The business and culture of our digital lives,
from the L.A. Times

« Previous Post | Technology Home | Next Post »

Appiphilia: App turns iPhone into a Cylon detector

February 10, 2009 | 10:00 am

Do you know what everyone around you has in common? "Battlestar Galactica" fans know: They might be a  Cylon (that's an artificial being, for the uninitiated). So, you need to be able to detect where and who they are. Enter the iPhone. A new app hit the market to help you detect those impostors.

And you know how you people-watch and make up stories?  Well, this takes that a step further.  Check your mom. Best friend. Dog. Cat. Boss (who you already know is a Cylon).  Photo

Cylon Detector ($1.99)

What it is: A Cylon detector

What sizzles:  Well, "Battlestar Galactica" sizzles.  The show is in its last season, on its last few episodes, and is still great.  The app?  The cool photos from the show that they superimpose a picture on are fun.  I wonder how many there are.

What fizzles: Sadly, you know it's not doing anything but flashing graphs and making sounds. I took a picture of someone's leg, and it threw the photo on an image of Lt. Starbuck's face.

Bottom line:  Fun to be had, though it may get old pretty fast. What I found out, though?  Everyone would rather be a Cylon.  What does that say about us?  Hmmm ...

-- Jevon Phillips

Jevon writes about "Battlestar Galactica" on the Show Tracker blog.

Subscribe to the Appiphilia RSS feed and follow us on Twitter.