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App for iPhone lets unborn baby pick its own name

updated 02:05 am EDT, Thu April 7, 2011

Program detects natal movement to pick a name

Almost four years after the iPhone first appeared, some might think the well of original ideas for apps has run dry. Developer Nathan Parks would beg to differ, and as proof he has released a unique baby-naming application for iOS devices called Kick to Pick. The app allows the entire family -- including the unborn child -- to have a say in choosing the baby's name.

The app comes with a pre-set list of thousands of baby names for boys or girls, and also offers parents the option of creating their own "short list" of favorites or candidate names. Once a list is selected, the iOS device should be put in Airplane mode (to prevent any false positives) and placed against the woman's "baby bump," according to the program's description. The app will then scan through the list of potential names until it detects movement from the baby. Of course, parents can choose to accept or reject the "baby's choice."

Kick to Pick is priced for an introductory period at $1 and is available now from the iTunes App Store. It requires iOS 4.3 or later.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A clever idea

    Letting the baby pick his or her own name is a clever idea, particularly since parents can have a short list that eliminates dubious ones. The developers might want to add an option to limit the list to categories like Irish, Hispanic or biblical names.

    The app has another plus. It allows parents to later tell kids how they picked their own names before they were born. I have three Chinese friends who immigrated to the US when they were young girls. They like to tell of the plane ride here when their father told them that, in America, they needed American first names. When they asked him what those names were, he named as many as he could and each got to pick the one she liked.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "Well, son,

    You picked your name yourself. I think Beatrice is a fine name."

  1. tonton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I have the patent on this!

    1. Write a list of six names, numbered one to six.
    2. Bounce a die off of the mom's baby bump.
    3. The number that comes up is the baby's name.

    About as useful a technique as this app.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Um, no....

    Almost four years after the iPhone first appeared, some might think the well of original ideas for apps has run dry.

    "Original" ideas does not mean "good" ideas. Hey, at least it isn't yet another farting app!

    And how useless it is, since apparently you can still click "reject". Just use "Random Baby generator" app and come up with one.

    Or, h***, if you're so hip that you've got an iPhone, expecting, and think this app is the answer to your problems, shouldn't you just follow what's-her-name of that actress or singer or whatever (and, no, I don't remember who, and, no, I'm not going to waste my time looking it up!) and name the kid Apple and be done with it?

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