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This little boy created an iPhone application that's taken the world by storm. Check it out yourself.

9 year old genius Lim Ding Wen

Most 9-year-olds are playing with action figures and games but not kid prodigy Ding Wen from Singapore. This little boy keep himself happy with his favorite hobby: Writing computer applications.

His latest invention is an application for the Apple iPhone. It's a painting program called "Doodle Kids" which allows children to create drawings on an iPhone with different colored shapes, using their fingers to draw on the iPhone's touch screen. To clean the screen, just shake the iPhone.

Wen wrote the original application on his computer last year -- it took him just a few days! -- but adapted it for the iPhone only recently and two weeks ago uploaded the application online for iPhone users to download for free.

Since then, "Doodle Kids" has been downloaded more than 4,000 times from the iTunes Store, the online digital media store run by Apple, with more than 50% of the downloads coming from the U.S.

"I wrote the program for my younger sisters (ages 3 and 5), who like to draw. But I am happy that people like it," says Wen.

Wen's next move is writing a sci-fi game for the iPhone, which he named "Invader Wars."

He says he spends up to two hours every day working on his programming projects and to date he's completed 20 projects, including computer applications, animations and games.

His father, Lim Thye Chean, 40, the chief technology officer of a tech company, says, "He told me it was his wish to learn programming so I decided to teach him the basics."

Lim has written a similar paint program, called Simple Paint, which can be downloaded free from the iTunes store.

Most of the time Wen works on the projects alone with little assistance from his dad. However they have a small competition going to see whose program is more popular among downloaders.

"Every evening, we check the statistics e-mailed to us to see who has more downloads," says Lim, who adds that his son has always been good with computers - at the age of two, Wen could already use a mouse to click and select icons on his desktop at home.

Given we don't know that many children who use iPhones, but wow--talk about being accomplished! Want to try Doodle Kids? Click here.

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