// May 19th, 2010 // No Comments » // Apple, Baby, iPhone, Software
My little eight-month old boy is definitely my son. He loves gadgets. He loves swinging around the peanut-shaped TiVo remote, loves all his toys that talk, beep and flash. He also absolutely loves Mommy and Daddy’s iPhones.
He’s in a very tactile stage right now — loving to explore with his hands, everything — from the wainscoting on his nursery wall, to the texture of fabrics. Seeing as the iPhone is a touchscreen and lights up and plays sounds, it’s the ultimate device for him and Daddy alike.
I’ve downloaded my share of simple and stupid apps — though I’ve mostly limited it to free ones. My wife may question this number. Since working at the Apple Store, I’ve learned more than my share of new info related to all things Apple: hardware, software, accessories and apps. The other day, I learned something from a customer looking at the iPad, and asking about existing apps for her iPhone working on the iPad. I asked if there were any specific apps that she wanted me to look up. She jokingly said, “Talking Carl.”
It’s a very simple app, that has a little red pseudo-3D rendering of a little creature who laughs, makes various noises and mimics what you say via the iPhone’s (or iPad’s or iPod Touch’s) built in mic/speaker combo.
The thing cost $0.99, but it was well worth all 99 pennies after seeing my little boy’s reaction, with it running, while in his little hands. The laughs and giggles are so freaking great. I’ve got to get it on video some time. It’s amazing how something so simple can bring him (and us in turn) so much joy.
View Talking Carl on the iTunes App Store