Inspiration got an update

31 08 2018

The app Inspiration is for both, creating mind maps and concept maps.

What’s the difference?

Mind Maps are captured visualizations of fairly independent objects gearing for extensions and loosing much of their relevance for people who weren’t involved in the creation process. The tree limb is just connected to the bole.

Concept Maps visualize knowledge of whole systems with interacting elements and logic operations. In contrast to a tree limb objects are connected with basically all other objects like the orbs in the solar system where the gravity and the magnetic and electric fields define the interactions.

Features of Inspiration for iOS

(Inspiration Software Inc., USA)

• Brainstorm new ideas and capture insights
• Analyse information
• Understand cause and effect
• Organize projects
• Organize thoughts and topics for writing
• Take notes

The pros …

• Simple usage because of a perfect UI on an iPad as well as a Plus model of an iPhone
• Diagrams are easy to build and saved instantly
• Diagrams transform to outlines by just a single tap
• Personalization with images, colour, shape, arrow style, and backgrounds
• Using images from the web or the camera roll
• Notes can be attached to any item
• Hyperlinks can be added as floating shapes
• Templates are available after installation

The image shows a concept map I created with Inspiration on my iPhone 6s Plus.

If you’re interested in mind/concept maps read more here

Mind Maps and Concept Maps

The post contains links to step deeply into the topic.


This app is just one example for a subtle difference between Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store. Lots of really great apps aren’t available for Android and if they are there iOS versions are often more powerful.

Thanks for reading.

Watts Up

27 09 2017

Power to your iThing

🚽 WC is the traditional water closet

But talking about this would be off-topic.

Lets talk about *W* ireless *C* harging that means bringing Watts up to your iThing after laying it down on a little machine which functional principle was already born about 150 years ago.

Without the groundbreaking publication of “A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field” in 1865, by Scottish J.C. Maxwell wireless charging wouldn’t be possible. So much for the copycat discussion and the simple fact that everything has its preceding ideas.

Again Apple isn’t the first offering WC but after listed as one of the 213 members of the Wireless Power Consortium they now want *to make the things better than they are*. And they will do it again. Others will follow.

How WC works …

ction chargers use an induction coil. An alternating current creates an alternating electromagnetic field around the coil. A second induction coil in the iPhone takes energy from the electromagnetic field and converts it back from alternating to direct electric current to charge the Li-Ion battery.

The source field must cover the receiving coil which results in a short range of energy transfer. So iPhone and charger must be in close contact without any metallic objects between them (they would be a shielding for the electromagnetic field) except an additional case for the iPhone (Leather or Silicone). A metal plate, sometimes used for magnetic car mounts, may already be obstructive.

Over greater distances this method is highly inefficient and wastes the vast majority of the energy put into the transmitting coil. Greater distances between sender and receiver coils can be achieved when the inductive charging system uses *resonant inductive coupling*.

Think of it like this …

A tuning fork can cause another to vibrate when both are tuned to the same pitch. Using the resonance phenomenon energy transfer can drastically be increased and wouldn’t require a close contact between charger and iPhone.

xcited to see what’s coming next after Apple will massively engage in the WPC. AirPower is just the beginning.

Thanks for taking your time.

iPhone 8 at a glance

1 09 2017

Sometimes a picture

is worth a thousand words so here is a summary of relevant specifications published on

iPhone 8 – MacRumors

We’ll see.

Thanks for surfing by.