Public test version 1.1.0 for iOS

It took us much longer than expected to bring the new features to iOS. In the meantime Apple has introduced public beta testing, so now everybody can try out the new features.

Please help us to find the last bugs, so we can publish a perfect version in a few weeks. Please report any problems in our forums or via email.

You can find instructions on how to get the test version on our download page.

Archimedes award for the phyphox team

The phyphox team has been awarded the “Archimedes award” 2019 by the “Verband zur Förderung des MINT-Unterrichts” (MNU, loosely translated: association to forward STEM education). The award entails 4,000€ sponsored by the Westermann group. It is awarded yearly, alternating in the fields of mathematics and physics, to decorate innovative concepts and teaching methods as well as particularly commited teachers.

The app has been developed at the 2nd Institute of Physics at the RWTH Aachen University under the direction of Prof. Christoph Stampfer and Dr. Sebastian Staacks statt and it is being continuously refined in cooperation with the 1st Institute of Physics under Prof. Heidrun Heinke and a team of PhD students.

The award does not only mention the app itself, but the MNU emphasizes the value of the accompanying material like the demonstration videos. With more than 600,000 installations worldwide phyphox has been establish in many schools since its first release in September 2016.

Press release by the MNU
Press release by the RWTH Aachen University

Measuring currents with a coil

I’d like to share the work by Christoph Holz and Alexander Pusch from the University of Münster, who have created a 3D-printed coil that can be attached to the phone. This way, you can measure the current through the coil by measuring the resulting magnetic field. The have also created a phyphox experiment configuration, with which the coil can be calibrated, so you get a current-reading directly in phyphox.

This has been published in German in Naturwissenschaft im Unterricht Physik, 169, S.46-47 and a short version (also in German) can be read on physikkommunizieren.de. The phyphox configuration is listed and explained in English in our wiki.

Version 1.0.16: Japanese translation

Thanks to Wakana Okita and Keisuke Takashima phyphox now speaks Japanese. More information about our voluntary translators can be found on our languages page.

Changelog

Changes on Android and iOS

  • Japanese translation.

Changes on Android

  • Fix: The experiment “light” was not available if the list of preferred languages in Android did not support any language supported by phyphox.

Version 1.0.14: Portuguese translation

While we are still working to finalize version 1.1.0, we just published 1.0.14 with another translation: Portuguese. Check out languages page for more information.

Actually, this update has been released on Android more than a week ago and should just be a quick language update on iOS as well. Unfortunately, Apple has rejected the update as they decided that the experiment "roll" might damage the phone. So we had to remove this experiment and resubmit the app. Therefore, the update got delayed.

Changelog

Changes on Android and iOS

  • Portuguese translation.

Changes on iOS

  • Fix flickering of audio scope.

Update 17.11.2018

There was a little error when compiling the new translations that introduced unfinished translations to the iOS version, which should not yet have been released (Turkish and Chinese to be specific). We have uploaded another version (1.0.15) for iOS, which should fix this as soon as it has passed the Apple review process.

500,000 installs!

A little more than two years after our first public release (12th September 2016), we have surpassed half a million installs*. Thanks to all of you, who supported us, gave feedback or just told others about our work.

BTW: Our PhD student Dominik, got the cake from his girlfriend and though we would love to share it with all of you, a picture has to do (technical limitations, you know).

*Combined installs on Google Play (user installs) and Apple’s App Store (app units).

Public beta for version 1.1.0 available

The public beta for version 1.1.0 is available now. If you want to try the new features and give us feedback to fix any problems, please visit our forums for information on how to join the beta program.

(The beta is only available on Android as public betas are not supported on iOS. A closed beta will be offered when the iOS version is ready.)