Modern technology is amazing. Even more amazing is how people will use such advanced technology for such mundane purposes. Remember when you were a kid and you’d pretend to be driving a car or riding a motorcycle and you’d make “vroom, vroom” noises? Well, now there’s an app for your iPhone that will supply you with supercar sounds, even if you’re driving an econobox. Alternatively you can make your supercar sound like a clunker, or even a toilet flushing.
Black Frog Industries sells inexpensive, entertaining and somewhat silly iPhone apps, like how to use origami to make a finger ring out of a dollar bill and another, BraceFace, that puts braces on people in photos that you take. One of their apps is called AutoTones. It uses the smartphone’s accelerometers (and perhaps its GPS too) to sense your car’s motion and provide you with the appropriate sound effects. It’s interesting that the screen graphic for the clunker has a ‘dashboard’ with scarred fake wood and an emblem on the steering wheel that looks more than a little like the late Pontiac’s arrowhead.
From the Black Frog website:
Have you ever wanted your car to sound like a race car? An old car? Or how about a toilet? AutoTones will keep you laughing for hours!
AutoTones is an engine sound simulator for your car available for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Just choose your vehicle, place your iPhone or iPod Touch in your car securely and press start, then start driving! It’s that easy! AutoTones will detect the movement of the vehicle you are in and playback realistic sounds to match acceleration, deceleration, turns, stops, and idles. The steering wheel will turn as the vehicle turns, and the speedometer will rotate as the vehicle accelerates and decelerates. Touch the screen and you’ll honk the horn of the current vehicle!
Even if you don’t have a car, you can use AutoTones in a taxi, on the train, on a bus, and even on a speed boat! You can also hold it in your hand and run around! You will be laughing hysterically in seconds!
Additional vehicles coming soon! There are already several in development that will keep you laughing for hours!