Best App for Kaleidoscopic Creations



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Through the looking glass: Point your camera, and your view shifts and fragments into geometric shapes and splinters. In the image shown here, a homely cyclone fence and parking reflector turns into a psychedelic graphic. Tap to freeze the frame and save the image to your camera roll or share it with friends via email, Twitter, or Facebook. (It’s a nifty way to refresh that tired wallpaper you’re sporting on your iPhone, too.)


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Photo expeditions: You’ll inevitably start off aiming KaleidoVid at friends and family (“Ha, you have six eyes!”), but the real fun starts when you start looking for objects and patterns that will give you the most pleasing and startling patterns—your iPhone’s own automated graphic designs. Here, cracked paint becomes an intricate mosaic.


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Purple rain: A storefront awning.


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King of beers: Budweiser packaging.


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Orange crush: Basket of fruit.


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Point the way: Bumper sticker.


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Nuts and bolts: Fire hydrant.

Top Pick


Version: 1.1

Some apps are so pretty you can’t help but get pulled in. KaleidoVid is one of those apps, a just-for-the-fun-of-it novelty that is at once high-tech and gloriously retro. The app turns your iPhone camera into a kaleidoscope, turning the world around you inside-out in shards of elaborate and colorful prisms. Sounds innocent enough, but once you start playing with it, you’ll compulsively seek out colors, textures, and patterns to make it sing.

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