San Francisco, CA, USA (November 14, 2013) — The Exploratorium, the world-renowned museum and global leader in informal learning, today released Sound Uncovered 2.0, an update to the free iPad app first released in February 2013 to rave reviews fromNew York Times, Forbes, CNET, TechCrunch, Macworld, and The Verge. Designed to take users on an exploration of auditory illusions and acoustic phenomena, the first iteration of Sound Uncoveredfeatured twelve surprising sound experiences and was the winner of the Best of the Web and MUSE awards.
Sound Uncovered 2.0 further explores the surprising side of sound with four new interactive pages including:
Ten Queue Berry Mulch—Test your speech-recognition skills
Maim That Tune—Explore the emotional impact of musical scales
Silent Day, Noisy Night—Learn how temperature plays tricks with sound
Hear ‘n There—Take an auditory tour through different acoustic spaces
Through a series of activities and interactive media clips, users directly manipulate, examine and play with sound, making the app a portable laboratory for the audiophile. With Sound Uncovered 2.0 you can hear a bedtime story told in a mausoleum, find out why subway trains sound louder at night, and discover why Siri can understand different accents (at least most of the time).
Together, Sound Uncovered and its companion Color Uncovered have been downloaded over 1.3 million times in 170 countries. Both apps are free, and are available for download from the iTunes App Store.
Sound Uncovered 2.0 was developed by the Exploratorium, an educational R&D lab dedicated to changing the way the world learns. Since the institution’s founding by Manhattan Project physicist and educator Frank Oppenheimer in 1969, the Exploratorium has worked to create unique learning experiences that inspire awe and curiosity about our everyday world. The Exploratorium’s impact spans the globe, reaching 180 million people annually through its original exhibits found in more than 1,000 science centers and other locations; a professional development program for teachers; digital learning tools; and the Global Studios arm.
Sound Uncovered was made possible through the generosity of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.