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How long will it be before someone creates an application for the iPhone that has all of the advantages of a baby without the disadvantages? This would take the Tamagotchi concept (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamagotchi) a step farther.

Imagine a cute little CGI baby's face that fills the entire iPhone screen and is programmed to move like a real baby. You don't see the rest of the baby, just the big face. If you touch your finger to the baby's mouth, it starts sucking on it, essentially nursing. Its eyes would open and its little cheeks would start working.

The motion sensing technology of the iPhone would let you do everything from burping to rocking. And you could have some sort of humorous animated diaper changing sequence.

Obviously this application would be targeted at women. Thanks to evolution, most women get all gooey in the presence of a baby's face. You could kick this concept up a notch by programming the application to create a baby that is the combination of the user and the mate of her choice, based on morphed photos. The baby could even age, learning to speak and interact at about the same pace that artificial intelligence evolves in the iPhone. In time the application would seem just like a real child.

The best part of this idea is that someone is probably already working on it and will be pissed that it was described here before it launched.
 
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Jan 12, 2009
@S2C: Yes, I agree they're probably without kids. But so is their target audience (I wouldn't expect anyone who's had a real baby to go for an iBaby). Unless it's because it has an off switch (or would that be disabled?).

But why stop at an iPhone. Why not go to for a wii? You can bounce the bonny little one on your knee, play walkies and dancies (I guess they need no explanation). No end of "fun". And it's easier than getting a life.

@ Dilgal: girls are lucky. George Clooney has been good looking for ages (I guess), and will remain so for ages. It's less easy to find a lady who fits that bill (says me, shallow guy). Although Marisa Tomei comes would certainly fit the bill.
 
 
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Jan 12, 2009
Great...another outlet for people to abuse children.
 
 
Jan 12, 2009
One important detail left out of the planning equation: how can this be made into a status symbol? Maybe a baby iphone deluxe that's cuter and brighter and already enrolled in a prestigious i-phonetergarten? More thoughts on the devious uses of gadgets in the office here: http://tinyurl.com/9rh7qq
 
 
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Jan 12, 2009
Is that the patter of tiny ifeet I hear? Or the distant thunder of a herd of patent lawyers running to your door?
 
 
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Jan 12, 2009
Aaaaaaaah the real great dividing line in our modern society - people with kids and people without. Its obvious to me that technogoobies who are developing this or are thinking this is marketable are people without kids. That said though if someone were to raise an ichild what would be their ethical obligation to the ichild?
 
 
Jan 12, 2009
I'm pretty sure that kind of app is already available in Japan.
 
 
Jan 12, 2009
Frankly, I find the whole concept rather creepy. Can it die if you don't feed it? Does this mean women will be swerving all over the road (even more) to grab their iPhones every time her virtual baby cries?
 
 
Jan 12, 2009
I hate to say someone has already done it, so let's just say someone has already taken the first step:

http://www.cravegames.com/games/babypals/index.asp

But your Iphone version would be much better, I am sure.
 
 
 
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