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Need to know if your friend's infected with the zombie virus? There's an app for that

There you are, caught in some sort of zombie outbreak, from a localized incident with a few ghouls shuffling around to a full-blown zombie apocalypse. Your buddy's sporting an ugly gash on his arm and you're a little worried. Sure, he

says

it's just a cut that occurred when he fell into that fountain in the mall, but you have your doubts -- and you need to know for sure he hasn't been bitten.

Enter the Zombie Survival Guide Scanner iPhone App.

All you do is point your iPhone camera at the suspected infected's face, line them up in the scanning sensor and hit the button. In seconds you'll be told if they are infected and how far it's gone -- and you'll see that info represented as a chewy, face-shredded representation of your once-friend, soon-to-be zombie nemesis. Then you can save it, and more importantly, share it, in case you get eaten before you can warn your comrades of the menace in your midst. See the video below for a demonstration:

Okay, in truth you shouldn't rely on this in case of an actual zombie outbreak (rely only on your wits, a machete and perhaps a shotgun in that case), since it's a gimmick to promote Max Brooks's series of zombie books -- The Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z and the graphic novel The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks. But considering those are some of the most important works in the zombie canon (if you haven't read them, stop what you're doing and get to it), that it's a free app and that you can use it to make grotesque zombifications of your friends and family, even while on the go, it's still a must-have app. Get more information and a link to the app on the iTunes store from the Zombie Survival Guide Scanner website.

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