App Wrap: "iPoe," "Mask Jumble Animals"
YNN highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment “App Wrap.” YNN's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
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The problem with required reading in school is that the word "required" kind of takes the fun out of anything. So it's hoped that apps can get students to choose to do certain readings before they are required. The "iPoe" app is an interactive collection of some of Edgar Allan Poe's more recognizable works, "The Oval Portrait," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "Annabel Lee" and "The Masque Of The Red Death."
Each of the stories has not only spooky illustrations and animations, many of which can be manipulate by the user's fingers, but there is also an original soundtrack to further help set the mood.
There is also a biography of Poe and a cool interactive sketchbook that lets users swipe to see how hand-drawn concepts ended up in their final app form.
"IPoe," which can be run in English, Spanish and French, is an iOS app for $1.99.
Mask Jumble Animals
For kids, it's harder to find a more interactive way to learn a bit about animals than the "Mask Jumble Animals" app. The user faces a mobile device, a camera lines up the user's face and then animal parts are stuck on the player. The gamer swaps out the parts already on his or her face for the ones that match the animal on a card on the screen.
Once the user's face matches the animal on the card, a photo is taken and the user plays a mini-game where the animal face has to catch virtual strawberries in its mouth.
"Mask Jumble Animals" is an iOS app. The free version has three masks and the full app for 99 cents includes 10 masks.