Local 9-Year-Old Develops iPad App

Whiz kid worked with Bala Cynwyd doctor on project

Some may have called Dr. Andy Kirschner of Bala Cynwyd crazy last summer for putting his faith in a 9-year-old self-taught computer whiz.

Kirschner tells NBC Philadelphia that he was talking about the development of a chiropractic application with friend when her son volunteered to help develop the program.

“He looked at me, and said ‘I can do that,’” Kirschner told NBC Philadelphia.

Kirschner handed a stack of video discs and a piece of paper with a plan to 9-year-old Jesse Friedman asking him to develop a new iPad application promoting techniques for back and neck care.

In early March, Kirschner’s faith in Friedman was justified when Back Together Interactive launched in the iTunes store.

Kirschner told NBC Philadelphia that when he saw the application, he was impressed.

“I was knocked out. I was really impressed,” he told NBC Philadelphia.


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The application features over 90 minutes of video detailing techniques that couples and partners can use on each other to reduce or eliminate neck and back pain, Kirschner said.

Friedman used several programs including:  Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Dreamweaver, Handbrake, and Phonegap to create the application.

But for the whiz kid, it wasn't any more difficult to create than he expected.

“The app was really fun to produce,” Friedman told NBC Philadelphia.

As for his future, Friedman hopes to create another application in the near future.

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