BreakingModern — Technology may make our lives easier, but we don’t often think of our mobile devices and wearable trackers as something that could save our lives. With the right tools, however, we can safeguard ourselves in a variety of ways. In addition to the many apps that alert you to impending weather dangers, there are quite a few apps that can protect you from health dangers and criminal activity. Here are three of the most notable.
Have you ever found yourself in a deserted, dark alley with no idea what might be lurking behind the next dumpster? StreetSafe is designed for those types of situations. The app is available free for both Android on Google Play and Apple iOS and has two modes. One mode, activated by a green slider, will connect you to a StreetSafe representative who will remain on the line with you when you might be in danger. At the first sign of a clear threat, the advisor will alert 911 to dispatch someone to your location.
A second option, activated by a red slider, instantly sends a silent alert to StreetSafe to alert 911. In addition to using your phone’s GPS to determine your exact location, StreetSafe stores a photo of you, your age and your physical description so that the authorities can find you quickly.
If you can wait until July, the Articheck Assure tracking band will provide 24-7 surveillance of your health. The tracker uses a capacitive sensor that checks a wearer’s temperature and movements. Additionally, the band is set to watch for specific behaviors, such as a sudden impact followed by a lack of movement.
In addition to its built-in sensors, the Assure band has a manual function. If at any time you need help, you simply squeeze the band’s buttons and the Assure system will alert first responders in the order you specified. Medical details and special needs will be sent to the responder so that they have all of your information when they arrive.
Nearly five million people are treated for skin cancer every day in America, and the numbers have increased significantly since 1992. Consumers are urged to regularly watch for signs of skin cancer, but it can be difficult for a layperson to know the difference between a regular and irregular mole. SkinVision, for free, allows both Android and iOS users to upload photos of moles and other spots, which are then assessed by a team of dermatologists and scientists.
If a mole looks suspicious, the team will usually recommend that a medical professional check it out. The app uses a science called fractal technology, which measures skin patterns in a mathematical way. While the app is no substitution for a professional opinion, it’s a great way to determine whether a visit to a dermatologist is merited.
As technology continues to evolve, consumers will likely find they’re able to safeguard themselves in a variety of situations. Each of these apps is useful, not only for the potential to save your life, but for the peace of mind they can offer by simply having them on hand.
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