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App Wrap: 'Journeys of Invention,' 'Incredible Numbers'

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NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

It is one of, if not, perhaps, the best reason a parent can think of to want to hand their child a mobile device to stare at for an hour or two: when that mobile device is actually teaching them something, particularly as the summer winds down and school is set to begin. Well, app developers at Touch Press over in the UK have become masters at getting kids to want to learn via interactive experiences. Here now, two from the same folks behind "The Elements" and "X is for X-ray," among others.

Journeys of Invention

The first, "Journeys of Invention," takes you on 14 interactive tours of London's Science Museum, where you can virtually pick up, examine and, in some cases, even use more than 80 objects that were considered cutting-edge technology at some point in time, from the transatlantic telegraph cable to the Apollo 10 Space Module to even the World Wide Web. Up front on the title screen, you can see how so many of the inventions are connected to and helped inspire the others.

"Journeys of Invention" is an iPad app for about $10.

Incredible Numbers

And "Incredible Numbers" is an app developed in cooperation with mathematics professor and author Ian Stewart.

This one is for the real math enthusiast in your home who has studied things like Fibonacci numbers or heptadecagons. It takes those often confusing subjects and breaks them down a bit but more importantly, shows you where you can find them and how you can use them in the world around you. There are even little exercises in there to help you work with the concepts. Plus, there are about two dozen math puzzles for you to work out.

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