The tragic, unexplained death of Britt Lapthorne has “inspired a Melbourne man to develop an iPhone app allowing people instantly to notify loved ones if they are in trouble anywhere in the world,” Asher Moses reports for The Sydney Morning Herald.
“The app, called ‘i am Safe,’ works like a panic button in that it is programmed to send recorded voice, SMS and email messages to a predetermined list of five family and friends once activated,” Moses reports. “A Google Map is also provided to track the user’s location. ‘So as soon as I fire it off, it triangulates my position by GPS and it then keeps tracking me constantly,’ developer Tim Hine, 64, said. ‘It also then records an audio file of everything that’s happening around the phone at that time and it stores that on our server at the back end for future reference, for instance, if police want it.'”
“The app will initially only be available to iPhone users but will soon be ported to other platforms including Google’s Android,” Moses reports. “The app costs US$2.99 for now but will soon change to US$6.99. Hine was adamant he did not intend to profit from Lapthorne’s memory and was in fact hoping his app would prevent further tragedies.”
Full article, with more info about the Lapthorne tragedy, here.
MacDailyNews Take: There’s no shame in profiting from a very good idea that very well may help prevent future tragedies.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “James W.” for the heads up.]