It doesn’t matter if you are a science and math geek or you just geek out over cool new technology — the iPhone App Store has something for you.
As iPhone apps become more advanced, they can detect your position on the planet with even more accuracy, detect and generate data and make other personal electronics obsolete.
Among the thousands of available applications are five must-haves for anyone who considers himself a bit of a geek.
Redlaser is used for scanning UPC and QR codes — or creating a brand new QR code. Any product with a UPC barcode can be scanned, from books to games and just about anything in between.
Once you scan a UPC, you immediately see a list of nearby and online retailers who sell the item and a price comparison. The app also scans QR codes, which are 2D codes that link you directly to a website or email address.
Geeks will be especially happy to learn that Redlaser allows users to generate and share their own QR codes from within the app.
App Store Link [Redlaser]
2. iSky Gaze
iSky Gaze is designed for the astrology nerd. This application detects the user’s current location using the iPhone’s GPS capabilities and then tells him how to see various solar objects, such as the moon or a particular star.
You can also see how far away the solar object is, its rise and set times, and other viewing tips.
Scientific calculators don’t come cheap, and they are cumbersome to carry around. Fortunately, we can all say goodbye to the stereotypical pocket calculator geek.
The Sci-Calc application provides users a scientific calculator from within their iPhones. This application can complete calculation functions including square roots, powers, and geometry equations.
App Store Link [SciCal - Scientific Calculator]
Whether you enjoy listening to technology related podcasts, or your favorite comedy podcast, this iPhone application makes it easy to keep track of all your favorite shows in one place.
You are able to search for, subscribe to and listen to a podcast from within the application, without ever syncing the iPhone to iTunes on your computer. Best of all, the iPhone will notify you on the home screen when a new podcast episode is available for download.
If you’ve ever been listening to a song and its title got stuck on the tip of your tongue, Shazam may be the answer to your prayers.
Open this app and hold it in the direction that a song is playing, preferably close to the speaker, and Shazam will detect the artist and song title.
With just the tap of your finger, you can be directed to the iTunes app on your phone and purchase the track on the spot.