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Matching for Toddlers – PhotoMatchTots



982043_150727 PhotoMatchTots 

Weily Apps –  $.99

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The concept is universal, it might be known as matching, or concentration, memory, regardless of what its call, it’s the same.  Encouraging kids to pay attention and remember images on cards, flipping them, and seeing if they can match them up.  Its gotten to the point that this is even a part of Nick Jr around commercial breaks.  Matching is a game I’ve played with both my older kids, including getting my son Toy Story 3 matching game for Christmas.

What the people at Weily Apps has done, has taken this concept (because it would be pretty hard to play this in a doctor’s office, grocery story, or in the car) and applied a little out of box thinking to take advantage of being on the iPhone.  You have the option to play the typical game using cards predetermined by the app, or you have the option to make cards using photos you have on your phone.  Matching is typically geared towards preschoolers, maybe slightly younger, but PhotoMatchTots is geared towards even younger kids, and allowing the option to select your own photos is something that I think benefits the younger kids, as it can be a photo that they already can associate with and remember.  Look at it as training wheels for your toddler and they work on their cognitive ability.

Features in My PhotoMatchTots 1.1 are
– 2 levels of play: 6 or 12 cards
– Fun sounds
– Continually mix it up by changing your game with your personal photos
– Large card size to accommodate young hands

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BOTTOM LINE

“PhotoMatchTots- children’s memory puzzle game” doesn’t win any awards for flashy design, but its not meant to.  Its flashy in its simplicity, not only of style but of execution, of a common game for young kids.  The ability to customize the cards I feel will help broaden the appeal to slightly younger kids then most memory games, as you can add that level of familiarity.  At the price tag it carries (.99) its worth grabbing for that extra little bit of entertainment you might need in those trouble times!

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Old MacDonald Had an App, EE-I-EE-I-O: Old MacDonald Piano


Title: Old MacDonald Piano  Price: $1.99    Developer: Kiboomu Publishing

image Anyone that follows this site knows that when it comes to iPhone apps, I tend to concentrate more on apps geared towards younger kids, and I test every single app I write about with my Bug (my 16 month old daughter).  Through all my reviews to this point, there have been very few that I’ve truly gushed about and praised about more then Kiboomu’s first app: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Piano.  Well, the people behind Kiboomu have gone against the old adage and proven that lightning can, and does strike twice, with their equally great and enjoyable Old MacDonald Piano!

Just like with their first one, Kiboomu has taken a favorite and classic children’s song, and put a fresh, entertaining, and equally educational spin on it.  Old MacDonald comes with the four modes that users of Twinkle Twinkle have become familiar with; Play Sing Along, Learn The Song, Karaoke Mode, and Freestyle Mode.  What, in my opinion, sets Old MacDonald above Twinkle Twinkle are the entertaining images that accompany the song as it plays, along with, what we’ll call the “commentary” from the farmer himself.

Created by a preschool teacher and pianist, this interactive app encourages children to take a more active role in learning.  It’s also a really fun way to introduce children to playing piano and the fun of music.  Research has shown that piano lessons have helped children in school, with concentration and coordination.  Beyond the simple aspects of entertainment value, this app can open the door for many more possibilities with your child down the road.

With this play-a-song iPhone app, children can do the following:
♫ follow the lighted keys or match the colorful music notes to the piano keys
♫ watch the piano keys light up one by one with the song
♫ press the start button and sing along
♫ add animal sounds to the song
♫ hear the song played on a banjo, xylophone, harp, flute, bells and more!
♫ record your child singing and playing the piano!
♫ sing and read karaoke style lyrics in English, French & Spanish

imageThis app is seriously one of my favorites that have been released this year and is definitely a must have for any parent of a toddler or preschooler.  The beauty of Kiboomu’s apps, and what I think will set them apart from other developers down the road, is that their apps have so many interactive levels, that the use of the app can grow and expand as your child grows.

