20 Amazing iPhone Apps Developed By College Kids

Posted January 18, 2010

For some students, college is a time to party, sleep in, and skip class. For others, it’s an opportunity to explore themselves socially, intellectually and even professionally. Going to class and staying up late finishing homework projects aren’t excuses to put their careers on hold, and for these ambitious college students and graduate students, it’s just part of their day job. Check out these 20 amazing iPhone apps developed by students with a promising entrepreneurial spirit.

  1. Battery Go!: Jeff Lange, Michael Phelps and Cameron Banga are students at Valparaiso who decided to create an iPhone app during their summer break in 2009. Just 48 hours after the release of Battery Go!, an app that lets iPhone users know how much battery life is left for surfing the Internet or using music, video or the phone, the app reached the top 100 paid applications list. The three students now have their own development company, CollegeKidApp.com.
  2. Movies: Carnegie Mellon student Jeffrey Grossman developed Movies.app, an application that was eventually purchased by Flixter. The app summarizes top DVD releases and box office hits, includes a DVD database of 50,000 movies, connects to Rotten Tomatoes’ movie reviews, provides showtimes and theatre information, and more. The app is now available for free, and through his partnership with Flixster, Grossman is reported to be working with the company as a consultant, at least until he graduates from college.
  3. Fractal Fire: Fractal Fire is another app created by CollegeKidApp that allows iPhone users to view and share via e-mail high quality, colorful fractal images accompanied by music and video.
  4. How to Analyze Information: CollegeKidApp’s third iPhone application is free to download and shares advice and insight from former Special Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence and political analyst Herbert E. Meyer. Meyer’s essay "How to Analyze Information" can be accessed directly from the app in full or by skipping to different sections.
  5. Radio: USC graduate students Chaitanya Ramavajjala, Raed Shomali and Jen Pei Li developed Radio, which now allows users to listen to over 30,000 radio stations around the world from their iPhones. The updated version features SHOUTcast Radio Directory, a tool for finding radio stations, as well as the ability to connect with Facebook and Twitter.
  6. Scanner Radio: Another app created by Pei Li, Ramavajjala and Shomali’s company Intersect World LLC is Scanner Radio, a tool that opens access to police radio, police scanners and emergency radios in the U.S. and Canada.
  7. Currency and Currency Pro: These two apps were also created by Jeffrey Grossman. Currency Pro is completely ad-free and supports updated exchange rates for over 90 different currencies. Both app versions are available in languages like English, Chinese, Dutch, Japanese, Portuguese and more.
  8. Air Guitar: This popular app was created by then-students at Stanford University, James Anthony and Edward Marks. Anthony and Marks were some of the first graduates of Stanford’s iPhone development course, and with Air Guitar, they created a mobile- and iPod-friendly way to "rock out with none of the talent or commitment required to play a real instrument."
  9. StudioApp lite: This app is a mini recording studio for your iPhone. You can record four tracks of unlimited length plus an instrumental track, using features like 33.001Hz record quality, input clipping marker, input audio decibel meter, and more. StudioApp and StudioApp lite were created by Hayden Kramer and Wesley Miller and have been well-ranked on iTunes.
  10. Speed: Irish university student Steven Troughton-Smith has developed four iPhone apps, the first of which was Speed. Speed is a speedometer that uses your GPS to evaluate how fast you’re going — on bikes, in cars and trains or on boats. Speed displays in both kilometers and meters.
  11. Nuker: Besides Speed, Steven Troughton-Smith developed Nuker, a useful app for testing Windows XP vulnerability. The app — which currently costs $2.99 — checks to make sure your computer is not about to experience an RPC Denial of Service attack.
  12. Jaadu: This app is a powerful tool that allows you to control your computer from your iPhone or iPod touch. The app costs $24.99 but supports Mac, Windows, Linux and AMX Touchscreen. O’Reilly rated Jaadu VNC the "best app for remote desktop access," an especially remarkable award considering it was developed by Jahanzeb Sherwani, a Carengie Mellon grad student.
  13. HaveASec?: Create one-question or multi-question surveys and polls to send to friends, even if they don’t have an iPhone. This app was created by Stanford students Nafis Jamal and Andrew He and is free to use.
  14. Qingwen Chinese Dictionary: This Chinese – English dictionary costs $4.99 and features over 100,000 entries. You can save word lists and dictionary entries and listen to a playback recording to hear word pronunciation. Karan Misra is the developer of Qingwen, and he graduated from Stanford’s iPhone developers’ course, too.
  15. Chores: Chores, an app developed by University of Mississippi student Deepak Mantena and now sold under the company TapeShow, is an easy task and chore manager that will sync with the soon-to-be-released Mac application Chores for OS X.
  16. Wordy: Wordy — also developed by Mantena and sold through TapeShow — is a vocabulary-boosting tool that generates new words and definitions as many times as you want (versus similar word-a-day tools).
  17. iStanford: iStanford is a revolutionary iPhone app that has immense potential for expansion as it changes the way college students navigate sprawling campuses. The free app, created by Kayvon Beykpour and Aaron Wasserman, uses GPS to help students find campus buildings and classes while connecting them to professors’ email, event schedules and campus news.
  18. Spacewalk 3D: This first-person vantage point game allows you to experience a virtual walk on the moon and through space. Developed by Texas State Technical College student Robb McMahan, it features 5 game levels and the opportunity to play from a third-person perspective. The app currently costs $1.99.
  19. iSteam: As Greek entrepreneur Konstantinos Eleftheriou postpones his graduate studies, he developed this striking app that turns your iPhone screen into a steamed-over mirror- or window-like image. You can blow on your phone to make it steamy, write and draw on the steam, play games, and write secret messages. iSteam has been reviewed in major publications all over the world and online, and was called a "genius" development by New York Times reporter David Pogue.
  20. iProcrastinate Mobile: Craig Otis’ free app is a task management tool that organizes your deadlines by color coding, subject groups and other qualifiers. Otis was a student at Michigan Tech when he developed iProcrastinate, when he was inspired by fellow students needing help organizing their homework.

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