So when I set this in front of my 4 month old, I totally didn’t mean to create an app review – but he was so mesmerized - I had to video. Izaiah is 4 months in this video.
What is Uzu?
Uzu is…. A Kinetic Multitouch Particle Visualizer
Uhm. Okay but WHAT IS UZU. Uzu, originally an iPad app – now available for the iPhone – is an app that produces amazing color and patterns – you can control by touching various parts of the screen.
As you can see – little Iza is absolutely fascinated. When he touches the screen the colors burst like fireworks and then he let’s go and they fizzle out. This keeps his attention for more second than I can and then he screams. He’s 4 months old in this – so i’d like to think that this is a winner, considering he doesn’t hold a rattle for longer than 5 seconds.
I have to agree with a lot of people out there, this app is absolutely stunning. On our ride home from Austin a few weekends ago, I gave this app to the older kids to keep quiet. It did it’s job – so not only is it fascinating to this 31-year old mom – the 4 month old, the 5-year old, the 7-year old – and my husband all love this app.
I’m not sure if this is on the iPad demos at the Apple store – if not – this app rightfully deserves a place on them.
Uzu recently won iTunes App of the Week and held the #2 app spot for a week!
Here are the deets on purchasing the Uzu apps:
From the Uzu Creator –>
Description of the iPad Uzu App
Technically speaking, Uzu is a kinetic multitouch particle visualizer. Really it’s a sort-of math-physics-art-toy for anyone who ever loved spirographs, fireworks, planetariums, lava lamps, light sabers, pen lasers, tesla coils, christmas lights, or graphing calculators.
Points of light will shoot across the screen and fly to your command, twirling in a vortex of color and motion. Freeze and move Uzu in 3d space while contorting spirographic curves with your fingers. Uzu lets you quickly switch between 10 different modes of real-time animation by simply changing the number of touches you’re using. You can spend countless hours discovering the many unique ways of playing and interacting with Uzu.
Uzu is very happy when multiple people touch it. Uzu loves parties, children, music, cats, and pubs – although not necessarily in that order. Uzu has many plans for the future, but Uzu would like to hang out with you now if that’s cool.
****** 10 MODES OF CONTROL *******
0 Touch: Brownian motion and boundary wrap
1 Touch: emanate and radiate
2 Touch: pinch attraction and boundary bounce
3 Touch: tri-point vortex
4 Touch: quad-point inverted vortex
5 Touch: 3d freeze and translate
6 Touch: 3d oscillating mass
7 Touch: 3d tri-arm spiral
8 Touch: 3d warp and inverted translate
9 Touch: 9 springy space ribbons
10 Touch: change color and particle size