There’s nothing quite like going inside a cardboard box and pretending you’re at the helm of a rocket ship. Just ask your toddler, or your inner child, for that matter. Moonbeeps: Gizmo aims to enhance that experience by providing a virtual control panel with buttons, knobs, and whatchamacallits for anything and everything that your kid or you yourself — hey, no shame in being young at heart — can imagine.
Moonbeeps: Gizmo is a virtual control panel for a rocket ship, or any high-tech vehicle or contraption. Touted as an “imagination support device,” the app can be run on an iPhone, an iPod touch, or an iPad, which can then be strapped in a box to serve as a simulated dashboard for fun make-believe adventures in the real world.
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Moonbeeps: Gizmo features a variety of buttons, knobs, and sliders that users can freely press, turn, and swipe, with a variety of visual and sound effects as fun feedback. Different combinations make for different effects. A few examples: The activation of six switches offers a deep dive into deep space, pushing the thrusters enables overdrive, and spinning the dial allows for checking in with the crew.
Moonbeeps: Gizmo supports 360-degree gyroscopic exploration while moving the device (or the box itself). The oscillating crystal switcher swaps control panels. In serious trouble? Sound the alarm with three defcon alert levels represented by green, yellow and red buttons.
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 6.0 or later, Moonbeeps: Gizmo is available on the App Store for $0.99, with neither in-app purchases nor third-party advertising.
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Moonbeeps: Gizmo is a neat little app that fosters imagination by providing a virtual dashboard for futuristic fantasies carried out in the real world, or at least in the relative safety of a cardboard box. It’s perfect as a versatile dashboard for a make-believe spacecraft. But it also lends itself well to serving as the control panel of an astronaut or even a robot. It’s really all up to the user’s imagination, whether that user is your child or your inner child.
It’s worth noting that Moonbeeps: Gizmo, like the other Moonbeeps apps (Fireflies and Hide and Seek), is made by Moonbot Studios. Moonbot Studios is best known for creating the Academy Award-winning animated short film “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” which is the basis of the acclaimed iPad app of the same name. It’s also behind Bullseye by Polyphonic Spree, Numberlys, Chipotle Scarecrow, Lollipop 3: Eggs of Doom, and Billy’s Booger Storybook.
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