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This Andoid app can give you company when you walk alone.

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    Default This Andoid app can give you company when you walk alone.

    There is an interesting Android app called "Companion" which works as a companion for those who walk alone. This useful app has been developed by five students of University of Michigan. Using this application your friends / relatives can virtually follow you on your way back home using GPS.

    The application uses phone's sensors to detect any abnormal movements like running. In that case the app will ask the user to confirm if he is OK. If nothing is done in 15 seconds, it will go to alert mode with siren like noises and also display a button to call the police. Everything will be notified to the friend / relative on the other side so that he can do the needful.

    Have you ever used this application in your Android mobile?
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    I've never used the app, or even heard of it until now to be honest but I think it's not a bad idea. There's plenty of apps around at the moment that aren't really worthwhile, so it makes a change for someone to develop an app that might actually bre useful.

    Wether it works or not is a different matter but it definitely sounds like a good idea to me and I don't see why I couldn't work.

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    Alright, this is a really good app I have to say... It's really innovative and it's using the new technologies at it's best! It may seem ridiculous at first but if you put it in practice it's actually really good in certain situations! For example if a kid uses to walk home after classes and his/her fathers wants to track it's way home and make sure that everything is fine they just need to install that app on their son's device and activate it everyday! Do you know if this is a free application?

    Other situation that might reveal to be good for this app is woman that walk home at night after work for example, and woman that tend to take long walks in dangerous places and dangerous countries! Maybe the creators will become rich with this app! :P

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    Yes it is a very useful application in the present day scenario. It may be useful for males and females alike in dangerous situations. I think the developers are trying add more user friendly features to this application which makes the system respond more intelligently. They are developing something by which the program can identify the user so that others cannot do anything with it.

    I think the only drawback I noticed was the fact that you need to to take the phone out and that much of delay is enough for an attacker to snatch the phone away.
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    As regards to having to take your phone out, these days the smartwatch seems to be the next big thing, so if you have a smartwatch, maybe the app could run across both devices so then you wouldn't have to pull your phone out?

    That could be something the developer could look into in the future?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pwarbi View Post
    As regards to having to take your phone out, these days the smartwatch seems to be the next big thing, so if you have a smartwatch, maybe the app could run across both devices so then you wouldn't have to pull your phone out?

    That could be something the developer could look into in the future?
    Smartwatches are stupid and in my opinion won't succeed. The only way they can succeed is being used as gifts. But if there are enough people (people that like to spend money in useless stuff, like smartwatches) in the world that will feed the Smartwatch market, maybe they will do the app for the smartwatches, and yes, that is indeed a very good idea!

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    Wow, this seems promising! @webworld thanks for sharing such a useful app my friend. If the apps works like it's described above, I thinks it's going to be the most downloaded app on the playstore. I'm going to install this right now.

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    Don't get me wrong, I'm not a smartwatch fan myself and I think they're just a gadget that people will soon get bored with but...having said that I know they're popular with a lot of people so if that trend continues then developing the app for that device would be an idea for the developer's in the future.

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    I don't feel any use of smartwatch i my life, to be honest. Smartphones are enough to fulfill my needs in the real world. There are many big players who have launched their smartwatches such as Apple, Motorola, Samsung, Asus etc. But, I think this trend is going to end soon.

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    When smartwatches were first introduced I thought at the time it was just a fad, and I didn't see the point of them. For them to work you have to have your smartphone with you as well so I didn't understand why people would want to have two devices that did pretty much did the same thing.

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    Maybe some people would use it for some 'show off' stuff, but I don't see any point to use a smartwatch along with a smartphone. I mean why would I need a smartwatch if I could get all those things done with my smartphone . I thinks its going to be a flop in future. Anyways, to each his own!

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    What an essential virtual companion indeed. Its good to hear that there are still some useful app that specializes human protection aside from entertainment. I haven't tried this app yet but I probably browse some reviews about it. Thank you for sharing @webworld.

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    I think it does make a change for an app to be developed that's actually useful rather than just for fun. The developers need to be commended for at least coming up with an original idea that focusses on safety instead of just making something that's profitable.

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    Till now, I have seen any significant use of a smartwatch in my life. I mean it has some sort of features which are already available in the present smarthones, and using a smatwatch along witb a smartphone wouldn't be a good idea to me. Anyways, its just my opinion and I don't find this concept appealing to me.

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    I understand the reasoning behind it. Instead of getting your phone out of your bag or pocket, you can just look at your wrist and use all, or most of the functions from there instead so the idea on paper is a good one.

    In practice though I have a few friends that bought one but soon stopped using then and either sold them on or took them back to the store, so that tells me not to bother.

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