The Human Body by Tinybop Review
Investigate your insides with this working model of the body for iPad
The Human Body by Tinybop is designed for anyone from the age of four and upwards, aiming to show how our bodies work. An unusual feature is that it prompts you to create child and parent users when it is first used. The idea is that you can view, save, and share conversations with your kids; it’s not clear why and it offers no advice on how you would go about it, but it’s there if you’d like to make use of it.
There is a panel on the left that looks like a menu showing different body parts, but it actually displays or hides layers, such as the nervous system, circulation system, skeleton and so on. This layered approach is interesting, but it is better when you view just an individual layer. Turn the labels on and you can see the names of organs, parts of organs and so on. Show the digestive system and you can drop food or drink into the mouth and watch it pass through the body. Zoom into the mouth and you can chew food and brush the teeth. If you show the skeleton, all the major bones are labelled and you can actually pull out the bones and then try to place them back in the right places in the body for extra learning value. The heart can be seen pumping and you can view it from the outside or as a cut-away diagram – you can even simulate running and see its effect on the heart, which is quite interesting.
User ratings for The Human Body by Tinybop in the App Store vary wildly betwen five or one star and this isn’t surprising. It initially gives a poor impression with seemingly limited content. However, after using the app for some time, it’s clear there is a lot more here than first meets the eye, but there are better alternatives.
There is a lot of competition and some of it is very good. This is an average offering at best.
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