Scott Snibbe was featured in a half-hour program on CNN’s The Next List, which profiles forward-looking thinkers in the fields of technology, science and social change.
Host Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and producer Tracy Dorsey brought her crew to Snibbe’s studio in San Francisco for a three-day shoot that resulted in an intimate and extensive portrait to discuss, among other projects, recent work with James Cameron’s interactive “Avatar” exhibition at the EMP Museum, Bjork’s breakthrough Biophilia App, and the future of interactivity.
Scott Snibbe Studio has released Gravilux 2.0 – a complete rewrite of the popular iOS App that was one of the first number one interactive art apps for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, and became a long-lasting bestseller in the iTunes charts.
A highlight of the new version is the new music visualizer that creates gravitational music videos filled with color and stars based on any of the tracks in your music library. Gravilux 2.0 also features a new animated typography module, allowing people to create words and phrases made of stars, and then warp them with gravity and antigravity, distorting, collapsing, and exploding apart. Both new features are available as an in-app purchase as part of Gravilux Plus, and you will see more features added in the coming months.
Gravilux 2.0 makes the entire app experience easier to use with a new clear and elegant iconic interface, including a new color wheel for color animations. A new color algorithm enhances full-color animation of stars based on their speed. And the app has been optimized for new devices, rendering is sped-up, retina support has been enhanced, and you can now share images via Twitter, Facebook, and email.
Bestselling Gravilux App Now Available for Android
Scott Snibbe Studio, developer of best selling apps for the iPad including Björk’s Biophilia, has released its first Android App – Gravilux – available now in the Android Marketplace, and the Amazon Appstore for Android, including compatibility with Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
Snibbe’s app, Gravilux, was a runaway hit last year when released on iPad. Now available for Android devices, including Kindle Fire, Gravilux lets people touch a universe of simulated stars beneath their fingertips, exerting gravitational push and pull to twist stars into an infinite variety of colorful new galactic forms.
Scott Snibbe, President of the studio, said: “I’ve always believed that interactivity has the same capacity as cinema to engage people in emotionally meaningful experiences that go beyond the goal-oriented worlds of games. Gravilux is not a game, a utility, or an educational tool, but instead a purely interactive space for wonder, play, and exploration. Bringing Gravilux to Android opens these experiences to a huge new audience.”
Asked about his choice for a two-week exclusive launch with Amazon, Snibbe answered: “Books are one of the last media in which people focus in rapt concentration, and the market for the original Kindles. Amazon’s Kindle Fire has the potential to promote this kind of attention with other forms of media, such as apps and games, and it’s the type of attention we hope to sustain with our uniquely creative, mind-expanding apps. Gravilux gives users new forms of sophisticated, rich interactive content that go beyond the simplicity of games.”
Scott Snibbe Studio is pioneering a new interactive medium with the emotional impact of cinema, yet one where we play an active part in changing, creating, and exploring worlds beneath our fingertips. We produce original, category-defying music, art, and entertainment apps, and partner creatively with select musicians, filmmakers, and writers. We believe interactivity is capable of no less than bringing our dreams to life.
Apple listed Gravilux for Mac as its #1 Staff Favorite this week, and with their help it has risen to #10 in Paid Apps. Will it beat out App Store favorite, the Fireplace App? Barring a rogue northeast heatwave, we aren’t optimistic.
…For media artist Garnet Hertz, who teaches in the Media Design Program at Art Center College of Design, the series of apps created by Scott Snibbe are winners. These include the incredibly beautiful projects titled Gravilux, Bubble Harp, Tripolar, which was commissioned by the Whitney Museum, and Antograph. Snibbe is a media artist, with a great deal of experience considering forms of social and media-based interaction…
Gravilux, one of Apples Top Ten Art and Music Apps of 2010 for the iPad and iPhone debuts today, January 6, 2011, in a new version for the Mac, and one of the first apps available through Apple’s new Mac App Store. The Mac version features a “heads-up” interface that slides in from the bottom of the screen, providing immediate access to the controls for gravity, antigravity, color, number of stars, star size, and more. The Mac’s high-speed CPUs allow Gravilux to simulate hundreds of thousands of stars at once. If you have a Mac, download it now!