Don’t believe me?  Head on over to Kiboomu Kids to learn more about their great apps and don’t forget to check them out on Facebook and Twitter

Old MacDonald Piano is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later.

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Camera+ gets stable without a tripod with version 1.2.1


With one of the few apps that I follow and keep tight tabs on personally because I love it, I thought I’d keep my readers updated, as this app has made a few of my lists, and will be included in another upcoming list soon.  Announced today, the people at tap tap tap announced a stability update of Camera+ with already mentioning version 1.3 and new features!!  Whoohoo!!   Below is the an exert of tap tap tap’s announcement on their blog:

For this release, we’ve gone into bug-fix mode in order to make Camera+ as stable and reliable as it can possibly be. Here are the release notes for version 1.2.1 (app store link):

  •  greatly improved usability of our exclusive Touch Exposure and Touch Focus features so that you can now move around the controls once you lift your fingers, hopefully resulting in far fewer cases of pretzel-finger
  •  fixed a bug where the camera shutter button would stop functioning (again)
  •  fixed a bug where the whole app basically wasn’t working if you were using the app on a certain beta version of a certain OS (special thanks to the several people who 1-starred us for not being completely on the bleeding edge while we develop… it’s payback time and you owe us stars… staaarrrsssss!)
  •  fixed a bug where double flash & flip controls would appear in the camera screen

Click the link above if you would like to read the rest of the release notes, and if you haven’t already, go out and buy this app, it is well worth it!  Now the wait begins for Camera+ 1.3!!

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30 Days of ‘Fu’ – Day 2


Setting up

Okay, so here we go, day 2.  Day 1 I zipped through using the squats and crunches, but today with the pushups and pullups, I have to use my make shift sports strap, and I’m unsure of how it will hold up.  As I already have my account created, I just have to sync these two apps with my already created GymFu account, go through the introductions and instructions, and its away we go!

Training

These two apps give you the option of either having the phone be on the inside or the outside of your bicep, pointed down.  I chose inside my bicep hoping it would be easier to push start and be ready to go.  Plan was good with the pushups, not as well on the pullups, but more on that below.

Training works the same as with crunches and squats.  I had my baby girl helping me with the pushups, so my initial testing didn’t go so well, and well, I sucked on the pullups, but, I didn’t retake the tests on the first day and I chose not to today, so I go with what I got.  I’m doing all this from the aspect of a Dad, so if my baby girl distracts me, well that’s part of it!

Usage

I started with the pushups, which were no problem.  I was able to go through all the motions, had the timing down, so I wasn’t called down on “half” or too fast, and having my phone on the inside of my arm, even with my make shift band, helped me be able to cancel the 120 second break between reps and keep on going through the pushups.

Now the embarrassing part.  I borrowed my brother’s pullup bar he had when he purchased the P90X workout DVDs.  I knew I was in trouble when he bet me I couldn’t do 3 “real” pullups for $100 and I failed, but I went through with it anyway.  Setup the bar in a doorway, and went to it.  The starting point for the pullups is you hanging from the bar, so you have to push start, then lower yourself and hang until it tells you go.  I was able to do 1 and then got called on “half” afterwards.  I had to cheat a little to get through all the reps without being called “half!” on them.  Something I’m not proud of at all, truly embarrassed to be writing that, but am determined to be improved by the end of the 30 days.

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After 2 days, I’ve used GymFu’s 4 apps, and am rather impressed by them.  For a quick easy workout in my office or upstairs I could easily use these apps more then what I’m using them, but for these tests and reviews, I’m using he apps how they suggest, with resting 48 hrs between workouts.  I plan on looking into the battles and leagues after I get my reps up, hopefully this time next week, but now that we’ve gotten over the hump of getting started with the apps, it time really get into them and see what they can do.

