This roundup may not be what you’re expecting.
The phrase ‘curious minds’ is used almost exclusively in reference to children, but I’m reclaiming it! I think it’s a shame that we don’t place more value in curiosity, that it’s not encouraged as a positive trait in our society. Curiosity goes hand in hand with imagination and inspiration, if only more people were interested in understanding and experiencing new things – imagine what creativity and invention there is to be unlocked!
Vaguely philosophical points aside, here’s a collection of great apps for the curious mind – dive in and get excited!
Fotopedia Heritage provides a virtual passport to the hundreds of sites that constitute the world’s collective cultural and natural human legacy. It’s a stunning, and effortlessly engaging, app created in partnership with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and an essential for anyone intrigued by the mark we have left on the world.
The photographs are of the highest quality and help to immerse you in the absorbing content.
HowStuffWorks is a viciously dangerous app for anyone with an insatiable appetite for learning things! Giving you access to over 40,000 articles and 12,000 videos from the HowStuffWorks archive, this app can absorb your day before you realise you haven’t had breakfast. At least you now know how the Chinese New Year works…
Stuck On Earth describes itself as; a new kind of travel app that brings you the best places in the world to visit, photograph, and experience – the ultimate app for explorers, photographers, and daydreamers.
It’s a simply beautiful photographic experience that will get you excited about travelling and adventuring faster than you can click the shutter on that vastly expensive new camera you just bought…
Developer: SIC Media
Qwiki’s goal is to forever improve the way people experience information. By combining conventional snippets of textual information with highly interactive and engaging formats like audio, video, and images, the app offers an elegant and intuitive mode of learning.
We reviewed it back in June and found it to be a simply excellent way to experience the wealth of information available on Wikipedia!
Aweditorium is a beautiful and wholly engaging way to adventure through the world of music discovery! Put some great headphones on and immerse yourself in music like you never have before.
If you struggle finding new music, this could be your new favourite app!
If you haven’t heard of This American Life, then you’re in for a treat. Sometimes the most engaging and intriguing stories are the ones that take a great deal of effort to put together, the extensive shows on This American Life cover a wide range of topics and areas, but are never boring or light on the detail.
Get stuck in and listen at your hearts content to the entire back catalogue!
Developer: PRX Inc.
If you don’t know about Pandora you must have been living under a rock for the last 3 years! Pandora is the awesome manifestation of the Music Genome Project that now lives on your mobile devices and web browser.
It customises and tailors itself to you; you can simply thumbs up or thumbs down a track to customise your station. It’s the recommended cure for curious ears…
Developer: Pandora Media Inc.
The Human Body app is a standout app because it’s overwhelmingly detailed and extensive, while it would be useful for for anyone from a high school biology student to a trainee doctor – it’s also about as fascinating as you can get!
If you have any curiosity whatsoever about the physical body, and how it works, then this is the app you need to explore.
Developer: Dorling Kindersley
As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts – simply post a comment below! What apps really feed your curiosity? Which of the above do you like?