If you find yourself tinkering around the same old games on your smartphone, maybe it’s time to put some of that processing power to good use and give your brain a bit of a workout. Here are some of the best android apps for anyone interested in a little science, including a spot of VR, some sumptuous nature, and yes, a calculator (we promise it’s a good one).
This clever app allows you to create your very own (virtual) particle accelerator, using nothing more than a smartphone and some paper cubes.
Position the cubes on a flat surface (each cube represents a different component of the accelerator, such as a particle source and an electric field) and then bring it to life on-screen using the accompanying app.
The ultimate companion for any serious birder, this digital version of Collins’ bird bible covers over 700 European species, with 3,500+ illustrations helping you to tell your ruddy shelduck from your red-crested pochard.
Once you’ve identified the bird, learn about its habitat and range, and record your sighting using the listing tool.
For anyone who’s ever wanted to learn to draw, this app provides a clever way. SketchAR lets you choose an image and then hold your phone or tablet over a blank piece of paper to see that image appear on-screen. You can then simply trace what you see, replicating the image line by line to create something that even Picasso would be proud of.
In the 1980s, the theologian John Hull lost his sight. He began keeping an audio diary, a document which forms the basis of the critically acclaimed film Notes on Blindness, released earlier this year. This accompanying VR experience beautifully recreates memories and moments from John’s audio diary, immersing the viewer in a ‘world beyond sight’.
Inspire the astronomers of the future with this introductory guide to our Solar System. Aimed at kids aged six and up, they’ll learn about the science and history of each planet before embarking on missions to test their knowledge, from repairing a Martian rover to collecting diamonds on Neptune.