Fry helps boost sales of ex-lecturer’s app

Stephen Turnbull inventor of the Mem,neon iPhone app
Stephen Turnbull inventor of the Mem,neon iPhone app
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AN iPhone app invented by a redundant college lecturer has had its sales boosted by television brain Stephen Fry.

Sales of Memneon, a brain training application invented by Stephen Turnbull from King’s Road, Bury St Edmunds, took off after Mr Fry said how good it was on Twitter.

Logo for Memneon iphone app invented by Stephen Turnbull

Logo for Memneon iphone app invented by Stephen Turnbull

Mr Turnbull has been dabbling with the app for about a year but said being made redundant from his post as a teacher training lecturer at West Suffolk College gave him the spur to make something of it.

Memneon is a memory brain teaser where players briefly see blobs called Neons on a seven by seven grid and recreate their layout against the clock. It gets progressively harder.

“I’ve got a creative design background and have experience in short film, making but I don’t have any coding (programming) skills,” Mr Turbull said. “I had the idea and did the design and partnered with a Cambridge firm called Nphonix who did the coding.

“I have other app ideas, not just games. I’m interested in utility apps, too. I’m also setting up a consultative arm to advise people on getting apps made, if anyone has any ideas.”