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30 Days of ‘Fu’ – Day 1


Setting up

Okay, so here we go, day 1 of my GymFu experiment.  The setup is pretty straight forward.  When you open up any of the 4 apps Gymfu offers,  you’re welcomed to a Home screen.  If its you’re first time using the app, you have a welcome message to read, and if you don’t read it and close the app, the app shows a 1 on it similar to Facebook and your email icons, which leads me to believe that this screen will be a place to receive update messages and such from GymFu.com.  Also on this screen will be a graph showing your progress, something that won’t show until you’ve had at least 2 days worth of training on the apps.

When you go to create your account, you may either create a new account or given thephoto option to simply connect your GymFu account with your Twitter account, which is what I did.  When I did this, I was automatically set to follow @GymFu, and a few moments later, was sent a direct message from GymFu giving me my username, which was based off my twitter name, and a password, which you can easily change from the accounts settings screen.  This was a one time event.  After creating my GymFu account on the first app, when I went to setup my accounts on the other 3 apps, and they recognized I already had an account to sync with.

Also on the screen, you have selections of the Home screen, Training, Battle Mode (where you can challenge other people) and Leagues (haven’t really looked into this yet, will later on)

When you go into the training, before you can start using the app as its intended, you have to go through 4 sections: All about you exercise, All about ‘Fu’, Practice and first test.  I’m actually impressed with this as it tells you the proper way to do the exercise your ‘Fu’ is for (squats, pushups, pull-ups, and crunches.), along with giving visuals as to how you should position your phone, either with your hands or using a sports band (for pushups and pullups).  After you’ve be given the walkthrough, you test your ability to understand what the app has told you with a practice run, if you pass the practice run, you get to go to your first test, where it asks you to do as many reps as you can, as to gauge where your first real day of training should start..

Day 1 I zipped through using the squats and crunches, but today with the pushups and pullups, I have to use my make shift sports strap, and I’m unsure of how it will hold up.  As I already have my account created, I just have to sync these two apps with my already created GymFu account, go through the introductions and instructions, and its away we go!

Training

To be fair to testing these apps for 30 days, I felt like doing everything they suggest.  One suggestion you’re given while going through the welcome screens is that you should rest 48 between training sessions, so I’ve split my time between the four apps.  Day 1 will be crunches and squats, Day 2 will be pushups and pullups, Day 3 will be resting, and I will follow that pattern for the 30 days.

I was honestly unsure of how the apps would work, but after using them I’m fairly impressed.  I started with the crunches, which has you hold your phone to your chest, pointed down, with both hands.  The program requires you to raise your shoulders to a 30 degree angle.  If you do not raise up high enough, its only counted as “half” and if you go through your reps too quickly, then you’re called to slow down.  Its not that bad and after once or twice you get the motion and speed down fairly easily.  The program splits your training into 5 sets of varying numbers of sets.  After each set, you’re given a 2 minute break, which you can choose to bypass or you can sit there and wait.  Which, with the small numbers I got started with, I zipped right through the resting periods, except for the last set, which has you do a set number of reps, but then you do as many as you can.

Usage

I started with crunches, and once I got accustomed to using the app, it was smooth going.  I actually messed up somewhat on the test and the beginning, trying to slide the bar notifying I was done, rather then sit still until the app registered me as complete.  Basically the way it works is you push ‘Start” on your phone, get settled into and stay in the start position, once the phone registers this and registers you as remaining still, it will begin to count, once you have completed your reps and stay still for a few seconds, the app registers you as complete.  My first rep, I got called on for “Half!” but after that it was smooth sailing.  And it wasn’t bad having to hold my phone against my chest either.

Squats gave me a little more trouble at the beginning.  The app suggests that you can either put your phone in your front pants pocket or using a sports strap.  Unfortunately I do not have a strap yet, but I tried to make one, with a small amount of success.  After being called on for “half” for most of my reps in

the first step, because it wasn’t registering my thighs being in the proper position, I switched from the strap to my phone in my pocket, which surprisingly worked very very well!  The best part about this for me is that it works so well in your pocket, you could easily do the squat exercises at work or somewhere other then home if you wanted.

