Version 1.0.4: Acoustic Stopwatch

So, here is the new update 1.0.4 with our new experiment: The acoustic stopwatch. Again, this is more a tool than a full experiment, but a very useful one. The watch starts counting when there is a noise above a (selectable) threshold and it will stop again on a second noise.

A simple usage case is a free fall experiment, in which you create the first noise when releasing a weight (for example by popping a balloon or hitting a mount) and the second sound is generated by the impact of the weight. Of course, there are some other improvements and bugfixes as well as an update to the file format (to make the acoustic stopwatch possible). You will find the full list at the end of this post.

Future plans

For now, it looks like this will be the last minor 1.0.x update and I will now start working on the next major step, which will be 1.1.0. Of course, if there are some major bugs or a nice new experiment, which can easily be added, there will be a 1.0.5 inbetween, but for now I will look at the two major changes: Better graphs (zooming, multi-data etc.) and a better workflow for custom experiments without transferring the files manually.

Unfortunately, I cannot tell when this will be ready. This depends on how much time I am able to invest and on how complex the new features are. Also, the graphs will require some testing before an official release – but I will share info on the progress.

Now for the changelog:

Main Changes

  • New experiment: Acoustic stopwatch
  • More options when exporting in CSV format: There now are variants with a comma as decimal point and the number format is now consistent across both platforms.
  • Grey out experiments that are unavailable
  • Add video links to the experiment menu as well (or any link marked as highlight)

Changes to the phyphox file format

  • New analysis module: if
  • New view element: button
  • New initializing attribute for buffers

Fixes for Android

  • Improved behavior when hiding keyboard
  • Fix possible crash when switching to different app
  • Update views in stopped state
  • Fix auto-orientation not respecting system setting
  • Fix opening phyphox:// URLs with parameters
  • Fix for the (half-official) Bluetooth support. Note, that this will changed and replaced by Bluetooth 4.0 / BLE in the future.
  • Apply size setting of value view element to the remote interface.

Fixes for iOS

  • Fix magnetometer calibration factor. (Note: We are using the uncalibrated magnetometer values, which may be way off from what you expect for small fields like the earth’s magnetic field, but which should be good for stronger field. However, we might switch to the calibrated one in the future to avoid confusion, but which might introduce other problems.)
  • Fix for not stripping trailing zeros if a fixed number of digits is defined for a value view element

Version 1.0.3 with new experiments

In this new update two new experiments have been added: Centrifugal acceleration and inclination. While the latter is just a tool to measure the inclination of a plane, centrifugal acceleration is a lot of fun while being amazingly simple. Just rotate your phone at a fixed radius r at different angular velocities ω to visualize the relation of the centrifugal acceleration a.

centrifugal

In other words: Just put your phone into a salad spinner or on a carrousel to show a = r·ω². (The picture shows an earlier version of the experiment using a salad spinner)

Besides that, 1.0.3 introduces some new analysis modules (the wiki will be updated in the next few hours) and addresses many bugs, especially two common crashes on iOS. Here is the full changelog:

Changes

  • New experiments: Centrifugal force and inclination
  • Simple view for raw sensors, just giving numbers
  • Improved descriptions and labels for several experiments
  • Better time axis calculation in elevator experiment
  • Updated experiment file format to 1.2: New modules for statistics and trigonometry. Also more control over value and graph view elements.

Fixes on iOS

  • Disappearing view elements after rotation or scrolling
  • Crash when starting web interface on iOS8
  • Crash when entering zeros in Doppler effect
  • Crash in autocorrelation module (experiments “Spring”, “Pendulum” and “Autocorrelation”)
  • Missing data points in remote interface (mostly elevator and roll)
  • Could not open external experiments on iOS8
  • Strip white-spaces from description

Fixes on Android

  • Fix wrong play-button animation after screen being turned off
  • Do not show the save-locally-dialog again after rotation
  • Show “-” instead of “NaN” when no data is available
  • Improved reliability of remote interface when doing partial data updates
  • Fix possible crash when switching apps while graph is visible
  • Fix crash when closing experiment without dismissing the info-tooltip

Version 1.0.2

We have just released version 1.0.2 which mostly adds some guides to alleviate some typical confusion for new users:

Changes

  • Hint to guide inexperienced users to the experiment info.
  • Ask if externally loaded experiment should be added to collection. (You can still do so later via the menu as before.)
  • Disable back swipe gesture to avoid involuntarily closing an experiment when swiping between tabs. (iOS only)
  • Limit min/max of allowed values in some experiments (phyphox file format has been updated for this)
  • Values entered in experiments are now only used for calculations after the user confirms the input (hitting the confirmation button on the virtual keyboard) or changes the focus away from the edit box. This behaviour now matches the one from the iOS version and prevents unnecessary recalculations while entering numbers. (Android only)

Fixes

  • Fix decimal values not being allowed. (iOS only)
  • Fix problematic recalculation when clearing buffer. (iOS only)
  • Handle flawed phyphox files more gracefully and report errors. This will be improved further in future updates. (iOS only)

Version 1.0.1 for iOS with several bugfixes

We have just releases version 1.0.1 with bug fixes for iOS (on Android version 1.0.0 remains the most recent version):

Fixes

  • Fix crashes on iPad when trying to export data or sharing a screenshot.
  • Fix rare crash in experiment most likely to occur when switching apps or displaying a dialog.
  • Fix remote interface being unable to reconnect after switching to a different experiment.

Minor changes

  • Added now mandatory explanation when requesting permission to access the microphone.
  • Internal code changes required for iOS 10 targets. These changes should not be visible, but since some libraries have been updated, there may still be some changes, that we did not anticipate.
  • If you find more errors, please tell us and bear with us. Especially, if the experiment editor or its results are not working as expected, just write an email to kuhlen@physik.rwth-aachen.de and I am happy to help your.

    Phyphox 1.0.0 is now available!

    This is it, the great kick-off. Today (Monday, 12th September 2016) phyphox has been released to the public. Go ahead and get it from Google’s Play Store or Apple’s App Store (for free, of course).

    Jetzt bei Google Play

    If you are not yet sure, what to do with it, have a look at our videos and the experiments in the Wiki. There are not yet that many videos, but from now on I will add more experiment videos about once a month. If you want to know about any new content or updates right away, you should follow us on your preferred social media platform:

    [Youtube], [Twitter], [Facebook]

    Of course, there is still a lot to do and this is just the start. Please let us know what you do with phyphox, tell us about any great ideas for new experiments and of course report bugs and missing features.

    Cheers to you all and have fun with phyphox!