As our smartphones evolve and feature more and more sensors paired with increasing processing capabilities the apps make huge steps forward as well. In 2014 we saw many new and cool software pieces – Apple recently presented its list of top apps in the year 2014 (see the list on Mashable here). We created our own list with helpful tools for engineers, cool apps to stay organised and some really fun and scientific games. Read here and click the thumbnails to view the apps in the iTunes App Store.
iCircuit is a great app for circuit design and experiments. Features include an advanced simulation engine which handles both analog and digital circuits and features realtime always-on analysis.
Engineering Unit Converter
A streamlined, powerful and user-friendly unit and currency converter designed for use by everyone and built by engineering professionals. Just enter a value in the unit you have and see the conversion for the one you want as well as others all at once.
Star Walk is a beautiful stargazing app for your mobile device. It is an interactive astro guide to the night sky, following your every movement in real-time and allowing you to explore over 200, 000 celestial bodies with extensive information about stars and constellations that you find.
Electronic Toolbox Pro
The Electronic Toolbox Pro app is a reference and calculation resource for professionals, hobbyists, HAMs and students. It is one of the most helpful smartphone tools featuring 72 individual tools from “A” like ASCII Table to “Z” like Zener Diode calculation.
This great piece of software holds thousands of free how-to guides which make it easy to repair your stuff. Fix your own things with step-by-step repair instructions.
This app let’s you explore with NASA and discover the latest images, videos, mission information, news, feature stories, tweets, NASA TV and featured content; the app has over 13.000 pictures and 11.000 videos.
Open the door to math mastery with the first-in-class iPad app that delivers comprehensive graphing, data entry and analysis, statistical modeling and calculating functionality from Texas Instruments.
AutoCAD 360 is a easy-to-use drawing and drafting mobile app that allows you to view, edit, and share AutoCAD drawings. It is also very easy to seamlessly share drawings with others across desktop, web, and mobile devices.
Evernote is the modern workspace that helps you to be your most productive self. The app let’s you create notes which are easy to sync across all your devices and gives you the ability to share ideas and projects with others.
Electronics Engineering ToolKit Pro
This app is suited for anyone interested in electrical engineering, from students to hobbyists to electrical engineers. The app is loaded with tools and transforms your iPad in an electronic reference kit!
The Keysight Microwave (µWave) calculator helps calculate errors in your microwave measurements. It consists of a Directivity Error Calculator, a Mismatch Error Limit Calculator, a Ratio-to-dB Calculator, Noise calculators and Antenna calculators.
While this app has been around for a while with no updates it is still one of the best. Engineering Professional combines all of the formulas from our Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Hydrology and Mechanical Engineering formulator apps.
Project Planner is a project and task planning application that makes it easy to keep track of multiple projects and tasks. In every project you can add many tasks grouped in phases and finished by milestones.
Make professional quality designs, illustrations and technical drawings on the move with the iDesign app. It has unique features and offset controls which allows you to draw accurately with your finger not getting in the way or blocking your view.
Unlike the traditional approach of using paper, pencil, and a calculator to develop equations for design options, Autodesk ForceEffect does all the simulation and engineering calculations for you, enabling you to quickly and easily simulate design options during the concept phase to determine the viability of a design.
iEngineer is one of the most comprehensive database of screw/bolt information that you can find anywhere. The app holds information about US and metric screws, including dimensions, tap sizes, drill charts and much more.
Smart Tools HD
Smart Tools is a measuring tool kit not only appropriate for engineers, but also is a handy device for everyday usage. Measure distances, measure magnetic fields, detect vibrations; measure how loud your neighbours are with this great app.
With “FingerCAD” you can draw houses, bridges, floor plans, mechanical components, geometrical figures, anything that can be designed with a common PC CAD. The final project can be saved in the portable device using standard formats (e.g. .DXF, .PDF, .OBJ 2D and 3D) or shared online.
Design a bridge and then destroy it. Powered by a sophisticated physics engine, BridgeBasher realistically simulates your bridge reacting to destructive forces in real-time.
In this game you start with only four basic elements: Fire, Water, Earth and Air. Combine them and their products to get more than 200 new elements. You can create a Life, Beer, Vampires, Skyscrapers and much more.
We hope you enjoyed the list! See our top 10 tech-gadgets of 2014 here.