Define your legacy, calculate your heart rate and have fun with streaming live videos

“What will you leave behind?” is the query posed in a promotional video for If I Die 1st, a new project from the If I Die Facebook application. The purpose of the ad is not simply to ask profound questions, but to invite Facebook users to record individual messages, with the promise of World Fame to one lucky entrant.

It sounds like a pretty tempting proposition, but there’s a catch. The app will broadcast your personalised message across Facebook and other sites like technology blog Mashable, gaining you a global audience, but only if you are the first of its users to die. In addition to this rather unique competition, the If I Die app enables people to compose messages that will be sent to friends and family on Facebook after their deaths.

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To be utterly clear, the If I Die app has no morbid agenda. Quite the contrary, if CEO EranAlfonta is to be believed. Research for the app took place in hospitals and retirement communities, where there were a surprising number of social media savvy individuals contemplating their own mortality.

Back in May, we posted a story about an app called My Last Wish, which helped to connect users who had similar items on their “bucket list”. It seems that death is becoming less of a taboo subject in the sphere of social networks – according to, the If I Die application currently has over 200,000 users, although not all of them have yet chosen to compose messages.


Monitor your heart rate with your iPhone

Recording your last words on Facebook is a novel concept, but most of us are more focused on living long and healthy lives. Now there’s even an app to help with that – it’s Cardiio, and it measures your heart rate while you’re out running, by measuring the light reflected in your face. The app’s developers give the following explanation on their website:

“Every time your heart beats, more blood is pumped into your face. This slight increase in blood volume causes more light to be absorbed, and hence less light is reflected from your face. Using sophisticated software, your iPhone’s front camera can track these tiny changes in reflected light that are not visible to the human eye and calculate your heart beat!”

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Broadcast live video feeds directly to Facebook

Going to any festivals this summer? If the part you enjoy the most is making your friends jealous with all the pictures you upload to Facebook, you’ll be pleased to know you can now go one better. Broadcast For Friends, or BFF for short, is a new app from UStream which enables users to stream live video feeds from their smartphones straight to their Facebook page. Available for free on iOS5, videos can be recorded on either the front or back facing camera, with a number of Instagram-style filters available to give your film a distinct look.

Will you be trying any of these apps? Let us know in the comments.

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