Womb It Concerns

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The Life in the Womb app.

Exploring YOUR baby’s journey from conception to birth and developed by Dublin-based firms The Science Picture Company and Redwind Software.

And up for an international Webby.

Michael Grant writes:

“We’re now into the last 24 hours before public voting closes for the international Webby Awards. There is just  ONE Irish nomination in the running this year, the app Life in the Womb, and it would really improve our chances if Broadsheet could give us a shout out today. The app has been nominated alongside TED, Barefoot World Atlas, Toca Lab and Solar Walk for Best Mobile & Apps: Education & Reference. It has already fended off competition from big players such as Disney to make it to the short-list…”

Vote here

Life In The Womb App

43 thoughts on “Womb It Concerns

  1. Just some guy

    Awwww. Cute.

    Of course, it’s cute until the pro-lifers start pointing out that little humans have toes and faces and eyes and things, and then it’ll be outrageous and broadsheet will have to do some kind of snarky version of this post, replete with loads of comments about how catholics are bad.

      1. Gerry Johns

        Give them a break. They obviously fall into two categories: 1) Rape victims or 2) Pregnant with a foetus that is unlikely to live long after birth.

          1. Gerry Johns

            Napper – I’d say hardly any women fit into this category. I am basing this belief on the various pro-choice arguments that have been voiced in recent years.

      2. Anne

        Oh it’s the poor sad lonely little porn-additcted man without a meaningful relationship in his life and an intimate knowledge of the timetable to ArchBish Martin.
        (Do he know you is on the internets daily spreading your bigoted homophobic misogynistic crud around in the name of Catholicism making all reasonable people of the same faith look bad?

        What it is now love? Do you want to save the unborn all of a sudden? So is it ok if the “11 women” give the kids to a gay couple who want to adopt them and bring them up in a happy home is that it?
        Or would you prefer they went into a Catholic adoption home to be buggered senseless by Priests night after night only to have another priest forgive him so he can do it all over again?

        When are your lot going to pay taxes by the way?

        1. rotide

          werent you only just posting about Strawman arguments anne?

          You should practice what you preach.

          Oh, and cop on and stop the crusade against ABM, Its like watching a grown woman wait for santa claus.

          1. Anne

            rotide – I have had no interactions prior to ABM before this so I really am puzzled what you are on about.

            In this thread – I have asked “him/her” reasonable questions based on the bile they spewed and they didn’t answer. No straw manning there, a perfectly context based set of queries asking them to sketch out the natural consequences of the action they would like to see enforced above:

            Again:
            Do he (referring to ArchBish Martin) know you is on the internets daily spreading your bigoted homophobic misogynistic crud around in the name of Catholicism making all reasonable people of the same faith look bad?

            What it is now love? Do you want to save the unborn all of a sudden? So is it ok if the “11 women” give the kids to a gay couple who want to adopt them and bring them up in a happy home is that it?

            Or would you prefer they went into a Catholic adoption home to be buggered senseless by Priests night after night only to have another priest forgive him so he can do it all over again?

            When are your lot going to pay taxes by the way?
            (From Don Pidgeoni)
            And the compensation. Don’t forget that!

            No strawmanning there but I appreciate your move in attempting to undermine my reasoned argument with an accusation of strawmanning, the problem is that it would have to be true to be effective.

          2. rotide

            Apologies, I got the wrong Anne.

            However:
            “Oh it’s the poor sad lonely little porn-additcted man without a meaningful relationship in his life and an intimate knowledge of the timetable to ArchBish Martin.”

            Negates anything reasonable you have to say. Strawman doesnt even begin to cover it.

            Same goes for you Dubh Linn.

          3. Anne

            Have whatever petty little crusades you want against against whatever unknown internet alias to stick up for whatever other unknown internet alias all you want.

            Please do this for whatever unspecified reason you want using what ever unexplained logic that seems good to you.

            It just helps if you have them at the right time in the right comment thread talking to the right person otherwise you end up looking a bit silly.

          4. rotide

            My point is that you opened your criticsim of his bile with bile of your own, therefore dropping to his level.

            Considering his level is a giant massive troll that everyone reacts to with pavlovian regularity, maybe you are merely a troll too. It’s hard to know Anne.

            But don’t let me stop you feeling better about your life by making unsubstantied guesses about someone elses. Whatever gets you off anne.

  2. Anne

    Ok, it is lovely and clever and most of the way there is demonstrating what a baby in the womb looks like.

    However some fatheads take it and use it, I am sure will have no correlation with the intent of the designers and to be honest this information and the same “week by week” format is out there on the internet on loads of sites. WebMD, Babycentre, Mothercare ect. ect.

    The only small issues I have with the app as it is presented are:
    -the babies are all white as is only 20% (approx.) of the world’s population – if you want people to be want to use your app, it helps if they can relate to it
    –the babies are all hairless (for anyone who doesn’t know, most if not all newborn babies are born with a fair amount of downy hair on them which keeps them warm after coming out of the womb – this is visible on some x-ray imaging from 35 weeks onwards)
    —the babies are all “picture perfect” looking. Not all babies are born this way. Again, this makes it harder for people to relate to your product if all your core pictures are all about projecting an ideal rather than the reality for a lot of people

    1. Gerry Johns

      Anne – are you white yourself?

      Fair enough if you’re not. However if you are white then why go to the lengths of taking offence on behalf of others. I am sure they are well able to stand up for themselves.

      1. Anne

        Gerry – Are you purple, hairy or imperfect looking yourself? I was not “taking offence” on behalf of any of these types of people so why single out colour out of all the points I raised? My comments were not limited to skin colour, so why latch on to that?

        My pigmentation is irrelevant to the point I was making.

        Successful software has mass appeal, so ideally it should not be limited to a gender, race, creed or skin-colour. If the public can relate to your software, they are more likely to buy or use it. If you give them reasons to be excluded, they will not buy or use it.

        Less than 20% of the world’s population are white. Therefore potentially you are stopping almost 80% of the iPhone owning population (421 million at last count) from relating to your software. This is limiting your appeal and your market.

        But hey, if you want to turn me pointing out that there is a lost opportunity here to expand your market in favour of in imagining up some non-existant skin colour issue, knock yourself out.

        I think you are the one with the over-sensitivity in this area.

    2. Leo Dowling

      Yes, Anne. Please moderate the white-hot fury of your suggestions for making the app more accurate and popular. Your torrent of non-existent rage is distracting Gerry from the straw men pouring over the border.

      1. Anne

        Your torrent of non-existent rage
        I tell you Leo, I wasn’t there, I wasn’t in the moment, I wasn’t banging a drum, I TELLS YA! :)

    3. rotide

      I’m going to guess that this app isn’t aimed at a large portion of that other 80%. You can rest easy now dear.

      1. Anne

        The app is up for an award for the webbies (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webby_Award)
        A global competition to find the best apps and software.
        Globally, there is a huge mix of people of all possible skin colours.
        Globally, there are a huge amount of people that know what a new born baby looks like
        Globally there are a huge amount of people who are turned off by the Western Worlds perfect ideals. Hence why Vogue ect. have Asian, Indian ect. editions

        The more people, globally you appeal to, the better the chances you have of doing well in a global competition.
        ….. but then you haven’t even looked at the app, have you?

  3. Spaghetti Hoop

    Jeez, any other country would have simply said ‘nice idea for an app’.
    Which it is.
    I hope they do well in the awards.

    1. Anne

      Absolutely, as I said before I think it is lovely and clever.
      It’s just some people want to use my feedback as a basis for their own prejudices and petty point scoring.
      Ahhh, der interwebs :)

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