Envision the Impractical with My EYE

Price: $.99     Score: 3/10     By A. PapachristosMY

Phones have become a suspicious tool because they simplify one’s ability to spy and cheat.  With the ability to send photos and videos by pressing a single button, users can share vital or incriminating evidence within moments.  However, with My EYE by TouchMeProject, users now have access to an application that promises to serve just this purpose despite the fact that it lacks even some of the most basic features you can access for free with the tools built directly into your iPhone.

With My EYE, users can connect with other users to send messages and videos right within the application.  (Yes, both users have to download My EYE in order for such transfer to work.)  Working in real-time via Bluetooth, My EYE does not require an Internet connection, nor an additional paid messaging plan.

When you start the application, you will see two eyes, one being the actually letter i itself.  Tapping on the letter will provide you with usage information because, without such instruction, it would be extremely difficult to figure out My EYE’s true purpose.  By tapping the actual image of the eye, users can then search for and connect to any local devices also running My EYE.  Once you have connected, you may send text messages by using the Chat button or video by pressing the Video button.  Your friend will automatically receive your messages when connected.

As the App Store description suggests, you can easily use My EYE to spy on someone or copy off another person’s class work.  However, I do believe that this is the exact reason why students must either leave their phones at home or present them to their teacher when taking important exams.  Such cheating can also lead to plagiarism, which can have serious ramifications.

Also, with a special introductory price available until the next update, the My EYE description also includes a list of features to be added in the next version: the ability to connect via Wi-Fi, send audio, send photo and save photo.  Not to be a killjoy, but I can already perform all these tasks with the default features nearly every phone comes with these days, and I will not need to connect via Bluetooth with someone running the exact same application on their iPhone.

I can already send text messages courtesy of the data plan my phone carrier mandated upon purchasing my iPhone.  And, if I do not want to text them, there are multiple applications that provide instant messaging for free.  I can already connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi or 3G, allowing me to send information in this respect as well.  I can send photos via text message or email, whichever I prefer, and I can save any received photos right to my photo library.  And I have been sending audio messages since my very first cell phone.  (That was their original use, correct?)

No offense, but if I can already accomplish such tasks without the $.99 price tag and the restrictions that come with only being able to interact with other My EYE users, why wouldn’t I simply use what Apple gave me?

My EYE [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer in order to speed up the publication of this review.

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