K.I.T.T.: A (Talking) Blast From the Past

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K.I.T.T.: iPhone App Written Review

K.I.T.T. for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

We don’t know about you, but we sure do miss the glory days of campy 80s television, starting with our complete and utter love for the program Knight Rider. Thankfully, we aren’t the only modern folks who found themselves missing the Hoff and his escapades, as the good lads at Pegaso Studios have realized our obsession with the K.I.T.T. car on our iPhones, thanks to K.I.T.T. This one dollar gem recreates word-by-word and phrase-by-phrase the voice and personality of the original. Even better, the app is fully capable of responding to your voice and commands, making it a sassy version of Siri. For our full thoughts on this retro app, check below beyond the break!

Concept and Functionality

For those unaware of the app’s premise, K.I.T.T. is built around the 1982 television show Knight Rider. The show featured David Hasselhof as Michael Knight, the driver of a super, high-tech car that not only thought for itself, but managed to perform a whole host of other functions, to boot. We feel this is a perfect prelude to the app K.I.T.T., as it too performs a whole number of functions we didn’t know we needed, but love now that we do.

To begin with, users are free to ask K.I.T.T. any question they’d like, and—for the most part— K.I.T.T. will respond. Obviously, there are limitations, but we were surprised by the level of sophistication K.I.T.T. was capable of understanding. Furthermore, users can also make musical requests of the app. If K.I.T.T. is asked to play tracks from your iPod, he will do just that, making random musical selections to get the job done. The app will also give you classic lines from the series at the touch of a side button. This, combined with several different “cruising” modes, makes K.I.T.T. simultaneously a pocket CleverBot, as well as a series soundboard.

Design and Layout

K.I.T.T. for iPhone

K.I.T.T. for iPhone

We aren’t sure how to say this, so we suppose we’ll just do it: K.I.T.T. is literally, panel for panel, the same as the series. We’re tickled pink about it, as when the iPhone app is open, it looks as though K.I.T.T. is living within our iOS-enabled device. The developers have really outdone themselves designing the app to stay true to the original material, down to the voice inflections and sound effects we’re used to. All in all, if you’re a fan of the series, you will not be disappointed by the look of the title.

Overall Value

At the end of the day, K.I.T.T. is the sort of application we can’t help but recommend, though when it comes down to it, the thing is still a novelty. We loved having conversations with K.I.T.T., but even with the extra show information thrown in, the real joy you get out of the app comes with your appreciation for the original material. If you’re like us, you’ll love it, though, and that’s a surefire recommendation as far as we’re concerned!

K.I.T.T.K.I.T.T. requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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One Response to “K.I.T.T.: A (Talking) Blast From the Past”

  1. karmel says:

    Brilliant! Still may use some work but a very fun app!! And good imagination, for whoever thought it!

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