Smule: A lighter function for the iPhone

by Mark R


The Smule has got to be one of the most interesting iPhone applications, but interesting does not mean useful. The Smule is essentially a “Sonic Lighter” that can create an image of a flame on your iPhone.

The user can put his or her finger on the flame, and it will move as if you were actually putting your finger in it. It’s kind of like a trick I used to do as a kid where I would pass my finger through a candle flame quickly. Fortunately, if you keep your finger in the Smule flame too long, you won’t burn your hand.

The Sonic Modem uses a speaker and a microphone that somehow enables the user to ignite the flames on other Smule-enabled iPhones. In this way, a user can remake that Coca-Cola “I Like to Teach the World to Sing” ad with iPhones instead of real candles.

The Smule also has a Global flame map that can indicate where you and others have carried the light to others. I suppose this is an attempt to create some sort of community of Smule users.

Believe it or not, you can blow on the Smule flame, and it will flicker like a real one. If you don’t believe it, check out the included YouTube Video that has a really creepy soundtrack.

If you wish to be part of the Smule community, feel free to try it out on the AppStore for just 99 cents.

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