science-to-touch


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  • higher resolution,
  • support for the Apple Pencil,
  • dynamic strokes,
  • background colors,
  • more storage slots.
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Philosophy:
Science-to-touch is a collection of projects which are aimed at interactive visualization of science. The basic philosophy behind the project is that visualization and interactivity makes science accessible, understandable and fun. Science-to-touch tries to provide high quality content that helps to get in touch with various interesting topics. All projects should be equally creative, informative and accessible. Get in touch with it!


 
Touch devices:
A particular aim of the science-to-touch project is to create software for touch devices. This software should provide a natural way to interact with the images and imaginations behind scientific concepts. The first project available in this context is the iOrnament app, a drawing and explanation tool for the 17 crystallographic wallpaper groups. This app provides a highly creative drawing environment for symmetric patterns, as well as lots of interactive background explanations on this topic.


Exhibitions:
The work on the science-to-touch project is influenced by several related projects. Among them is in particular the designing of hands-on math exhibitions. One of them is the ix-quadrat at the campus of Technical University Munich. I am also responsible for an interactive touch screen installation at the Deutsche Museum München and at the Mathematikon in Heidelberg. In all these exhibitions it is tried to provide playful and creative environments that invite to interact with science.



Related projects:
The creation of interactive web based materials is another important related activity. In collaboration with Ulli Kortenkamp I am author of the interactive mathematics software Cinderella. This award winning software provides a rapid prototyping tool, for interactive visualizations for mathematics, physics and related topics. Based on Cinderella is the project Mathe-Vital. This project provides a collection of almost 500 interactive pages that support learning of mathematics on a university level. Mathe-Vital won the trinational MedidaPrix contest in 2008. More information in the related project section.





Comments on our projects:
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appAdvice.com: "Let your creative side shine with this entertaining art app"

unworldly.co.uk: "[Using iOrnament] felt similar to the way it feels when improvising music or building up a rhythm in a sequencer. Unexpected strands keep popping up, and the joy is in following them and seeing where they lead."

musthaveapps.de: "Über­haupt macht diese App Jung und Alt gleichsam Spaß, ob ambi­tio­niert oder ein­fach drauf los, hier ent­steht Kunst! [......] iOr­na­ment ist ein phan­tas­ti­sches Kreativ-Werkzeug für das iPad und iPhone. Ohne Zweifel eine Must Have App par exzellence."