Apps with silly physical gestures, STOP IT!

Ok it’s getting silly now. Yes the iPhone can be shaken to select a restaurant, etc, etc. But does that mean every damn app some one writes, needs to support being shaken, blown into, etc?

First it was stupid wag my phone at yours to trade contacts, now it’s stupid tones to transmit a contact?

Maybe next someone will use the camera to sync like the Timex watches used to. 8 bit screen strobing, ftw!

I mean aside of the fact that the beepty booping like an old modem would get old fast, what happens in a busy restaurant or at a conference?

“Everyone! Please be quiet, I’d like to send Steve here my contact info, but my gimmicky eCard app needs to warble at his iPhone a bit. It’ll just take a minute.”

I think if someone said that at 360|Flex or 360|iDev, I’d throw my shoe at them, and ban them from ever attending again.

[flash http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O29BHsOymCI&eurl=http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/01/04/me2-swap-contacts-on-your-iphone-to-the-nostalgic-squeals-of-a-56k-modem/&feature=player_embedded w=425 h=344]

I mean really? That’s the solution? I’m not sure what’s worse, warbling or shaking phones at each other.

By John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

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