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Bizarro Apps: Big Ass Fans for iPhone & iPad


OK, so this is probably not what you were expecting given the post title. You could’ve been thinking ‘Oh here we go, another porn app slips through the App Store filters’ – but this one is not a porn app. Or at least I hope it isn’t. It’s Big Ass Fans, for the iPhone and iPad.

It is one of the most bizarre apps I’ve seen in the App Store though. Here’s a slice of its App Store intro:

You’ve seen a Big Ass Fan® in your favorite restaurant, gym or store. Now you can see a Big Ass Fan in your own home or business. This app uses augmented reality to place a Big Ass Fan on your ceiling using your device’s camera. See what a Big Ass Fan will look like in your home or business without installing it.

And a few of its key features:

· Visualize a Big Ass Fan in your space using the intuitive interface by placing a fan using your camera or an image from your camera gallery
· Save your photo for viewing, or share it through Facebook, email and more
· Browse a gallery of images to see how a Big Ass Fan can add impact to any space
· Get detailed product information and contact a Big Ass Fans sales representative

This app makes me feel like I’ve lead a far too sheltered life. I haven’t expanded my horizons sufficiently. Because I have to admit I have never even once considered visualizing a big-ass fan. I’ve never had the slightest urge to share photos of big-ass fans, and definitely never felt an urgent need to contact a big-ass fans sales rep.

Any big-ass fans fans here? Should I expect to see this app at the top of the app charts very soon?

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  • Brandon

    My neighbor has a big ass fan. Pretty cool too as it’s got a remote to change the speed and control the direction of rotation. I personally have never felt the need to visualize a BAF in my house, but I can see how that would be handy for some folks with the need for one.

    How Apple didn’t take issue with name however… that’s another story.

  • Hilary

    Surprised they have an app, going to have to check that out. 🙂

    I’m also surprised that Apple didn’t reject it for the name. HOWEVER it is the legal name of the company so it wasn’t just made up for the app… they are headquartered where I live so I’ve gotten used to the name.