App turns iPhone into adult toy
"Rob and Sara love each other," begins a promotional video for the Closer ToGetHer iPhone and Android app, "but work keeps them apart more than they'd like."
The app's proposed solution: a feature that allows Rob to control the vibration function on Sara's phone.
Yep, its creators are serious.
Justin Wilcox, who wrote the code, says the idea was partially inspired by an Xbox hack he created when he worked for Microsoft. He took the force feedback motor that makes the controller shake when, say, a car rams into a wall at full-speed. Instead, for adult purposes, he made the Xbox controller motor respond to music. Microsoft's patent office, not surprisingly, denied his request to take that product to market.
But the idea of a remote-controlled adult toy resurfaced when Wilcox started a long-distance relationship.
In addition to controlling the phone's movement from far away, the app also has a sound setting, which theoretically can control a sound-activated toy (apparently someone who wasn't working for Microsoft beat Wilcox to market on that one).
Hygiene issues aside, Wilcox recognises that the $US9.99 app might raise some eyebrows with app store browsers. "I'm not a pervert, and this isn't how I spend most of my time or anything," he reassures Mashable. "I'd rather be helping kids or something."
Somehow the app made it past the Apple censors; you can find it in the iPhone app store here.
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