You know the really scary bit about these things we call smartphones is they’re starting to morph into monsters of weird. Not content with giving us normal things to do, like calling, texting and taking cute pics of kittens, they’re now offering up all sorts of strange apps which you kind of figure are not right. Or maybe too right? Know what we mean?
1. Bro App – £1.49 / $2.50
Take this Bro App for instance. It’s clearly been created with so much tongue in cheek, it’s a miracle the developer can still breathe properly. Designed to automatically send messages to your girlfriend at pre-determined days and times you select, it comes with a range of customization options to make sure your digital wingman is not detected. Creepy is not the word, but we’re secretly wondering how many soured relationships this thing could actually save?
2. SafeTrek – $1.99 (iOS) / Free Android
We’re definitely left a little dumbstruck with SafeTrek. If you think of it like a kind of digital dead man’s handle, you’re working along the right lines. Just like those train throttles that automatically switch off if the driver slumps unconscious. If you’re in a dodgy part of town and feel a bit unsafe, quietly take out your phone, fire up this app and press and hold your thumb on the square in the middle of the screen. If you take it off for any reason and don’t enter in a PIN number in time, the police are automatically alerted to a possible problem. See we told you, just weird.
3. Eye Doctor Trainer – £1.59 / $2.50
Now Eye Doctor Trainer may not seem quite as strange as the other apps on this short list, but when you really think about it, there’s definitely something a little odd about squinting at a small phone screen to improve your eyesight. Not only that, but can you imagine if this sort of app takes off in the same way as physical fitness apps are? Imagine a train or bus full of people squinting sideways or leering at their rapidly moving phone for minutes on end and you get the picture. Feeling queasy yet?
That’s our snap round up of a few of the oddest ideas we’ve found recently, maybe you can do better? If so, sound off in the comments and we’ll publish the best in a future episode.