Imagine if every time you made the sneaky dash to the fridge an alarm went off in your pocket and your phone alerted everyone around you to your tim tam hustle? Not bad enough? How about it then sending out a tweet shaming your (lack of) exercise and alerting everybody to the fact that you’ve over eaten that day?
Welcome to 2015 people, the year where fitness trackers turn into pocket sized A-holes.
If you thought Commando from The Biggest Loser was bad, just wait until you download Carrot Hunger.
Available for both iPhone and Androids, Carrot Hunger is “a sadistic AI construct with one simple goal: to transform your flabby carcass into a Grade A specimen of the human race”.
According to the app’s description, it “will do whatever it takes – including threatening, inspiring, ridiculing, and bribing you – to make this happen. You will lose weight – or else.”
Given that I have indulged a little over the Christmas break (and I felt my self confidence was getting a little high) I installed the delightful little cherub onto my iPhone.
I entered data on my phone such as my weight (Carrot asked me if I was lying) my height and then my birthday (or as Carrot put it, “the day I was expelled from my mother”- charming).
I was then assigned the name of “Meatbag” (uh, thanks) and told that I was “a kind of active office drone”.
Right – feeling good.
I discovered users of Carrot are asked to enter their weight daily and use the app as a calorie tracker (with attitude) to input data. You can do this manually which provides an estimate of the associated calories, or you can scan barcodes for exact nutritional information.