New app turns iPhone device into ‘gaydar beacon’


LGBTQ Nation

Wouldn’t it be great if there was some kind of “gaydar detector” that would tell you if someone was gay or not? Guess what, there’s an app for that!

ACME AtronOmatic, a software development company, has released their newest application, “Bandana – The Gaydar App” for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, a social networking application for the gay community.

The application uses the device’s Bluetooth radio to broadcast a signal that can be picked up by other nearby users with a similarly-equipped device. The end result turns your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch into an actual “gaydar detector” with a range of up to 100 feet.

To use the gaydar feature, the user activates their “gaydar beacon,” and whenever they walk within range of another user also running the app, the device will “ping” or vibrate (depending on the device’s volume settings) to let you know that another gay person is nearby. A quick check of the display shows the profile of the user (or users) in range.

“It’s perfect for those occasions when you’re out in a public setting, say a gym, or a grocery store, a concert … or even a subway, and you want to know if anyone else nearby is playing for your team,” according to Oscar Flemming, lead developer at ACME AtronOmatic. “Want to know if that hot guy you just passed in the airport is gay? Break out your Bandana!”

Aside from the gaydar feature, the app also supports profile browsing and private one-on-one chatting commonly found in other gay-oriented apps. “Bandana” is available for free at the iTunes App Store.

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