7 Imaginary Apps We’d Love To See

It seems like there is an app for just about every need, situation, and question, and new apps keep on popping up every day. But how many apps exist today that address people’s more complicated and delicate desires?

One day smartphones may be able to enhance our lives beyond telling train times, scanning documents, and playing games.

Here are 7 imaginary apps that you wish you could use – along with the real world alternative that you should consider:


The Downloader

knowledge app

The Downloader

This free app sends information, knowledge, and skills straight into the human brain. You can learn basically anything instantaneously as long as you can get it on your device first. Use particular caution when downloading from unfamiliar sources, as viruses can become particularly nasty.

Real world alternative:
While you can’t download it into your brain, Wikipedia is still a behemoth of knowledge. You can find the open source encyclopedia in app form through Sophiestication’s Articles.

 

 

 

Powers4Rent

Imaginary superpower app

Powers4Rent

Use this free app to browse a database of superpowers which can be rented out by the hour for affordable prices. Unlike “The Downloader,” this app requires continued physical contact with the device for the entire duration of the rental period. Super villains are only available with a premium account.

 

 

 

Real world alternative:
DC Comics and Marvel both offer visually stunning apps for their comic collections, even if they don’t come with the associated powers. Canadian social gaming studio UKEN Games offers an interactive “Superheroes” role playing app.

 

Love O’Clock

Love O'Clock

In the 2009 movie TiMER, an implant in your wrist could display a timer counting down until the day when you met your true love. The Love O’Clock is a free, minimally invasive app that does the same thing. The app initializes after you submit your name and date of birth, but it can never be turned off.

 

 

Real world alternative:
Just about every online dating service offers an app as well. While these might not be as savvy or accurate as a TiMER, the inevitable uncertainty probably makes dating a bit more fun.

 

AnyPlace

teleportation app

AnyPlace

This free app equips your smartphone with a personal teleportation system with a built-in API for Google Maps integration. Simply open up Google Maps, select any location in the world, and then press “AnyPlace Me.”

 

 

 

Real world alternative:
Even though it doesn’t actually come with teleportation capabilities, Google Maps is still a very thorough and useful app. Kayak and Trip Advisor are good flight and hotel finders, while Trip Journal is a real travelogue treat.

 

 

Sight Mind Sound (SMS)

mindreader app

Sight Mind Sound (SMS)

Using the WiFi scanner in your smartphone, intercept and capture thoughts, images, and emotions from the minds of people around you. Save their mental signature for faster future connections and conveniently sending mental messages back to their mind.

 

 

 

Real world alternative:
Facebook and Twitter already allow people to publish their thoughts for everyone to read, hear and see. Japanese telecommunication operator KDDI has built a more technical possibility with a prototype app that can analyze brain waves and measure stress levels.

 

X Lens

xray app

X Lens

This free app adds an extra setting to your smartphone’s camera and lets you take x-ray style photos without emitting any radiation. Now you can take pictures through walls and basically any solid material except clothes and human skin.

 

 

 

Real world alternative:
The cameras on smartphones have come a long way and are now able to take some pretty good pictures. These camera apps for the iPhone and Android can add extra features for creating more graphically stimulating photos.

 

Hippocratic Box

cure app

Hippocratic Box

A doctor’s nightmare but a patient’s dream, this free app can immediately diagnose, treat, and cure any ailment, illness, disease, or medical condition. Immortality is only available through the paid version.

Real world alternative:
Even Harvard Medical School encourages its students to use certain medical apps.

 

 

 

These imaginary apps might not be around yet, but the world will probably have some pretty close alternatives in the not too distant future. The extension of human capabilities through apps is only at its beginning.

What other kinds of apps do you wish you could use?

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About Betsy Jacobs

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