'Die with me'

Die together in a chatroom on your way to offline peace.

The market is so crowded these days that for a new competitor to even get noticed, they’d have to come up with something completely new.

Enter “Die With Me,” a fresh chat app that can only be used when your smartphone has 5% or less battery remaining.

Die With Me allows total strangers with low battery to log into an online chat room and converse as they wait for their hand-helds to shut off completely.

Or, as the developers so poetically put it, to “die together in a chatroom on your way to offline peace.” Using Die With Me requires nothing more than choosing a username and allowing the app to read your battery status.

The idea behind the strangely poignant app was to turn the frustrating experience of dealing with low phone battery into a positive one.

“I have to travel a lot to speak about my work at all sort of conferences,” the app’s co-developer said.

“I was in a city that I didn’t know on my way back to the hotel, and my phone battery was low. I was really stressed about this as it was already turning to night. At that moment, I had the idea for an app that you can only use when you have low battery. But I didn’t know how it would work until we came up with the idea of making it a public chatroom.”

“We wanted to do something positive with a low battery,” Depoorter said. “Now we see people happy with a low battery, having low-battery conversations.”

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