For many years, I’ve been apathetic about apps. I know the rest of you have hundreds. I am edging up lately myself.
If I decided to learn how to design and market apps well–these are some apps I’d PERSONALLY like to own or to have had in times past:
- An app that automatically records into my calendar any time someone says to me “Mommy” “Tarrant” I have an appointment/show/class on x date at x time. Bonus features: If it also automatically figures out that there are special wardrobe, medication, snack, or other needs. No, I don’t want to type it in myself. I want it to KNOW that someone has said that and records it on my calendar. It should also be able to scan in any syllabi, course schedules and school calendars.
- An app that tracks the names of kids friends and their particular association with my child. This would be especially useful during car rides where an Emma is invoked. You know, my friend Emma. The one that is in band with me. She’s having a birthday party on Saturday. (Cue app 1 to record the Emma, birthday, sleepover, get gift, child needs to arrive at 3 pm)
This is fairly easy to remember when you have small children or one child with a small circle of peers. But, again, kids get older and they start high schools, sometimes LARGE high schools and you may not meet EmmaY until Senior Awards. Then they go off to college and have a new set of friends with a confusing mix of names that change (Emmas become Kat, Kevins become KLarge, and Miguel just shows up one day in a reference in a text message.) Sue me. Yes, I need an app to record the name of my kids friends, who they might be dating, crushing on, what kinds of interests they have, and how the heck do they know my child again? (Urban Lit class? I went to high school with him MOM, REMEMBER?!)
- A 5-minute chore app. “I see you are randomly scrolling your social accounts or playing Candy Crush. Did you know that you could use these 5 minutes to clean the junk drawer instead? You asked me to remind you of this need.” It could also auto-generate messages just based on your meaningless surfing. “Do you have a load of laundry to turn over? I see you are at home and not presently doing anything besides flipping around your apps looking for something to do.”
- Adding to the “Mom, I have a need for your presence/taxi service need” app– I want an app that listens to when someone in the family says “Mom, next time you are at the store, can you pick up a 12 pack of organic, vegan, gluten-free, cheese crackers for my lunches?”
- Also useful, an app that would remember which kid or adult states “I don’t like bananas” “Don’t buy x Brand of granola bars anymore” “Please, don’t make chicken again this week” “I hate blueberry yogurt” (Trust me–it is all fun and games when they are small. When they are adults and young adults or your elderly parent–things change and you might find yourself more willing to bend to the absurd)
- An app that keeps track of far flung family and close friends as well as children. It would be keyed to the news and before you even had the news, it would text saying “You are about to hear x bad news. Good news: Your sister/mother/coworker/Emma in that area is safe.”
Ok, please tell me I am not alone in wanting at least one of these apps. Or tell me which apps you’d like to smooth your world.