Learning to walk in stiletto heels is difficult, as App World! editor Mac Buck found out before his divorce when his then wife insisted he spend a day in her shoes.
"Fraze's heels were a bit tight," admitted Buck. "But that was nothing compared to trying to stay upright in them. I nearly twisted an ankle."
Fortunately, Buck downloaded the iBalance app from the Japanese App company, Kimono Apps.
"This app was a life saver," said Buck. "Well, maybe it didn't save my life, and it certainly couldn't save my marriage. However, it did save my ankles."
The app uses the sensitive accelerometer to make sure that the person holding it keeps their centre of gravity perfectly balanced using a visual display on the screen. As the person starts to wobble, the bubble moving on the screen moves away from the central spot allowing the app owner to correct their balance before they fall.
"It was originally developed for the elderly," said Buck. "It helps them keep their balance as they go through their daily routines. However, it proved difficult to sell to the elderly as they generally can't use anything more technologically advanced than a ball point pen. Additionally, constantly looking at the screen with their eyesight proved impractical."
Instead, Kimono Apps marketed the app at gymnasts and other younger people for whom balance was important.
"I'd imagine it would be a life saver if you had to cross between two sky scrapers on a high wire," said Buck. "Or, as in my case, learn how to walk in four inch heels before lunch time."
As it turned out, spending a day in his wife's shoes did not save Buck's marriage.
"When she saw me wearing her shoes," said Buck, sadly, "she was livid! Apparently, it wasn't what she meant at all. If anything, it was the final straw in our marriage."