July 11, 2012
Late last week, we were introduced to London - A City Through Time. Released just in time for the London 2012 Olympics, the app offers a comprehensive tour through two millennia of the host city's rich history. Now we have NHM Evolution, another app that's related to both London and history. But unlike London - A City Through Time, NHM Evolution is only tangentially connected to the capital of the United Kingdom. As suggested by its name, NHM Evolution is made possible in partnership with the Natural History Museum in London. Beyond that, the app is concerned with the history of the world at large. NHM Evolution takes you on a trip through time, through more than 600 million years of life on Earth to be exact. As such, it employs a Timeband, a Timeline, and a Timeglobe to facilitate its navigation, or "time travel," as it were. If you can't see the video embedded above, please click here. The Timeband is undoubtedly the main attraction of the app. Said to have taken more than two years to complete, it's an astounding panorama of interconnected illustrations recreating important evolutionary events. The Timeline shows a geological history of the Earth partitioned into units of time, while the Timeglobe shows the movements of the Earth's tectonic plates over — you guessed it — time. The app also includes the following sections:
Compatible with iPad running iOS 4.3 or later, NHM Evolution is available now in the App Store for $13.99. The app presents all of the above and more through an interactive user experience coupled with occasional narration by science writer Douglas Palmer. And although the app doesn't appear to fully support the third-generation iPad's Retina display, it still manages to wow with the wealth of wonders it contains about our ever-evolving world.
- Events - a chronological sequence of significant geological events
- Exhibition - an outstanding sample of the world's fossil record
- Library - a collection of all the reference materials in the app
London - A City Through Time