"Bump the app before you bump in bed": The app in action.
Important questions to ask before sex in Iceland:
Do you have a condom?
If I would have had this app last year, I probably wouldn't have gone home with my cousin.
Do you have any sexually transmitted diseases?
A screenshot of the IslendigaApp for Android.
Are you my cousin?
In an island nation of just 300,000 people, sleeping with distant relatives may be inevitable. Sleeping with close relatives, however, remains something most would prefer to avoid. Now there's an app for that.
A team of software engineers at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik has scraped a publicly accessible genealogy website called slendingabk (the Book of Icelanders) to produce an Android app called IslendigaApp, News of Iceland reports.
Along with a range of more conventional search functions, the app features a "bump" function that lets two users tap phones to see how closely they are related. Too close a match, and an "incest alarm" will sound. The pitch: "Bump the app before you bump in bed."
So far it's drawing rave reviews, with a 4.5 out of 5 rating on the Google Play store. One user who commented on the app's website only regretted that it wasn't released a little earlier: "If I would have had this app last year," he wrote, "I probably wouldn't have gone home with my cousin."
Will Oremus is the lead blogger for Future Tense, reporting on emerging technologies, tech policy and digital culture.