There’s no secret that together with the technology developments and the stronger and wider popularity of phone apps for both iPhone and Android, people can benefit from almost anything they want by just a few clicks. From calling a cab at three in the morning to ordering pizza and finding the nearest gas station on your drive route, app developers thought about a lot of useful apps that can make our lives simpler and easier. There are, of course, a lot of apps meant to only entertain us, and that too is a good thing, considering we’ve become quite addicted to this particular technology and if you’re already there, why not have a few laughs along the way? But some app developers’ imagination went a little bit too far (although there is certainly a market niche for whatever they can offer) and created some apps that may be not so useful, if not downright strange.
- 1. For the electronic cigarette users – The Electric Smoke
The electronic cigarette market gains new customers every day and of course, given the fast pace we live up to, technology didn’t fall behind when it came to develop useful phone apps for these new clients. If you want to check out reviews for your blu cigs, if you want to be connected with the community, if you’re looking for the nearby store to buy e-liquid or if you’re just interested in the latest news on the Internet regarding this product, there are a lot of helpful apps out there, some even more sophisticated and dedicated to modders and experimenters who create their own flavored e-liquids and vaping devices. But the Electric Smoke app, available for iPhone, will make you look a bit silly, as the only thing it does is to use sonic transmission technology that makes a digital cigarette appear on the phone’s screen and somehow mimics the act of smoking. Granted, you won’t inhale anything, but pretending to suck on your phone isn’t something you’d like to be seen doing in public.
- 2. For new parents – The Ugly Baby Meter
Parents – fresh or experienced are a very powerful customer niche which needs new and improved products and services all the time. There are a lot of phone apps dedicated to mothers and if now you can perform a pregnancy test just by putting your finger on your phone’s screen, allowing you to skip the drama and the shame of going to the pharmacy and hiding in the bathroom, some other apps sound good in theory, but in practice may do quite a damage. The Ugly Meter needs your new-born photo and then calculates on a scale form 1 to 10 how ugly the kid is. And then… what? You find out you have a 4 point baby. It’s not like you can return it to the store and it is definitely not likely that new parents will have no emotional reaction to this news. This app is probably meant for those parents provided with a strong and a little twisted sense of humor.
- 3. For the forever alone guys – Honey, It’s Me!
You don’t have a girlfriend and if you ever use this app, chances are you’ll never have one. Koreans went head over heels with this one, as they created a digital girlfriend called Mina. She can send the app user over 100 messages, acting like a true female partner. She asks if you slept well and there’s a safe bet she doesn’t yell when (if ever) she asks if you took the trash out. Well, gentlemen, as much fun as it would be to wake up in the morning with a 20 – something Asian model’s voice telling you should get ready for work, this app may not compensate for the fact that you don’t have a significant other. Virtual and digital girlfriends aren’t new inventions but still, before getting used to play house with your phone app, there’s that girl at the office you meant for so long to ask out for a coffee. Maybe it’s time to act on that ide