Learning a New Language Isn’t Very Influent

Influent won’t replace more verbose apps. It’s a supplemental tool to help build vocabulary but you’ll need other apps to help master a second language.

Influent on the App StoreBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available on iOS and Steam

Language learning can be fun with the right app on your smartphone, but to find one that performs well in an engaging video game is few and far between. Influent is one that can assist, but it’s not without a few flaws in its design. It’s more of a vocab building and memory tester than anything else. 

Navigating around the virtual space is semi-intuitive; there’s a digital joystick to move Andrew Cross, your avatar, in the apartment and that’s where the limitations come in. Depending on the platform, the rendering quality will vary from being very cartoon-like to being photo-realistic. The “first level” concerns learning about the objects that are around this home (an apartment) and not how they’re used in everyday speech. Depending on the language (there’s a choice of 15 that one can buy to master), it’s easy to learn since they’re just romanizations of the English word (in Japanese speak).

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Kickstarting a New TStand for Tablet Users

With the Tstand 2, those folks who are bed-ridden in hospitals don’t have to be completely bored and glued to what these facilities offer. They can have their own private platform to do work on or watch videos.

549628dae5ccfe878c5f5b214b5a7571 original.png?ixlib=rb 4.0By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Kickstart this Accessory Here! 

If tablet users are like me, are laying down on a futon to surf the web, watch a YouTube video or two before bedtime (even though sleep doctors advise against it), then the tstand is the perfect accessory. Instead of an adjustable metal arm mounted on a table by the bed with the device held to it (you have to adjust the whole thing for the ideal distance), this one simply sits on your chest and is ready to go.

Version two is being crowdfunded and has already hit eight times its goal! This product is designed to be fully adjustable, fit all tablets, be light and portable and even more ergonomic. In the case of users, the most important is to rest comfortably on mid-chest and not feel like a brick. Larger tablets, especially when in a case, can feel like a brick. In this design, it can go from the lay down use to resting on a desk for regular usage.

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