed, following you, so that as you are slowed down by Newton’s First Law (by absorbing motes unfortunate enough to be smaller than you), the same motes you expelled earlier will catch you up and be reabsorbed back into your well-fed self. So now you have plumpness with matching residual motion for free, where you can continue on, absorbing motes in your path.

OSMOTE vs GOLIATH Continue reading Osmos: Tips for a Long and Happy Life

Osmos wins Apple Design Award 2011

Apple Design AwardAnother woah! for Osmos and Hemisphere; Osmos has won the Apple Design Award 2011!

There were twelve winners, just three in each category of iPhone, Mac, Student and iPad, which was Osmos’ category.

Eddy from Hemisphere attended to pick up his award of Apple hardware and metallic cuboid that glows when you touch it. We look forward to seeing Eddy’s pics!

Osmos included music from Gas and High Skies, and is available on PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Linux.

Visit apple.com to view all the winners…

Silk for iPad, copies to be won.

Silk for iPadAdd a comment below to win a copy.

Silk.
With the swish of a finger anyone can create beautiful, flowing art entwined with an ethereal soundscape, a world where riches of color spring from your fingertips.

  • The official app of www.weavesilk.com with millions of users.
  • Create gorgeous wallpapers with the swish of a finger.
  • Original music and sound by Mat Jarvis (High Skies)

All music and sound was performed on Jupiter 6 and ARP Odyssey, and features a brand new High Skies track. Compatible with all iPads, iOS v4.0 or later.

Simply add a comment to win a copy, we have three copies to give away. The draw will take place on Friday 27th May 2011. Anyone who wins and has already bought Silk will get a full refund, or is free to give to a friend.

Get Silk from the App Store

Some sample images you can create with Silk…

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Don’t forget to add a comment below to win, simple!
We do not keep email addresses and only the winners will be contacted, so there is no reason not to enter! Good luck!