Reactions

Well, after the first day, I’m impressed with how the apps works, the motion detection and direction were much better then I was expecting.  Although the number of reps were not as high as I was expecting or liked, part of that probably stems from me learning the apps functions as I went and being too stubborn to retake the tests.  Overall, first day impressions are A’s all around.  For an exercise app on your phone, you couldn’t ask for me.  I realize this is somewhat a quick zip through, but as I continue to use the apps, I will elaborate and cover more aspects, but as I just started, I simply wanted to cover the bare basics.

Stats

Weight: 242lbs

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30 Days of ‘Fu’


Lets face it, no one ever has enough time in the day to do everything they want.  As you get older, you gain a career, a significant other, children, your responsibilities to other people begin to overtake your responsibilities to yourself, and things slowly slip through the cracks.  One that I’m guilty of, more so the past few years, has been my health and weight.  Sure, I’ve been determined on more then one occasion to get up and go to the gym.  I tell myself how I used to be in great shape, I used to love lifting weights, I can get back to that, I just have to get over the hump of getting started and it’ll be down hill from there.  Well, the hump is a bit more of a hill now, it takes longer to get over, and honestly, I always find something that I feel is more important then going to the gym before I get over that hump.

Part of my problem, or what I use for the biggest excuse, is my job.  My job is somewhat unpredictable in that there are days where I can’t guarantee I’ll be home at a certain time, and once I am home, I want to spend time with my kids, so the later home I get, the smaller the window I have before the kids go to sleep.  Things have to be thrown out, so they are!  Well through my random browsing, I came across a site; GymFu.com, where they currently offer 4 different apps in the Apple AppStore, all geared towards exercise, all using different techniques, and all being somewhat unique in their approach.

What the people at GymFu seem to have done is take the ideas people have now with the WiiFit, using equipment and motion as a means of support in exercising at home, because lets face it, you’re more likely to cheat if you’re at home, and shrunk it into the iPhone, using the device’s accelerometer to read and analyze your motions to determine the accuracy in which you do your exercises.  Which honestly, seems like a no brainer in terms of a use for the iPhone, its just something I haven’t come across before.

So, I decided, as motivation to get me back into the swing of things exercising, considering I do none currently, and as an excuse to blog more, I’m going to do 30 days of using GymFu’s apps.  This will be an extended, real time test and review of the apps.  I will weight once a week, follow the apps regimens and exercise, and will keep track of my calorie intake, testing out two apps there as well.

So, starting tomorrow, I will record my weight, start keeping track of my calories and will begin using the apps, which let me point out, short of just reading on them, I have not started using them yet.  I have not created accounts or anything else, I will start that tomorrow, as a means to begin just like anyone else would.

So, feel free to check back here tomorrow, and every few days as I will be updating on my progress, as well as my opinions and feedback on the apps, or follow me on Twitter @Michael_Parsons for updates from myself, as well as the apps as they seem to connect with your Twitter account if you choose to allow them access.  So check back with me, as I go through 30 Days of “Fu”

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Camera+ 1.2 released. New exclusive features!


Just last week, I posted a review on what I now consider the best iPhone camera app available right now in Camera+ from tap tap tap.  Well consider me surprised when Lisa Bettany, the professional photographer that is the mastermind being Camera+ tweeted

Woo! Camera+ 1.2 now available with exclusive Touch Exposure feature & detailed metadata 🙂

Not only was the best camera app being updated with a few minor bug fixes, but was adding brand new features including touch exposure to help you increase the quality and your ability to capture those rare moments in life.  Here is the release that was posted on taptaptap.com

Camera+ 1.2 is fresh off the presses and it’s got some very cool things in it! Get it now in the App Store.

