App of the Year: Froggipedia
Explore the amphibian in AR
Froggipedia is iPad App of the Year because: It brings a basic biology lesson vividly to life with augmented reality.
Dissecting a frog is a science-class rite of passage for many middle schoolers. Froggipedia lets you experience this lesson in your own home or classroom—without having to endure the overwhelming smell of formaldehyde.
The app’s AR Anatomy section brings the specimen to you. Simply point your iPad’s camera at a nearby flat surface, like a desk or counter, and a shockingly realistic frog will appear on your screen, as though it were right there in front of you. You can examine the creature up close from all angles by walking around it or rotating it with a swipe. The app helps you identify all parts of the frog, from specific arteries in its circulatory system to the bones in its skeleton—basically everything but the ribbit.
More magic happens in the Dissection section. Using your finger or an Apple Pencil as a scalpel, forceps, and scissors, make incisions, peel back the frog’s skin, and cut through muscle. Once the body cavity is exposed, you’ll learn more about specific organs and (if you’re not too squeamish) get a close-up look at each one.
Just as memorable is the app’s visual lesson on a frog’s 17-week transformation from single-celled egg to wriggling tadpole to fully formed amphibian. Use the slider in the Life Cycle section to see photorealistic renderings of each developmental stage morph into the next. An interactive 360-degree view lets you examine each state, brought to life with subtle animations.
Froggipedia is a rich visual experience, all without the potential trauma of handling a once-living animal. For lifelong learners and educators alike, the app is nothing short of evolutionary.