Have you ever called your mom to stay on the line with you while you walk down a dark alley at night? Or tried to make sure you walked on the lighted side of a street? Or strategically planned a new date with that guy from OKCupid around a crowded area, lest something go horribly, horribly wrong?
A new app, Kitestring, aims to change that by allowing you to set an alert on your phone that will notify your loved ones when you don't make it home safely.
You punch an emergency contact into the app and notify it that you're going out. Let it know where you are and when you expect to return home, and Kitestring will text you at your requested time and make sure you're okay. If you don't respond, the app then messages your emergency contact to let him or her know that something may be wrong.
I can see a few problems with the app—there's always a chance you could fall asleep when you arrive home or your phone could die and you won't be able to actually answer the check-up text from Kitestring, causing false panic (sorry, Mom!)—but I think the overall aim of Kitestring is a good one. It's a mobile web app, which makes it accessible to all types of phones, and as TechCrunch explains, it doesn't require the user herself to send the text, so in the event that something does happen to you,and you're separated from your phone, theoretically you still have a line of defense between you and your attacker.