Here’s the big list:

  • [Camera+ exclusive] Touch Exposure: set exposure separately from focus for the ultimate control of your shots (touch with a second finger to control exposure)
  • [Camera+ exclusive] Touch Focus: better than tap to focus because you can continuously drag the focus box around until your shots are in perfect focus
  • [Camera+ exclusive] Photo Flashlight: use the iPhone 4 LED flash as a continuous fill light to improve photo quality, especially for portrait and macro shots
  • speed of photo taking is now lightning fast
  • the high quality zoom control now works on iOS 4
  • stabilizer improvements
  • detailed metadata is now uploaded to photos shared on Flickr
  • fixed a bug where the camera shutter button would stop functioning
  • fixed a bug where photos wouldn’t display in the Lightbox on an iPad when in 2× magnification mode #weird
  • various minor bug fixes and enhancements

The new feature boasts the ability to allowing you to select a certain object in the photo your taking and adjust your focus accordingly.  Although currently unable to test this new feature as I’m waiting for the delivery of my new iPhone 4. (NOTE: The new touch exposure feature only works on the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 running iOS4) the video included at the link above shows great promise and has me excited about playing around and testing the new features range and ability.

Another reason you might find to go over to tap tap tap’s website is a funny little note about how a feature that they were wanting to implement into their app, a feature that I feel would throw this app above and beyond everything on the current market and would truly open the door as the iPhone being considered a true and tested camera on the go, was denied and caused the app to originally be denied acceptance into the App Store.  They also share a link where you can protest to Apple on their reasoning for this rejection.

Camera+ is one of the best values you can find in the App Store right now, so if you haven’t given yourself the privilege yet, these newest enhancements should be more then enough for you to embrace this excellent app

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An App in Review: Camera+


Title: Camera+ Price: $1.99 (currently on sale)   Developer: tap tap tap

4.5stars[4]

cameraAs a Dad, my iPhone isn’t my best, most advanced camera, but it is probably my most used camera, and is especially useful and irreplaceable in those rare moments when you just have to snap a picture.  In fact, being able to have a decent camera phone where I could save a number of pictures at any one time was one of the “excuses” I used when I was buying my original 3G after we found out Abby was on the way.

If you look in the App Store, there are what seems to be a million and 1 camera and photo related apps that you download.  One such app is Camera+ [iTunes link] which comes from photographer Lisa Bettany and developed and distributed by tap tap tap and is worth every penny!

On the straight forward side, when it comes to image capturing, Camera+ offers a grid, allowing you to help line up your photos, an image stabilizer, which takes advantage of the phones accelerometer.  By turning on the image stabilizer, the shutter button either will blink red, yellow, or green, depending on how still you’re holding the device.  Once you’re holding your phone steady enough for the shutter button to blink green, Camera+ will automatically take thePhoto2 picture.  This helps eliminate the blurry pictures you can sometime catch, but unless you have a steady hand or a surface to place to phone one to help keep it still, I’ve noticed its sometimes hard to reach the steadiness green requires.  Sure you could see it as a downfall, but the purpose is there, and the desire is a steady, clear picture, so you can’t really argue with the function of it.  Camera+ also offers a digital zoom, which when originally released, prior to iOS4, it was a bigger deal then it is now with digital zoom built in to the default camera app, but regardless of that, it’s a useful tool within this app.

In terms of social media, everyone wants to be able to share pictures you grab.  What’s the point in catching that once in a life time moment if you can’t show it off and brag about it, right?  Well Camera+ doesn’t disappoint in this area, as it offers the ability to share images directly to Twitter, facebook, and flickr, along with giving you the option to email directly from the app.  However where Camera+ truly shines and sets itself apart from other apps is:

Lightbox

This is when Camera+ starts separating itself from the crowd and truly makes its on of the top camera apps out there.  When you use Camera+ to capture images, it doesn’t throw the picture into your photo library with all your other pictures, but puts it in its own little album within the app itself.  I’ll admit when I first started using this app, I wasn’t sure about this function, after using the default camera app for so long, having these photos in a different area seemed alien at first, but after a couple of uses, I absolutely love this part of the app.  Basically The Lightbox allows you to store your photos you take away and out of the default photo album, giving you a chance to edit, share, save to your photo library or delete the photos you’ve taken.  One function I notice with the Lightbox immediately is that the possibility of duplicate photos is removed, where it has been an issue with other apps I’ve used in the past.

