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PASCO Launches Mobile Science Apps
- By Evan Tassistro
PASCO Scientific introduced two applications for Apple mobile devices at ISTE 2010 in Denver: SPARKvue 1.1 for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad; and MatchGraph for the iPhone 4. Both are available for download from Apple's App Store.
SPARKvue records data from the built-in device accelerometer or PASCO sensors, which can be connected via a Pasport Airlink2 wireless Bluetooth interface. Results are then displayed as graphs or statistics or can be shown in other forms. The application is offered for free, but Pasport Airlink 2 and sensors are sold separately. New in version 1.1 are improved data display and landscape and portrait mode optimizations for the iPad, plus four sample acceleration experiments using the internal accelerometer.
The MatchGraph game, a $0.99 App Store download through iTunes, uses the iPhone 4's gyroscope to sense rotations over a 10 second period and plot them to a graph. Players try to match one of four difficulty-scaled plots as closely as possible and are scored on the results. High scores require proper analysis of the provided graph.
The new applications are being shown at the ISTE 2010 conference in Denver, CO from June 28 to June 30.
More information can be found here.
Evan Tassistro is a freelance writer based in San Diego, CA.