Iceland is a tiny country with only 320,000 people. To a certain degree, everyone is somewhat related, which apparently increases the chances of accidental incest.
Fortunately for Icelanders, a new smartphone app tells potential couples if they are too closely related.
All the users have to do is bump phones and the Islendiga App (“App of Icelanders”) will inform them via alarm if they are too close on the family tree, reports the Associated Press.
The app's slogan is “Bump the app before you bump in bed."
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The Islendiga App accesses the Book of Icelanders online database, which was developed in 1997 with census data, church records, family archives and other information. The online database holds genealogical details of almost the entire population.
The Islendiga App was created by three University of Iceland software engineering students for a contest run by the Icelandic biotech company deCODE Genetics, reports MedicalDaily.com.
“A small, but much talked about feature is the loosely translated ‘Incest Prevention Alarm’ that users can enable through the options menu which notifies the user if the person he’s bumping with is too closely related,” said Arnar Freyr Adalsteinsson, one of the three students.
The Islendiga App has been downloaded almost 4,000 times since it was launched this month. An iPhone version is planned.