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March 04, 2011

There IS an app for that...but why?


by Ron Daly 

I like my iPhone a lot. I'm not a "Mac-man", not in the least - I've had a Dell running Windows for years. But my iPhone keeps me organized, streams in my emails and, yes, makes and receives calls. 

I don't download a lot of apps - not a lot of need. Email? Check. Text? Check. Safari? Check. With the introduction of the smartphone, iPad, Xoom and all the other tablets on the street, every credit union, bank and techie is looking to build an App. Even DigitalMailer is strategically looking at building a value-add App or two down the road that produces revenue or opportunities for our clients.
When I saw this one I have to admit that the boy in me got a bit excited after checking out the story: 

Learn To Launch A Missile? There's An App For That

Vienna, Va. based C” Technologies, Inc. announced it has delivered the first segment in a series of seven iPhone mobile applications the company is developing to train Patriot Missile crews for the U.S. Army.

Part of the Army’s Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications program, the C” Patriot Missile mobile app was developed using the a game development platform. It incorporates video of actual Patriot Missile crews in action as well as 3D animation and illustrations.

"Mobile apps on handheld devices allow the soldier to train any time, any place, and can provide access to critical information in the field," Dolly Oberoi, C”’s founder and CEO said in a statement. "They leverage the ability to train outside the traditional classroom, improve training effectiveness, and can greatly reduce resources required."

Woah! An app that launches a missle? Two thoughts: 

  1. That's crazy.
  2. That's awesome.

I went looking for some other crazy apps - here's the craziest I've found (with special thanks to Directory Journal): 

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Rimshot or Crickets - Someone tell a good joke? Give them a "ba dum bum"! Someone tell a bad joke? Chirp, chirp, chirp. I'd wear out the crickets around the office here.

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Hold On! - You press a button and you hold it...and that's it. You're scored on how long you can hold down the button. Man, what a thrill. Now, if you made it so that once you let go a missle launched? Instant classic.

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Hang Time - Throw your iPhone in the air, catch it, see how long it stays up. Fun, assuming you always catch your iPhone and can live with it shattering if you miss.

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Annoy-a-Teen - Emits a high-pitched frequency that, supposedly, only can be heard by teens. Useful, if true.

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Drunk Dialer - Randomly calls people in your phone book when you're drunk. They should just call this one "Make Everyone Angry". 

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Haircaster - An app that takes in weather data and tells you how good/bad your hair will look that day. 

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Zippo Lighter - Ah, this one takes me back. I love a good concert and I don't smoke, so carrying a lighter isn't something I do. But an iPhone lighter? Sign me up! 

Seen any other crazy apps? Let us know about it in the comments section.


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