Thursday, February 26, 2009


Today I had a breakthrough idea for an iPhone app that I think would help a lot of people.  What if we could combine the preventative power of mammograms with the power of a helpful community of people such as those who edit Wikipedia?  The idea is simple.  First, a woman downloads the app to her iPhone.  Then, upon running it, the app uses the phone's camera to take several detailed pictures of the woman's breasts.  These pictures are transmitted instantly to the central mammogram server.  Helpful men from all over the world could then sort through these photographs of potentially cancerous breasts, and using a simple interface say whether they thought that the woman should get checked by a specialist.  Basically just like Hot or Not, but... for medical science.  Sure, it wouldn't be "effective" or "accurate," but I'm sure that thousands of men would regardless be more than happy to help out a good cause by rapidly clicking through close-up pictures of breasts.

Okay, so that probably wouldn't work, but it did get me wondering how many people would be gullible enough to fall for it.


Günter said...


Anonymous said...

I love the concept, but I do sort of wonder if you even need to fake people out. I think that there are enough exhibitionists on the Internet that you could probably just have iBreasts and be done with it :)

Anonymous said...

I find your thoughts greatly timed, as I am going to see my doctor today for my yearly physical. Luckily, mammograms are not part of them yet! I could say more...but I think that is bordering on tmi.

Anonymous said...

Of course, under the current system with its vague rules, Apple would reject said app for obscene content. Nice try, though.

- Andy (Blogger error when trying to post from my account)