Editor’s App Picks February 2014: The Best of SYAP

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In January’s Editor’s App Picks, we looked at Beatify, Nika Digital, Babylonian Twins, AdviceMAMA, and Hammerfield.  In this month’s Editor’s Picks, we’re going to take a look at six very different projects: Hostel HookApp, Grace, Big Mountain Snowboarding, Fond d’ecran-Fleurs tombantes, Greedy Grub, and 3D Human Anatomy.

Published Projects


About this app: Grace is a Native Android App which enables you to learn anywhere anytime MOOCs and videos from top Organizations, Universities and thought leaders ( Such as MIT, Stanford, Udacity, Coursera, Khan Academy ) and brings the learning experience to your living room using Intel WiDi. 

Stand-out features include:

1. Mobile enablement of MOOC courses

2. Multiscreen device experience

3. First class living room experience for learning using Intel WiDi technology

4. Learn on the move from Mobile and then continue on big screen in your living room

5. Notes for the videos - take notes for learning videos from the tablet or smartphone while watching videos (in device or living room TV)

6. Inbuilt Wikipedia for easy reference

Editor’s Notes: The use of Intel WiDi technology in this app is especially useful for students looking to interact with classes online.

Big Mountain Snowboarding

About this app: Realistic 3d snowboarding for android. Ride 16 huge trails each featuring a real mountain feel. Race to the bottom, slalom between the gates, or rack up big points with spins and grabs. / Each trail is a different challenge with multiple ways down the mountain. Features trick parks, race courses, and big mountain cliffs. Tilt to turn, lift to jump, and touch the screen to grab your board or to tuck. / Optimized for tablets, but we also support older phones 2.2 and above. Supports Google Play Games Services.

Editor’s Notes: Smooth gameplay (as seen in the video above) make this a don’t miss download.

Fond d’ecran-Fleurs tombantes

About this app: Animated wallpaper based on "Ano hi mita hana no namae o bokutachi wa mada shiranai" (aka: Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day). The flowers change color and direction when the device is charging.

Greedy Grub

About this app: Welcome to Greedy Grub! The Magic Forest was destroyed after a very rough winter but spring is here and a new cycle can begin... Are you ready to replant the whole Forest? Embody Grub, a young worm promoted Assistant Mayor, and plant dozens of amazing and wonderful trees to restore the forest to its original splendor. Greedy Grub is a simulation game where the player needs to replant a forest, accomplish quests given by the villagers and resolve the mystery of the Eye Tree.

Editor’s Notes: Winner of the Paris Android Code Fest, this app has standout graphics and is a pleasure to play.

3D Human Anatomy

About this app: A true and totally 3D app for learning human anatomy with 3D position quiz, built on an advanced interactive 3D touch interface (Unity3D). This app’s primary use is as a learning tool but can also be used for any professional who needs the occasional reminder. Additionally, this app is ideal for physicians, educators or professionals, allowing them to visually show detailed areas to their patients or students - helping to educate or explain conditions, ailments and injuries.


·          You can rotate models to any angle and zoom in and out

·          Virtual dissection: Peel layers of muscles and reveal the anatomical structures below them.

·          3D location quizzes to test your knowledge

·         Search the name of anatomical structure and reveal the 3D location

·          Switch on/off different anatomy systems

·          Both male and female reproductive systems are available

·          Load and Save Views (bookmaker function)

·          Information from Wikipedia and Gray's anatomy textbook

·         Skeleton (all bones in our body)


Editor’s Notes: The use of 3D in this anatomy app makes it a must-have for students.

Projects Under Development

Hostel HookApp

Hostel Hook App is a platform based on the Android Mobile Application as well as an interactive website that will help students to find and reserve rooms in hostels of their choice near their respective universities online and make periodic payments.

What it offers:

·         Online booking of rooms by university students from the comfort of their homes

·         Securing of rooms and accommodation of their choice by tenants

·         Easy pay service for rent

·         Advertising and listing of new rentals and accommodation areas for landlords

·         Ideal rooms and accommodation services by students on trips

·         Platform to compare rent charges, rentals location and services


The Hostel Hook-App is a platform that provides for both the Android mobile phone users and an interactive website that users mostly students will download to their phones or visit the website and be able to make reservations in advance in their preferred hostels and apartments online from the comfort of home as opposed to travelling all the way to find these hostels physically and make reservations.

Editor’s Notes: The developer behind this app is using the Intel XDK to build it out, and is actively looking for beta testers. Leave a comment on the app project page if you’re interested in helping out. 

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