If you could invent a new mobile app, what would it be?

If you could invent a new mobile app, what would it be?

Every Wednesday we ask our Brain Game contestants one interesting, thought-provoking or just plain quirky question. Their answers will be published anonymously in Young Post. Then readers can vote for their FAVOURITE answer. We will eliminate the contestant with the LEAST votes every week until we have a winner.

The ultimate Brain Game winner will receive a pair of annual Gold Passes to Ocean Park.

The contestants

Contestant 1

My app would solve one of the most pressing problems of modern-day life: low battery.

When activated, it would use the person’s body heat to charge the phone. Also, it would monitor phone usage and automatically switch off apps that are running in the background, therefore further saving battery life. It would also use a special program to boost WiFi, 3G or 4G, streaming videos and websites more easily. What’s more, it would turn off WiFi, 3G or 4G automatically when not in use, conserving battery power and data.

It would be very easy to use, and would look good, too. There would be no annoying adverts, but it would still be free. It would include a forum for users to suggest improvements and point out any problems to yours truly.

With all these cool functions, doesn’t this app need an awesome name? This incredible app would be called ... *drum roll* ... the Ultimate Lifesaver! Are you ready for the most extreme movie marathon of your life?

Contestant 2

Definitely a Young Post app! Hurray! (Am I flattering SCMP too much?)

YP readers may not be able to access the most compelling news stories online or vote for Brain Game as easily as they’d like. (I guess I really am being too flattering). The new app would make YP more popular not only among teens, but with readers of all age groups. It would be the best decision ever.

Existing news apps can be quite dull and unappealing to teens. So there’s a gap in the market for YP to make a first-ever innovative and engaging news app aimed at young people. I’ve thought about it all – from the design of the logo to the layout.

The logo would be a bold “YP” against a pure white background. Then the layout would be similar to Instagram, so readers would know how to use it straight away.

I don’t want to boast or try to flatter YP, but you can thank me when this app is created – you will get to see all my fabulous contributions!

Contestant 3

Nowadays, people are always looking for new things to do. Therefore, my app would tell people what they can do with the things they have on hand. For example, if you were bored and hungry at home and wanted to make food, the app would tell you what you could cook from the ingredients you have.

The app would also provide a lot of environmentally-friendly DIY ideas. Most people just throw empty cans or glass jars away, and don’t realise they can be useful objects. Especially after festivals like Christmas or Lunar New Year, people would be encouraged to turn their unwanted items into useful tools instead of throwing them in the bin. This would reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfills and help protect the Earth.

Lastly, it’s frustrating when I hang out with friends and they’re just focused on their phones. I get bored and wish we had something to play. The app would tell us which games we could play in different places using simple materials – like a quick game of Tic Tac Toe using straws and sugar cubes to pass time waiting for your meal at a restaurant.

Contestant 4

My app would be called YUM and would tell you everything about the food in front of you. You’d only have to do two things. First, you’d have to fill in all your personal info – for example, your allergies and foods you can’t eat. Even if you don’t know all your allergies then the app could help by conducting a single scan.

Next, you’d take a photo of the food and YUM would tell you all the ingredients, warn you if the food can trigger an allergy, and help you make the right decisions when eating. It would also warn you about safe and unsafe foods, and give you all the nutritional information. It could even tell how tasty the food is by showing reviews and comments.

*In case of dispute, Young Post reserves the right to decide the result


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