Editing, Effects, and Borders

Camera+ offers a robust selection of different editing possibilities for photos that you’ve taken.  You have the option to play with your photo’s exposure settings, with what is a very comprehensive set of tools, offering 11 different settings, or conditions including sunset and beach, but I have found that the auto exposure does a decent job of making your photo more vibrant.  Actually if you do nothing else with your photos, I’d suggest using the auto exposure.  I’ve even gone back to some photos I’ve taken prior to using Camera+ and improved theirPhoto1 quality using the auto exposure.

Another selection of tools allow for cropping of your photo, but where most apps will simply allow you to drag over what you want cropped, Camera+ offers you a good variety of presets that include 4×6 and square.

Camera+ doesn’t stop there, offering up a large number of special effects you can use on your photo, offering a total of 24 presets separated into 3 groups; Color, Retro and Special.  Although I’ve never been one for many effects past black & white (if you can call that an effect), I have found myself using a few of these more and more as just a fun way to spice my photos up.

Finally you have the border tool, which will allow you to finish your photo with 8 different selections including thin, classy borders, and gritty.  Giving you a chance to give your photos that extra “oomph” with that timeless Polaroid look!

Even though I can do any and all of these using Photoshop, but that takes away the fun and I find myself using this app more and more and simply having fun with it.   For a Dad, a parent, or just someone that likes to snap pictures at any given moment, this is a must have app to help open up your creativity on the go.  NOTE: Check out Lisa’s blog to see more info and a couple of short info videos on how the app works.

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Best iPhone apps for infants (Summer 2010 edition)


Its summer time!  Vacations and family outings, nearly guaranteeing you’ll be on the road, or another space that you will cringe at because you know, sooner or later, your baby, your joy, will become a screaming, kicking bundle of rage.  In the age of the iPhone baby, us as parents do have a tool to help easy the pain, one that is changing the landscape of the next generation in terms of tech savvy, hand/eye coordination, and methods of education.  Below are a few of the personally tested and approved apps, all for the iPhone, that gets the job done for this Daddy and his iPhone baby.

Peekaboo Barn/Peekaboo Wild  

imageThe first successful app to calm my daughter was the wonderful Peekaboo Barn.  Both Barn and the sequel app Peekaboo Wild offer a entertaining, colorful experience that can be completely controlled by your child.  Unlike similar apps that offer animal names and sounds, what Barn and Wild offer is a simplified interface that opens a wild world of fun for your child.  One touch of the screen will reveal the hidden animal, allowing your child to hear the sound the animal makes, then says its name.  A second touch takes that animal away, and resets to play peek-a-boo with the next animal.  The simplified navigation and function makes this an easy app to just load and hand over while driving, because once they figure it out, they love playing with it themselves.

Price: $1.99 for each (Peekaboo Barn Lite – Free)   Developer: Night & Day Studios   Link

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Preschool Storybook Piano

imageDon’t let the size of the name of this app scare you, in a very short time this has become a tried and true app that my daughter loves!  Its another one of those apps that you can just go to and let them loose with, letting them play the piano as the song plays, or mix and match.  The app comes with four separate modes play; Play Sing Along, Learn The Song, Karaoke Mode, and Freestyle Mode.  Each mode offers its own method to allow kids to learn this great classic song, giving this app the unique gift of having a renewing interest, even with kids that get bored quickly, allowing for separate methods of integration.

