Honours go to navy sailor for his phone app

APPY Graduate Robert Emery
APPY Graduate Robert Emery

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IT’S a case of ‘appy’ days for a Royal Navy sailor who is using gadgets to help people learn about the world of physics.

Petty Officer Robert Emery has developed an application – or app – which helps people learn about the subject on Apple gadgets like iPhones and iPads.

PO Emery, a marine engineer, created the app for his final year project at the University of Portsmouth towards a degree in electrical engineering.

It went on sale on the iTunes store last month and is a mini-encyclopedia that gets content from science website HyperPhysics.

The 29-year-old created the app with university tutor Boris Gremont after gaining permission from the website’s owner Dr Rod Nave, of Georgia State University in Atlanta, America.

Science enthusiasts can access topics including quantum and nuclear physics, electricity and magnetism, light and vision and mechanics.

PO Emery, 29, said: ‘The idea came together through my love for science and Apple.

‘I have an iPad and an iMac so it’s something I thought I would really enjoy doing.

‘It’s an educational tool for students and everyone to enjoy.’

Each topic in the app has sub-headings relating to that field of study.

So far, PO Emery has sold over 120 copies of the HyperPhysics app – but he’s hoping that it takes off across the world.

Priced at £4.99 on the iTunes online store, the app is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

PO Emery’s hard work has paid off as he joins hundreds of University of Portsmouth students today to graduate with a 2:1 honours degree at the city’s Guildhall. And he may even make a career out of programming.

PO Emery, who has been in the navy for 12 years and is from Chichester, said: ‘I hope these new skills will help me to leave the navy with broad career options.’