Cosmos Creator AR

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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AR tool cool but confusing; watch for safety.

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Educational Value

Concepts related to space, including effects of gravity on objects in space and factual information about stars, planets, moons, etc. Players can change the velocity and size of objects they place into the environment with Physics setting on, or learn about the objects they've put into their solar system with it off. 

Ease of Play

It’s easy to add objects to the solar system, but keeping them there is a challenge.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cosmos Creator AR is an app in which kids can create solar systems in an augmented reality (AR) environment. By allowing access to the device's camera, kids can place space objects -- like planets --  into the viewing area of the device. The objects appear as if they are part of the actual environment. It's a unique way to explore space science, but be sure to talk with kids about safety and being careful about looking at their devices while walking, especially outdoors. Note: No privacy policy was available at the time of review.

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What's it about?

On the main screen of COSMOS CREATOR AR, there are three options: Tutorial, Settings, and Let's Begin. The tutorial gives kids an overview of how to use the app. In Settings, kids can turn the Physics and Orbital Trails options on or off. When they're on, the objects in kids' solar systems behave according to the laws of physics. When they're off, a static solar system results. Kids can also adjust planet and moon sizes. To start creating a solar system, kids tap the Let's Begin option. They must enable the device's camera in order to get the full effect of the augmented reality. Kids add objects to create a solar system by tapping a plus icon. If they are creating a static solar system, they can tap to learn details about an object in the system.

Is it any good?

Augmented reality (AR) apps are a neat concept and can be a fun way to engage kids with educational technology, but there are some confusing elements in this tool. Creating a solar system in Cosmos Creator AR can be a confusing process, especially if the Physics option is turned on. Kids will need a lot of practice to figure out why the objects appear to fly off into space or simply dissolve, especially when they use the sun as part of the scene. In a static solar system, there are opportunities to learn details about space objects, but the pop-ups are extremely text heavy. For some space enthusiasts, the exploration and still-somewhat-unique use of augmented reality might be enough to make this a cool learning experience, but for others it might be a bit confusing and out of context.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about space and astronomy. Does an app like Cosmos Creator AR help you envision the planets and solar system more easily? Does the augmented reality add to the experience?

  • Discuss how to use the camera safely and be sure kids know not to work on their solar system while they are walking -- especially outside.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad
  • Subjects: Science: astronomy, gravity
  • Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations
    Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try ($2.99 for Pro version and access to all features)
  • Release date: October 20, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 66.90 MB
  • Publisher: Mihai Ghiserel
  • Version: 1.1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later

For kids who love space and augmented reality

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