It doesn’t matter how old you are, walking alone at night can be… spooky. There are any number of hazards that could be going through your head as “potential risks” and when you’re alone with your deep, dark thoughts, those distractions can leave you vulnerable to what’s right in front of you. When you’re not paying attention, that’s when things can get… murky.
And a friend isn’t always ready to leave the party, or available to walk you home. That’s just a reality. But they can be your lifeline with the app Companion, which connects you with a friend on a solo stroll home. Your friend is able to track your location, and even see when you have arrived home safely. They can even talk to you. Meanwhile, the user has two buttons they could press: “I feel nervous” or “call police.”
But that’s not all. You can plug in more than one “companion” for your trip, and the app is super-intuitive. Basically, if your phone’s built-in sensors pick up any deviations in your path, or it notices you’ve begun running or have fallen, the app will notify your friends. And it gives them the option to ask, “are you okay?” If you do not respond in 15 seconds with “I am okay,” an alarm goes off in an effort to scare your potential attacker.
So, basically this is a very cool app and useful to pretty much everyone. Yes, even this girl.