By John Painter on Mon, 06/22/2009
When one has tasted it [watermelon] he knows what the angels eat.
~ Mark Twain, 1894 from Pudd'n head Wilson
While I tend to concentrate my writing on iPhone Apps which have a relationship to the humanities and education, for this review I went a little off the beaten path to look at, and use, an interactive application put out by Wumblers and the National Watermelon Association to promote healthy eating, healthy lifestyle and a lot of spitting.
Well any time I can get my kid to eat fresh fruit, I go with it. When I was first introduced to the Wumblers iSeed Spit ($1.99) I was hesitant, but slightly intrigued by the idea of spitting with my iPhone, so I went with it.
With a little research I found that the Wumblers are promoting more than spitting. A lot more. They are a company with a strong pro-social message that encourages “children's social, global, environmental, and humanitarian responsibility towards humankind and the world”. This is a message I can relate to as a parent, basically an updated vision of the "golden rule" and when mixed with getting my kid to eat fresh fruit, well the rest is history.
So, how does the game work? Basically you blow (with a bit of a spitting sound) into your iPhone’s speaker and by altering the angle you hold it, a watermelon seed flies down the screen on a virtual field. Depending on how much water you drink or seeds you munch, you can improve how many yards your watermelon seeds fly down the field. To make it just a bit more fun, you can also choose to log your score on Facebook.
There are a few down sides to the App; 1) expect some sticky finger prints all over your iPhone, 2) the inevitable wax and wane of interest by your kids – nothing lasts forever, 3) I had a hard time accessing Facebook through the App, though that could have more to do with the Facebook application than iSeed Spit.
Overall I have to say this App was better than expected since I actually got my son more excited about eating fresh fruit, I can see a lot of watermelon and seed spitting in my future!