The App Store showcases over 900,000 apps. Of those 900,000, a little percentage are extensively used or even identifiable by a lot of iOS individuals, and of that little portion is an extremely small group of apps that can be considered “innovative.” While taken for granted by numerous now, Shazam was a truly amazing app when it was released. By merely tapping a button, the app would recognize the title and artist for a tune you heard playing in public. Bump was likewise a really innovative app when it was launched, allowing users to instantaneously switch contact information by the plain activity of bumping hands.

To be considered an innovative app, it’s my belief that it need to inspire an individual to say, “Wow, that’s actually cool” during their initial use– or something along those lines. When I initially utilized Thunderspace, I’d such a reaction. Find out why after the jump.

The Concept

By all meanings, Thunderspace is a leisure app the recreates the audial and visual experience of a thunderstorm. While the idea may come off as gimmicky, Thunderspace is anything but. With a combination of headphones/earbuds and the iPhone’s LED flash, Thunderspace is capable producing a remarkable mock thunderstorm experience.

Thunderspace also features a wonderfully minimal interface.

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Thunderspace likewise showcases a splendidly minimal user interface.

The Experience

By partnering up with Emmy-award winning nature sound recordist Gordon Hempton, developer Taptanium was able to produce a stereoscopic 3D audio experience. Much like vision, people hear in 3D, which is why hearing music in stereo is infinitely better than paying attention to it in mono. The audio is so well produced that it perfectly mimics a genuine thunderstorm. In truth, I commonly utilized the app while composing (yes, I am doing it now too) or doing various other work, and had to remind myself that the thunderstorm I was hearing hadn’t been in fact genuine.

Around half volume tended to be my sweetspot when listening to storms.

Around half volume tended to be my sweetspot when hearing storms.

To develop the complete audial and visual experience, Thunderstorm suggests that you put your iPhone out of sight so you cannot see the flash source. The LED flash goes off in hint with thunder, however frequently simply before you hear the thunder because light is faster than sound. My preliminary experience left me awestruck, as all my senses showed that the faux storm was in fact genuine. Basically, Thunderspace is capable of suspending disbelief.

While the app’s effect works well in most instances I found it best to use it in a darker space.

While the app’s impact works well in a lot of instances I discovered it best to utilize it in a darker space.

The Thunderstorms

With the investment of Thunderspace, you receive two thunderstorms: Roof Garden and Waterscape. The app also includes 6 additional thunderstorms that you can download by way of in-app investments. A 20+ 2nd preview for the extra thunderstorms is readily available, permitting you to obtain a feel for exactly what each track needs to offer.

I found that each of the eight tracks offered a unique experience.

I discovered that each of the 8 tracks provided an unique experience.

Thunderstorms fall to 26 minutes long, which Taptanium gladly compares with the ordinary length of nature sound loops they have seen in various other apps, which is around two mins. Each thunderstorm effortlessly loops, and never once appears to obtain repeated in my experience. The intensity of rain fluctuates throughout the loop, much like a real storm, and the thunder seems to happen sporadically instead of in a predictive pattern.

The Design & Navigation

Thunderspace’s design and navigation may be quite familiar for those that make use of Taptanium’s other app, Haze. The primary see features beautifully rendered slopes that intend (and be successful) to match the mood of the storm you are experiencing, and you can start a thunderstorm by tapping the play button. If you wish you add the lightning impact, tap the lightning bolt icon so that it’s strong white. When the lightning impact is off, you can pay attention to thunderstorms in the background while making use of an additional app or putting your display to rest.

Each tap has a resonating effect in Thunderspace's interface.

Each tap has a resonating impact in Thunderspace’s user interface.

Much like Haze, browsing Thunderspace requires the use of motions. From the primary view you can swipe right to access the thunderstorms or swipe down to access the settings. A description is provided for each thunderstorm, offering a bit of background about the environment the track is aiming to provide. The setups menu provides no adjustments to the app, as none are truly needed. Instead, you can make use of the setups to share, rate or gift the app, recover acquisitions, replay the introduction, and get support if you are experiencing problems.

The settings view interestingly does not offer any real settings.

The setups see interestingly doesn’t provide any genuine setups.

The Bottom Line

Thunderspace is an incredibly innovative app, and one I enjoy to have experienced. While composing or working I like having an audial interruption, but frequently can’t pay attention to music since the vocals are too sidetracking. Now I can merely switch on a thunderstorm and work away. Also, the range of thunderstorms offered is so broad that I can find a storm to fit my specific state of mind.

The only location that Thunderspace dissatisfies is ease of access. The play/pause button and lightning button are generically labeled as “button” when tapped while using VoiceOver, and the thunderstorms view cannot even be accessed. Numerous people with visual disabilities are sure to love exactly what Thunderspace provides, and I hope Taptanium will take the needed steps that’ll enable those individuals to do so.

As a fan of thunderstorms, Thunderspace will constantly have a home on my iPhone. If you too find comfort in the relaxing sounds of rain and the clashing of thunder, Thunderspace lacks a doubt a must-have app. At the time of this writing, Thunderspace has sale for $0.99 (frequently $2.99) and the 6 purchasable thunderstorms are available for $0.99 each (typically $1.99 each). So I strongly recommend making your purchases earlier than later.

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