An 82-year-old woman developed an app that caught Apple’s eye
Masako Wakamiya is not a Japanese as she spends her hours with her Mac emulating the vice by technology. This 82-year-old woman developed a mobile app that caused furor in her country and made her the oldest iPhone apps developer in the world.
Hinadan, a playful show inspired by the traditional Doll Festival, Hina Matsuri, which represented the members of the imperial court between the 9th and 12th centuries, was the trigger for Wakamiya to digitally recreate this Japanese celebration.
In the program, users should place their dolls in the correct place, so they have as much time as they want. The idea of the app is that it is not stressful for the elderly.
“I was very excited when I saw that what I had created worked, I simulated what I had planned, then I saw things moving and talking, I was impressed”, confessed the old woman.
Such was the effort of Masako Wakamiya who was rewarded this year, when she became the veteran participant at the Apple Developer Conference.
Until today Hinadan was consulted by more than 860,000 people and downloaded 42,000 times, but for its developer this is just the beginning. Masako plans to release versions of its application in English, Chinese and French to reach entertain the elders.