Exploratorium Releases Audio-Centric iPad App

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Audiophiles, rejoice: The Exploratorium museum today released a free iPad app that lets users explore auditory illusions and acoustic phenomena.

The free application, Sound Uncovered, uses science and technology to inform through activities, articles, and interactive media.

“We’ve always believed in technology’s ability to bring the Exploratorium to people anywhere in the world, but the challenge lies in translating the authentic hands-on experiences of our visitors into the mobile era, where tablets and mobile devices are making it possible to multiply our reach in unprecedented ways,” executive associate director Rob Semper said in a statement.

The museum now opens its doors to Apple tablet owners, who can take an educational leap into the world of things that go bump, beep, boom, and vroom.

“As we prepare to enter the next phase in our history with a new home, we want to make the love of science and learning that is a fundamental part of the Exploratorium accessible to all,” Semper said.

The Exploratorium is moving to a new location at Pier 15 on San Francisco’s Embarcadero, which will officially open on April 17.

Sound Uncovered features 12 experiments for all ages, including Find the Highest Note (a musical brain teaser); Play It Backward (record your own voice and listen to it in reverse); The Beat Goes On. And Off. And On (explore beat waves and interference); Eyes vs. Ears (find out how your eyes can fool your ears); and How Old Are Your Ears? (test your upper-range hearing capabilities).

“What’s great about Sound Uncovered is that people can directly manipulate, examine and play with sound — not just passively consume a textbook description,” Lowell Robinson, director of online engagement at the Exploratorium, said in a statement. “The app becomes a portable laboratory, empowering learners, parents, teachers and anyone who is curious.”

The Exploratorium, which was founded in 1969 by Manhattan Project physical Frank Oppenheimer, reaches 180 million people annually with exhibits found in more than 1,000 global science centers and other learning tools. The institution released Color Uncovered in 2011, an interactive e-book that serves as another educator resource.

Sound Uncovered is now available for free in the Apple App Store. It require iOS 6 and above.

By Stephanie Mlot, PCMag


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