Price: $0.99   Developer: KIBOOMU  Link

BabyFirstTV’s Peek-a-boo, I See You! Lite

imageThis one I accidently ran across as I was searching for Peekaboo Wild in the app store to get the link for above and had to try it, I mean it has the BabyFirstTV’s name on it!  The app is a fun colorful little game where this character basically plays hide and seek with your child.  Limited to only 2 tries, the lite version gives you a chance to see how your child responds, and after showing my little girl once or twice what she needed to do, she caught on and started loving it!  The basis of the app is you have a character that comes out and says hi to your kid and then disappears!  The next thing you know you see a hand waving behind one of 3 objects on the screen, and once your child touches the appropriate object, our little cute character pops out and yells “Peek-a-boo!”  The only drawback I have with this compared to the others listed is its more of an app you let your child sit in your lap and play rather then just hand over, but that’s definitely not bad because its so much fun seeing how excited they get then they realize where the little character is hiding and they take their little finger to the screen.  This is just one of many apps under the BabyFirstTV’s name, and I will be checking out the others shortly, hoping they all match up to the level of this app.

Price: Free or 1.99 for paid version  Developer: BFTV, LLC   Link

Sound  Touch Lite

imageWhat makes Sound Touch Lite (and the paid version) unique is the vast amount of sounds it offers your child.  Boasting 120 pictures and sounds for the free version, and 240 in the paid version, Sound Touch gives your child 5 separate categories of pictures and sounds to go through.  Farm Animals, Cars, Zoo Animals, Music Instruments and Household sounds are the options available and give a fresh approach to a category of flashcard games that is growing for the younger ages.  Once your child figures out the concept of it, its another one of those you can just hand over to them and let them play and listen to their favorite sounds.

Price: Free or $1.99 for paid version Developer: Sound Touch   Link

Dr Seuss Classics

imageThis might be more of a favorite of mine right now then my girls, but I can’t help but put these on the list.  Oceanhouse Media has been rolling out what are basically interactive audio e-books of everyone’s favorite Dr Seuss classic books.  Already offering a handful of books including The Cat in the Hat, with more on the way, there is no doubt your favorite will show up if it hasn’t already, and what better way to introduce the iPhone Baby generation to the greatness that is Dr Seuss?  Offering you the control of reading and turning page by page, or just sitting back and watching as the book reads itself, these are great updated adaptions of everyone’s favorite classics.

Price: $0.99 – $3.99   Developer: Oceanhouse Media  Link

As always, if you feel I’ve missed an app that worthy of being looked out and tested, feel free to leave a comment.  All the above apps have been tested and entertained my 14 month old daughter, and thus are Geek Father Approved

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iPhone Apps for infants keeps growing! A look at an up and coming star…


star I’m not going to lie, I’m not sure how or why I became a fan of Kiboomu Kids on Facebook, but it has so been worth it!  They have just released their first of what will hopefully be many more apps with distribution through OneApp Applications Inc, Kiboomu Kids first app Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Preschool Storybook Piano (iPhone App) is a knock out hit! (And will be one of the featured apps for my new “iPhone Apps for Infants: Summer Edition” coming this week).

What Kiboomu did, has taken the classic song that we all learned when we were little, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and in my opinion, made it into an entertaining, educational, awe-inspiring NEW classic for what I deem the iPhone baby generation.  Twinkle, Twinkle comes with four modes to play; Play Sing Along, Learn The Song, Karaoke Mode, and Freestyle Mode.  Each mode offers its own method to allow kids to learn this great classic, giving this app the unique gift of having renewed interest, even with kids that get bored quickly, allowing for separate methods of integration.  (My girl prefers the Sing Along mode, and will both sit and listen, or play on the piano while listening and “singing” with it, so the toughest critic I have to offer, has a ball with it).

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As from the parental perspective, I enjoy the app greatly.  I can sing along with it, or be goofy with it to get Abby to laugh, or on what I consider a pretty cool note, you can play the Learn The Song mode, and the app teaches you the notes and how to play the song.  As far as apps go, this is a knock out hit and shows great promise for future apps coming from Kiboomu Kids. Highly Recommended and Geek Dad Approved!

*Head on over to Kiboomu Kids to learn more about this great app and to enter to win a free copy!  And don’t forget to check them out on Facebook and Twitter

 

UPDATE:  Kiboomu Kids has been kind enough to give Geekasms a promo code for a free copy of their great app!  Simply comment on this post for your chance to win a free copy of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Preschool Storybook Piano!!

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