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Student-designed fortune cookie app hits iTunes market
A group of Ohio University students has released a free app on the iTunes market called FortuneMaster!
The app, which was released Oct. 8, lets users receive and create fortunes, which they can then virtually open after tearing apart the fortune cookie displayed on the screen.
The complimentary app is the first to be released on the market by LiveInteractive LLC, a company founded and run by OU students.
Sicong Li, a junior studying graphic design and the company’s founder and general manager, came up with the idea for the app after being puzzled by fortune cookies, which, unlike in the United States, are not popular in his native China.
After almost two weeks on the market, the app received more than 200 downloads, mostly from the U.S. and China. The company plans to have about 1,500 downloads by the end of the year, Li said.
Colleen Carow, director of external relations for the Russ College of Engineering, said the release of the app on iTunes was “exciting.”
It takes about a week for Apple to approve an app once it is submitted, said Taffie Coler, a senior studying computer science and a developer for FortuneMaster!
“You hold your breath for a week until it comes back,” she said.
At its start, the app created 100 pre-made fortunes. Since users are able to submit their own fortunes to share, this number has jumped to almost 250 fortunes.
LiveInteractive LLC comprises nine individuals, most of whom are still OU students. The company works out of the Innovation Center, which provides them with equipment and low rental fees.
The company has three shareholders, with Li as the majority shareholder. So far, the students haven’t made money from the app, but LiveInteractive LLC is hoping to acquire investors.
FortuneMaster! was originally made for the company to gauge its success and build a name for itself before the launch of its second app, LiveIn, which is set to be released in January.
LiveIn, which will also be available to download for free, is an event-making app that will allow users to create, send and organize events.
“We’re trying to focus on this product because we think it has a really good shot,” Li said.
As of now, FortuneMaster! is only available for iPhones.
“Cookies go stale, but fortunes last forever,” Coler said.