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Byte The App: Must See Apps Of The Week 10/20

The app stores are teeming with new releases, but who has time to go through them all? We do. Bringing you a selection of the most interesting, creative, and innovative apps each week.
October 20, 2011, 4:08pm

The app stores are teeming with new releases, but who has time to go through them all? We do. Bringing you a selection of the most interesting, creative, and innovative apps each week. Submit your suggestions for next week in the comments below.

LHSee [Android]

If you want to be in the know the next time

science rips a newbie in the fabric of space-time

and potentially dooms mankind to a war with our alternate selves, or neutrinos start acting all cocky again, or if you’re just simply trying to school yourself on the fundamental structure of the universe, this app is for you. LHSee allows you access to the experiments going on at the Large Hadron Collider, so you can check out live collision events, interact with them using 3D graphics, and find out how the detector works.

Animoog [iPad]

We all know the accomplishments of

Dr. Robert Moog

in the world of synthesizers—in the 1950s he pioneered the analog synthesizer and electronic music never looked back. Now the company that he founded has recently released “the first professional synthesizer for Apple’s iPad”—all for the pauper’s sum of .99 cents. Using the multitouch screen and its easy to read, 80s-inspired animations, you can be a one person music making production house. Maybe.

Qminder [iPad, iPhone, Android]
Tired of always having to queue for stuff? Of course you are, we don’t all have the inclination of the Brits, where queuing and waiting in line is practically a national pastime. Now, as always, technology has come to the rescue. With Qminder you can queue up remotely for any sort of service—be it doctors, restaurant, bank, etc—letting the app do all the work while you do more important things. It gives you an estimated time, tells you how many people are waiting, then notifies you when your time has come.

The Thing: Flame Thrower [iPhone, iPad, Android]

If you loved John Carpenter’s

The Thing

, because quite simply it’s one of the greatest movies ever, then you may’ve been disappointed at news of the prequel. But never mind because at least this AR game came out of it and you’ll finally get to play one of the Antarctic survivors. Flame the hell out of virtual aliens appearing around you in the real world and “Infect Yourself” using Metaio’s facial recognition software and the front facing camera, turning yourself into the Thing.

Braille Writer [iPad, Android]

Standford undergrad Adam Duran came up with the very smart idea of an app that turns a touchscreen into a Braille writer during a two-month summer course. By creating a virtual keyboard which, uniquely, finds the users’ finger tips rather than the other way round, users only need touch their fingers to the screen to activate the keyboard. It can also convert Braille into readable text and uses the same principles as the physical note takers that blind or partially-sighted people use, but creates a digital version at a fraction of the cost.