Apps That Give You Super Powers
So maybe you weren’t born on a different planet with super powers, like that alien Superman (superhero purists, we get it). Maybe you’re more like Batman and you want to become a self-made hero with amazing powers. Choose your dream power below, and download the app that will make it happen. Or just download all of them, and make everyone look on in awe of your newfound abilities:
Want to know who’s been rapidly diminishing your precious supply of Peanut Butter Captain Crunch? For $9.99, you can become the fly on the wall. MobiScope syncs up with your surveillance cameras (assuming you’re serious about this, and already have some), and alerts you when motion detectors are activated. That cereal thief is sooo busted.
This app figures out what you’re watching on TV by assessing the program sound, and gives you instant information tailored to that show. But the social part is where the real fun begins. You can find out exactly what your friends are watching if they also have the app, and casually drop “random” tidbits of information into a text conversation to show off your telepathic powers. Tell Jean Grey to step aside.
This app takes a bit more work. You’ll have to make your home into a “Control 4 enabled smart home,” before the fun begins. Once you’ve connected everything to the home base controller, you can manipulate “lights, thermostats, audio, video, web cameras, security system, and much more with easy taps and gestures.” And you can do it all from afar with this incredible app. If you can’t think of a way to have fun with this, you don’t deserve the power.
4. THE FORCE
This app uses your built-in computer webcam to track whatever gestures you make and sends a signal to your music or movie player. Simply hold up your palm to pause or play. The next time you watch a movie on your laptop, the Imperial March will be playing on repeat in your mind.
5. PERSONAL MINION
If you’re the type who dreams of ordering an army of orcs around, go with the next best thing. With Dragon Go, you can demand that your phone finds you the nearest taco stand, or use it to dictate messages to friends. You don’t even have to say please. This one’s especially handy for powermongers who don’t have access to enough people to boss around.
6. LIGHT MANIPULATION
I know what you’re thinking (I’m a true telekinetic). But light manipulation really is a super power, and with the press of a button, you can lead the way for all of your loyal followers. Bonus: there’s a strobe light, too. Dazzle your enemies and make a quick getaway, or just start a dance party. Either way, you’ll get to live out a Harry Potter Patronus fantasy, if you’re into that sort of thing.
7. X-RAY VISION
Use this app to see through whatever is in your way. Sort of. According to the Android app designer, “This [app] is totally different than all the other x-ray apps because this one uses your camera.” So you can view things in real time–and when you’re walking through your house in the middle of the night, it sort of looks like night-vision x-ray, which is awesome.
It may have worked for Clark Kent, but these days, you’re probably going to need more than a pair of glasses to pass for a nerd. Well, the same Wikipedia that got you through high school can help. Wikipanion gives you access to the app on-the-go, so you can be the all-knowing god of random information at all times. While you’re at it, be the all knowing god of music and use Shazam, which detects whatever music you’re listening to and tells you song titles and artist names. You might even be able to fake your way through an obscure indie music conversation. Maybe. Side note: try not to abuse these powers, or your friends will wish you’d chosen invisibility.
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