Friday, September 4, 2015

Companion Safety App - have a friend walk with you virtually to keep you safe

Learned about this app in a Business Insider article today.  It seems like a wonderful idea to keep people safe on long walks in the dark.

It was designed by college students, for college students walking across a dark campus at night.

The app describes itself as :
Companion lets you reach out to family, friends or your campus police and have them keep an eye on you as you travel late at night. Wherever you go, get there safely with a Companion! 
All you have to do is enter your destination and select some contacts to be your Companion. They don't even need the app installed. These Companions see a live map of your progress and get updates as you make it from Point A to Point B. If you start running, don't make it to your destination on time, have your headphones yanked out or your phone falls to the ground, we will check in on you to make sure everything is okay. 
If you don't respond in 15 seconds, we will automatically alert your Companions.

Please share with anyone you think would benefit from this.

Does anyone use these?  If you do,or you begin, could you give me feedback?  It seems like a great Family Tech column topic.

Android Version

IOS Version

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