“Uzu” iPad App Reviewed By 23-Month-Old Jena Kreta
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Screen Freeze From the “Uzu” iPad App
“kinetic multitouch particle visualizer”

Today's post is an audio review of the “Uzu” iPad app by Anthony's 23-month-old cousin Jena, who is visiting Grandma and Grandpa at the same time we are.

Jena gave this review yesterday, aged 1 year 11 months 0 days.

Today's Guest Reviewer 23-month-old Jena Kreta watching a sudden downpour this morning -- Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Today's Guest Reviewer
23-month-old Jena Kreta
watching a sudden downpour this morning

The $0.99 iPad app Uzu (iTunes link) describes itself as “a kinetic multitouch particle visualizer”, which of course means nothing, but in short it makes pretty patterns that respond to your touch in fairly complex ways. After hearing Jena's review, you may want to check it out... see this YouTube Video for an idea of what it looks like, and if you have this app, see this video for details on how to control it.

Here's the minute-and-a-half audio review, and a transcript...

Jena Kreta's Review of “Uzu”
Audio ReviewTranscript
Click <a href="http://regex.info/i/s/Jena-Uzu-Review.mp3">here</a> to listen
Run time 1 minute 32 seconds.
( Download here )

Hastily recorded live in one take with the Voice Memo app on my iPhone.

Edited in Adobe Soundbooth to remove the background hum of a table fan, and to remove some longer stretches of contemplative silence.

Jena:WOW.
Oh wow, that's amazing.
That's amazing.
That's amazing.
That's aMAZing.
Oh wow.
Bubbles.
WOW.
(oh wow)
WOW.
Two finger.
WOW.
Oh, that's aMAZing.
That's AMAZING.
That's amazing.
Wow.
OH WOW!
That's aMAZZZZZING.
(that's amazing)
(that's amaaaaaaaazing)
(that's amaaazing)
Jeff:It is amazing
Do you like that, Jena?
Jena:Finger.
Jeff:Do you like this, Jena?
Jena:Yes.
That's amazing.
(that's amazing).
Jeff:(that's amazing).
Jena:That's amazing.
That's amAAAAAzing.
(no touch the button)

Jena's final comment is to reiterate my earlier warning not to touch the “home” button on the front of the iPad, which exits the app.

Though she doesn't give a summary statement, I think it's safe to say that she'd rate this app “Two Full Diapers”, the highest praise that an app, or anything, can have in the toddler world.

Though Uzu wowed her into a relative loss for words such that she kept repeating the same superlatives, Jena is remarkably articulate for her age, and you can have real conversations with her. As I mentioned on last week's post titled “The Search”, she's also intelligent, watching and learning instead of just mimicking.

Contemplating Her Next Review? or perhaps an app or two she'd like to develop herself -- Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/250 sec, f/2.5, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Contemplating Her Next Review?
or perhaps an app or two she'd like to develop herself

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