App developers are finally starting to really take advantage of smartphones as full 'lifestyle devices'. We reported earlier about Apple's emergency application that helps users in crisis situations to save battery power and get information to 911 more easily. Now a new developer named SOS Link has stepped up to deliver another useful emergency app, and this one isn't just for the iPhone.
SOS Link's application, also named SOS Link, is designed to help document emergency situations and inform authorities when they happen. While the Apple app was primarily designed for things like car wrecks or medical emergencies, SOS Link seems to be designed more for use in detering criminal actions.
If you find yourself in a dangerous situation, just press the shortcut and activate the program. It will play a loud audio warning in English and Spanish to (hopefully) attract attention and scare away the assailant. It also begins taking continuous snapshots and audio recordings, which it immediately backs up on line at a secured database. It also sends this information to up to four emergency contacts, more than likely including the police.
Right now the app is still in testing. They're using the iPhone to test it, but the SOS Link will be released for other smartphone models as well. The iPhone, Palm Pre, and BlackBerries are listed by name but the app is being developed for “other smartphones” as well.
This is a really innovative idea for an application, and one that I think could end up saving lives. Getting good documentation during a criminal encounter is crucial, both for your security and to ensure that the perpetrator is caught. SOS Link can't be released soon enough.