Miscs Apps for iOS Device (April 2012) : SleepKeeper, Cristiano Ronaldo, NatureTap

4/13/2012 1:51:20 PM


Description: SleepKeeper

The saying goes that there’s an app for that!” and here’s an app that could be used for good and evil. Sleep Keeper is the useful yet creepy app that allows users to take incremental photos and sound recordings, used mostly to capture snoring or other strange bedtime habits like sleep walking or stealing covers.

The app then takes these images and recordings and compiles them into a time-lapse video that lets you see how the night played out. The increments can be set to 5, 7, 10, 15 or 30 minutes and the duration of the incremental sound recordings can be set to 5, 10 or 15 seconds. There’s even a graph lab thrown in that organizes sleep sessions into a timeline and records those stages of sleep rather than actually measuring sleep patterns.

While in some cases this could be very useful for restless or overly deep sleepers it’s also a little creepy and not something most people necessarily want to see. It could also be a tool for inadvertently waging war between you and your partner or used for rather unscrupulous behaviour that is certainly not condoned here!

Those looking to use it for its intended purpose might find the intermittent flashes from the camera annoying and interrupting, but it could prove valuable for those who snore, move a lot or sleepwalk during the night. On the flip side, you could try and capture that ghost that’s been making a lot of noise!

It’s fairly simple to use and includes a brief picture tutorial to get you started. The app uses the rear facing camera so you’ll need to place it and view before deciding on the final placement to ensure you capture what you’re after. The flash is pretty bright and there is a sound, but the constant use means you might need to plug it into a wall socket that could prove difficult in terms of placement. And if you achieve the desired result and you want to spruce it up a little, you can add music and share your sleepy compilation via email, though who would want to see it is anyone’s guess.

SleepKeeper has been designed as a tongue in cheek, entertaining and self serving app that could provide help to those with strange sleeping patterns and habits. It’s a little stalker-ish and bizarre if in the wrong hands but it could also settle, or create, a few arguments too.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Description: Cristiano Ronaldo

If there was ever going to be one football/soccer star that had his own app, it would be Cristiano Ronaldo. There’s no question the Real Madrid goal machine is a superstar but from the outside looking in, his ego is as big as his status as one of the world’s best players.

Thankfully, his ego isn’t so big that this is a paid app. It’s free (unlike Kobe Bryant!), and he isn’t even the first sportsperson to release his own official app so maybe he is a little more humble than some people (me included) give him credit for. But this is the latest app of it’s kind and as good as any to generally highlight what most of these sports/lifestyle apps offer.

This particular app keeps you updated on all things Ronaldo from his goal scoring exploits to interviews to his official tweets with exclusive pictures and videos not seen anywhere else. It’s basically VIP access to the Portugese star without having to fight your way through the throng of reporters and photographers following his every move.

Users have the option of switching between his official news feed or tweets with the ability to leave comments with Facebook and Twitter integration. Clearly not all the posts are from the man himself and he probably has one or two media managers handling it for him. But from the messages and tweets I read, he seemed to engage with his fans where possible.

There is also a Fan Wall where anyone and everyone can send out gushing messages and tributes or interact with other fans. It’s also here that you can enter competitions for exclusive signed Ronaldo merchandise. Users also gain access to a range of videos from special goals, to ads featuring Ronaldo and personal messages to his fans.

There is a games and apps tab but this only serves as a window to buy both the CR7 Freestyle and Heads Up games already released. Although this is free, it would have been nice to see some games included to keep some interest going beyond the usual updates, photos and videos.

This is most definitely an app for Ronaldo fans but beyond that you might find it a little self indulgent. He’s not the first or the last sports star to have an app and it’s clear this will become standard for any sportsperson in the near future. But there is nothing ground breaking about it and while their priorities lie on the field or arena, apps like this need to evolve to keep anyone’s interest beyond a few months.



Description: NatureTap

This is the type of application that will appeal to lovers of animals and the outdoors alike. NatureTap is a very in-depth “nature education tool” that was developed by Green Mountain Digital LLC. If you have ever been curious about a wild animal that you discovered while hiking or have just been curious about a specific animal in general than this is the App for you. There is a goldmine of information here just waiting to be discovered. The application is free to download but there are specific “animal packages” that you can purchase within the application (usually only 0.99 USD each).

Description: NatureTap

The free version of NatureTap will give you access to a small amount of bird species and if you sign up (for free) by entering your email and creating a username, you can get free access to the Insects and Spiders pack. The other packages available right now for purchase include; Wildflowers, More Birds, and Reptiles and Amphibians. The company will be constantly adding new packages available for sale with subsequent updates.

NatureTap gives you an amazingly organized database with large, easy to view pictures and a plethora of information about the given animal or flora. You can view animals according to their shape, species, and color. Where applicable, you can even preview a sound of the animal, giving you that much more detail. On top of that, you will get interesting things like the stats of a given creature and even its migratory patterns and residence. This can be viewed on a map of the United States, which shows shaded areas and an easy to follow key. So far there doesn’t seem to be maps for other parts of the world, but that will surely come with time.

Description: NatureTap

The application even includes neat games like “match the sound” or “memory,” and offers both timed and un-timed versions. These games will help you to easily remember and identify the animals and flora you are interested in. This can also be fun for the younger members of your family and will help them learn about creatures in a way that is entertaining to them.

NatureTap is the type of application that will appeal to any wildlife lover, but it can also be a very helpful tool when taking a trip or hiking in an unfamiliar territory. You will always have information about poisonous animals and fauna at your fingertips and this could potentially save a life if you come into contact with something foreign. The mass amount of information, organization, and easy to see pictures will allow you to identify things quickly and efficiently. If you’re itching to learn about the wild then check out NatureTap.

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