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 the Uzu App?
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:
The Uzu iPad app – 99 cents
Little Uzu iPhone app or iPod Touch app – 99 cents
From the Uzu Creator –>
Description of the iPad Uzu App
Technically speaking, Uzu is a kinetic multitouch particle visualizer. Really its 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 youre 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 thats 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
My wee little one, is growing. He’s already 4 months and has melted our hearts. Wow. How time flies. In the time between #2 and this last kiddo, there were 5 years. In those 5 years, many great gadgets were created with the baby in mind.
Whether you a digital mom on her 3rd kid, a first time mom, or a tech dad – check out these goodies. These also serve as great baby gifts – or put them on your baby registry:
Technology for Babies
Here are my top 5 Technology Must Haves for Babies
5. A Web Enabled Baby Monitor
After searching for the ultimate baby monitor – we chose the Bambino Wireless Internet Baby Monitor. This monitor has a great reception, connects to my computer and who would of thunk… a baby monitor iPhone app – SOLD! We purchased out Bambino baby monitor at Amazon for $129 – it’s now $99! Not too shabby.
4. A Crib MP3 Player
Our family loves music. The only music we can play, is Rock Band on the PS3 – but we can listen all day! Music has been a key in raising our children. With this handy dandy crib MP3 player, your baby can close his eyes and drift to sleep. We have the Rockabye Baby Lullaby Renditions of the Beatles on our little ones crib MP3 player.
3. A Wipe Warmer
Your baby’s butt deserves the best. Treat your baby’s booty to nice warm wipes via a Prince Lionheart Wipe Warmer. Sure, you may roll your eyes, but just think – you always want to give your kids what you don’t have – and I bet you unless you are younger than a 2nd grader – your butt was NOT wiped by warm wipes. Your mom slapped wash cloths on your behind to do the cleaning. For $19.99 it’s worth putting on your registry. We had a warmer with our 1st and 2nd and this is the best wipe warmer we have come across. It’s very easy to maintain and the wipes are not too hot.
2. TextHook Stroller Smartphone Holder
Working off those baby pounds? I hear ya sister. That cute little 7lb 6oz baby didn’t take all it’s weight with him when departing my body. He forgot about 40 lbs. So walking leaves you in an awkward situation on where to put your phone. So put your new iPhone 4G or any other smartphone into this brilliantly designed stroller phone holder – made for your stroller. The Texthook Stroller Smartphone Holder is sure to keep you occupied while hitting the concrete with the bambino!
1. A Good DSLR Camera
A good DSLR Camera will create a whole new experience for your child. This is the first child that I’ve owned a DSLR at birth. My poor 3rd child has retina burn out from the photos i’ve taken of him I personally own a Canon 40D – which I absolutely love. If I were purchasing new today, I would definately take a look at the Canon EOS Rebel T1i. It’s priced right at $699 – HALF of what the 40D cost me! The Canon Rebel Tl1 boasts 15.1 MP, a 3-Inch LCD and you can get bundled with a EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens. To top all of that off – the Rebel Tli offers HD video. Yep, you can get those darling goo goo gah gahs in 1920 x 1080 resolution.
In all seriousness, the photos you can capture via a DSLR are priceless. We haven’t thrown money at a portrait studio with this kid, we’re able to create our own experiences, not staged every day that are priceless and well shot. Thank you Canon 40D! (I have since upgraded to a Canon 60D)