This week in the Drogheda Leader, The Faa Side looked at a great little local invention by some super smart transition year students. The Scally or Scrote Radar as it is being dubbed could just be the next app to go viral.
Transition year students Lauren Finnegan and Ryan Fitzpatrick are making digital waves in the technology world after raising €25,000 on Kickstarter for their teen safety app Scrote Radar. The teen couple, who totally get each other and swear their first love won’t create business problems down the line when they eventually split after Lauren outgrows the relationship and starts going out with older, cooler boys, created the app after feeling threatened by the scrote hoards walking around Drogheda at night.
“We were having a great wee shift one night there in Meat Market Lane when a group of scrotes started picking on us and making lewd comments,” explained Ryan. “We were only saved when one of them got a text saying that a truck full of white tracksuits and protein shakes had jack-knifed down the quays and the Guards hadn’t secured the area yet.”
Lauren picked up the story. “They wandered off like something out of The Walking Dead. We started thinking it’d be great if there was an app to warn people about scrote movements. We did some research and found there was a tracking app for pigeons so we based it on that. And given that scrotes walk like pigeons it wasn’t too hard to modify. After that it only took us a couple of days programming at the school’s lunch time Coder Dojo.”
The app has been developed in tandem with Gardaí and Youth Reach. It uses GPS technology to pinpoint the exact location of herds or individual scrotes engaging in anti-social behaviour. The app acts like traditional radar and is ported onto Google Maps.
A purple dot or cluster of dots warns the user of aggressive scrotes approaching; flashing green and red dots of passive-aggressive scrotes and yellow dots of pre-pubescent scrotes.
Feedback from local trials has been positive with many users likening it to playing real life Pac Man while 70% of trialists enjoyed the sense of danger, knowing that a wrong turn under pressure could result in a senseless beating. Only one trialist was beaten to a pulp and urinated on but that was largely due to a Wi-Fi blind spot on Duke Street.
News of the app took off on social media after a crowd sourcing drive was launched by the two students on Kickstarter, a website dedicated to funding business ideas without the need to go through the banks.
“We only set out to raise €10,000 so the response has been totes amazing,” beamed Ryan. “We trialled it with my older brother and his skinny jean wearing mates who always worry about the scrote threat walking across West Street after a night out. They target you if you’re not wearing tracksuit bottoms. They loved it and told their friends at university. Now we’ve had offers from a number of digital start-ups but we’re just focused on our studies.”
Scrote Radar is will be available in time for the October Bank Holiday Weekend and can be purchased in the App Store, priced at a student friendly €1.99.