ASM Developer Chat – The Cosmic Watch: Time and Space
My colleague, Stefi, was fortunate enough to spend some time with the beautiful Cosmic Watch: Time and Space Android application. After this, we were able to chat with Eduardo Santana, Cosmic Watch’s developer. Let’s see what he has to say!
Thank you very much for writing about us and the Cosmic Watch! In the office we a have a bunch of Android devices to test the Cosmic Watch and see how it performs and looks in devices with different specifications. Personally I use HTC since many years, currently a Desire EYE with a 5.2-inch Full HD screen for best view of the Cosmic Watch. I also have a Google Nexus 10 running the Cosmic Watch 24 hours, it’s like having the clock of the future right now! We’ve posted a feature on our website explaining how to do this.
Oh, yes the Google Nexus 10, easily my favourite Samsung tablet! With that beautiful screen I can see how that could work very well. Here’s the link if you’re interested in this feature. Moving on, Eduardo may I ask what have the greatest challenges been in designing and developing the app?
As a designer, the greatest challenge is to transform complex subjects like time measurement and celestial mechanics into a fun, entertaining and visually stunning app that’s right for everyone. Some people still describe the app as complicated, while many users love the Cosmic Watch and describe it as the app they were waiting for.
Using an everyday device like the clock to remind us of our cosmic existence is a very powerful concept. As stated by the overview effect, seeing our planet from space has a profound impact on humans, awakening a deep understanding of the interconnection of all life and a sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.
Observing the Position of the Sun in the sky is the origin of time reading. The Cosmic Watch brings this origins back to the present and a step forward. It changes the way we read time, from an abstract number to what it really is: our actual position in the solar system. It’s the most beautiful way to see what time it is.
It’s a thought-provoking app, for sure! It’s better to have an understanding of what you’re looking at before installing it. Can I ask what feature you the most proud of?
We are proud to be the first 3D interactive astronomical clock in the digital age. Astronomical clocks have a deep history, recreating it digitally pushes it to the next level.
Personally I’m very proud to have created an app that besides being useful to understand the motions of the sky or as a clock to read time in a way never seen before, it is just plain beautiful. Big effort was done to make the Cosmic Watch a visual pleasure, to remember us the beauty of the planet we live, surrounded by a fascinating solar system and millions of stars, in a galaxy between million galaxies. The app helps us to understand how celestial bodies, specially the sun and the moon, affect our daily lives.
It’s beautifully visual showing this off too! Are you working on any new features you can tease our readers about?
Oh yes! We are working on the Cosmic Watch 2.0. It will have a sky view allowing to see the sky as we experience it from Earth. Using the compass of your device makes identifying stars and planets in the sky a fun experience. It’s also the missing link to fully understand the motion of the sky. The solar system view will allow to zoom in and out and it will have an heliocentric mode. We also added an event calculator. The Cosmic Watch will be able to tell you when the next full moon or eclipse will take place and remind you using notifications. And many small improvements. We aim to be one of the best astronomy apps out there! A consciousness rising tool!
That’s interesting! Here at Android Social Media, we aim to be a link between developers and end users. How likely are you to take onboard feedback to make changes to the app?
Very likely. We love to get user feedback! It’s very interesting to see how people are using the Cosmic Watch and the ideas they might have to improve it. Contact us at email@example.com or directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eduardo, I love you and your team’s passion for your app, thank you very much for your time!