App of Icelanders: Know your relative first

The Islendiga App, otherwise known as the “App of Icelanders,” is a new Android smartphone app designed to help people of Iceland evade from committing accidental incest.

Many countries considered incest as a form of social embarrassment, and therefore should be avoided as much as possible. But for tiny countries like Iceland where population is also small, almost all people living in it are somewhat distantly related. This is one reason as to why Icelanders are highly exposed to committing accidental incest.

The new Islendiga App is purposely rolled out for Icelanders to easily determine whether the person they are dating with, or about to kiss is their close relative or not. Yes, it will tell whose relative is to whom by simply bumping phones.

The app was originally designed and developed by three software engineering students at the University of Iceland. It was purportedly an entry to a competition facilitated by the Icelandic biotech company deCODE Genetics.

How App of Icelanders work?

Tagged under the latest Android smartphone applications, this Islendiga Android app works in a way that allows users bump phones. It then tells both users if they are related, through a warning alarm, also referred to as an incest prevention alarm. Thus, the app’s slogan says, “Bump the app before you bump in bed.”

How this is made possible?

An online database called the Book of Icelanders will be accessed by the Islendiga App. The Book of Icelanders database was created in the year 1997, as an online storage of census data, family archives, church records and other information of the inhabitants of Iceland. Basically, this online database contains genealogical information of almost the entire Iceland population.

Arnar Freyr Adalsteinsson, one of the three students who develop the Islendiga app has explicated that:

“A small, but much talked about feature is the loosely translated ‘Incest Prevention Alarm’ that users can enable through the options menu which notifies the user if the person he’s bumping with is too closely related.”

Considering Iceland is a small country with overall population of only 320,000, everyone may somewhat be related, and therefore, at risk of committing accidental incest. Good thing the Islendiga App is here to help.

So far, the Islendiga App has already posted around 4,000 downloads since its launching this month. The current version available is Android-based. The developers are purportedly planning to develop an iPhone version for iPhone users in Iceland, too.

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