Tall Chess is a beautifully designed Chess Game for the iPhone by the fine folks of Friends Of The Web. Unlike other chess apps, Tall Chess uses the entire screen of the device to present the game board, keeping the focus on the game, not extraneous and unnecessary interface elements. You can challenge your friends or an auto-match opponent via Game Center and if you’re a complete chess nerd you might be happy to know that you can export your games in algebraic notation.
My kids were lucky to get their hands on a not yet released TocaBoca app called Builders. I have never seen both my 7 and 3 year old more enthralled by a game. Ella kept shouting: “This is so much fun!”
And now that they’re sleeping, it’s my turn! Make sure to watch the above video to see what the fun is all about. The app is scheduled to be released on Thursday!
Wake, the minimal iPhone alarm clock app definitely made me look. Placing your hand over your phone will trigger the snooze and flipping over your phone will turn off your alarm. And for heavy sleepers there’s shake mode which forces you to shake your iPhone until you get up. Impressive. Congrats to the Tiny Hearts team.
The Crankerator lets you charge you iPod/iPhone/iPad on the go, when you’re far away from any outlets. It includes a micro USB cable so you can charge it up, via your computer or wall socket, before you hit the road! Brilliant!
Are you into eating locally grown food? Then you’ll enjoy Farmstand, an iPhone app built by my friends John, Josh and Glenn.
Farmstand makes it easy to discover and share the best of your local farmers’ market. The iphone app lets you share photos, post deals, and with that support local farmers. But they will soon take the experience beyond just the iphone as they are working hard on adding a web component featuring farmer profiles and restaurants that serve locally-grown food.
For the past two years Cesar Kuriyama has been recording 1 Second Every Day so he’ll never forget a day ever again. Cesar says that The One Second Project has had such profoundly positive impact on his life, that he decided to develop an App that will make it easy for anyone to create these day-memories.
The 0.99$ I spent on MaddieCam on Sunday have already paid off a hundred times over. Haven’t had this much fun with an app in a while. Maddie is the famous internet coonhound that stands on things and now, you can put her on anything you’d like, thanks to MaddieCam.
While visiting NYC last week, Christoph Niemann stopped by Studiomates and I got to see his brand new kids iPhone/iPad app called Petting Zoo. At the time he had just submitted it to the App Store, but it is live now! YES!
Interacting with Petting Zoo made me laugh, squeal and giggle. Yes, it’s *that* much fun to play with. Trust me, download it, and laugh away with your little ones (or alone). I can’t wait to show this to Tilo tonight!
My studiomates of Oak just launched the most beautiful weather app I have seen to date. It is called Blue and beautifully translates weather forecasts into a language of colors. The minimal interface provides a 36-hour weather forecasts relevant to your location. The hourly colors are generated based on three variables: temperature, humidity, and sunrise/sunset times for your current location.
I was blown away when I saw the app for the first time. This is a weather app I will actually enjoy using. And get this, not only is this Oak’s first venture into the land of iOS apps, they also built it in one week, during their stylish retreat in Los Angeles.
The iPhone Cable Trigger is a remote shutter release for iDevices. Handy for those times when you want to take a photo without touching your phone, and for starting and stopping video sans camera-shake.
I had the honor to sit next to Ping Fu at last night’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards Gala and she handed me a an absolutely amazing 3D printed iPhone Case by Freshfiber. I put it on my iPhone and have been fiddling with it nonstop since. The interlinked rings create an incredibly fascinating texture. The rings move seperately from each other so you can jiggle them.
The case was designed by Janne Kyttanen and you can buy it and lots of other cool 3D printed designs over at Freshfiber.
Maily is an email app for little kids that let’s them draw/write a message and then send it to a selected group of family members and friends. Cute idea. And most of all, the name Maily makes me smile.