Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 26, 2012 01:19 PM
The new IBM THINK app for Apple iPad and Android tablets is inspired by scientific advances over the centuries, combining history and technology in an "innovation time machine." It’s a virtual timeline of images and historical anecdotes ranging from the history of ancient measurement to modern metrics of atoms with a scanning tunneling microscope, to the Wright Brothers' prototype airplane in 1903 through modern airline mechanical parts simulations and the history of metal detectors.
“Through thousands of images and historical anecdotes, IBM THINK brings to life stories of the history of progress, from space exploration to weather prediction and medical advances,” blogs IBM's head of design, Lee Green. “It documents the roots of Big Data, from early charts and scales to microscopes and telescopes, from RFID chips and biomedical sensors in clothing to breath-sensor diabetes detectors. Given its strong educational bent, the app will even be used to create lesson plans for middle school students later this year.”
Available in 10 languages, the app includes a 10-minute HD film about on innovation, shot on location in China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Thailand, Turkey and the U.S. with three cameras capturing images simultaneously. The app was inspired by IBM's 2011 THINK pop-up exhibit at New York's Lincoln Center, recently installed in the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection.
This is IBM’s second free tablet app, following the Minds of Modern Mathematics iPad app, which traces the history of math from 1000 AD to 1960 that was part of "Mathematica: A World of Numbers…and Beyond," IBM’s 1964 World’s Fair exhibit designed by Charles and Ray Eames.
Below, some screenshots from the IBM Think app: