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What do you get when you cross an iphone with food allergies?

Monday, December 8th, 2008

The answer just might be “increased mobility”! Six months ago when hubby’s boss equipped him with an iphone they seemed like techno geeks simply wanting to play with the latest toy. A few months later, my respect for the “toy” began to increase when hubby asked me if I needed to check my e-mail as we were whirring across the Adriatic Sea in a water taxi. Then we found ourselves in a grocery store in Venice Italy trying to read food labels in Italian and he offered to use the translator on his iphone. I was impressed and immediately thought how useful this “toy” would be if our son really did take off with his backpack to travel around Europe.
And to add energy to the propulsion, he later found a free iphone app called “Around Me” which works with the unit’s built-in GPS capabiliy to identify restaurants, grocery stores, hospitals, etc. close to where the phone is being used. Can you see where I’m going with this? Do you suppose the insurance companies of the world would agree that this is a medically necessary device for anyone with food allergies? Ok, maybe not yet.
Now for the dairy free frosting on the cake. I’m thinking xmas gift for the 22 year old when I grab hubby’s iphone out of his hand and ask him to power up www.FoodAllergiesToGo.com on the thing. I’ll be darned, the thing works like a charm. In landscape mode the grocery list works well enough to be useful in the store without being annoying, and most of the restaurant page reviews fit nicely on the screen.
Currently, the iphone is relatively pricey for someone as budget conscious as myself, but lots of folks already own them through work or techno interests. The AT&T salesguy said they’re $200 less if someone initiates a new contract or is eligible for an upgrade. I’m tempted, but haven’t yet decided if I’ll spring for it. ‘Tis the season for new toys and I do think we’re onto something good, and as far as I know there is nothing, yup nothing, on his xmas list.
Ann
P.S. I use the term techno geek fondly since I admit to being one.