Of course, there’s an app for almost anything now-a-days, but five University of Michigan students created an app that everyone with a smartphone should download.
The Companion App, as reported by Business Insider, allows users to request a friend or family member to keep them company virtually and track their journey home via GPS on an online map. The user can send out several companion requests to different phone contacts in case people are not available to be a companion or not with their phones at the time. Then those contacted get a text message with a hyperlink in it that sends them to a page with an interactive map showing the user walking to their destination. If the user goes off their path, is pushed, starts running, or has their headphones yanked out of their phone, the app detects these changes in movement and asks the user if they’re OK.
If the user is ok, they press a button on the app to confirm within 15 seconds. If they do not press the button, or a real emergency is occurring, the Companion app transforms the user’s phone into a personal alarm system that projects loud noises to scare criminals from the scene, and gives you the option to instantly call the police.
Although this app was originally created for students and Universities to use, Lexie Ernst (one of the app creators) says people from all walks of life want to use it.
“Both men and women from all demographics have emailed us saying they’d love to use the app. Lots of parents want to use the app for their children, and some people want their elderly parents to use it, too, to make sure they don’t get lost.”
Pretty amazing app, especially considering it’s free and the contacts you choose don’t have to download the app to be a companion.
Source: Business Insider