Does someone you love live alone? A parent? A child? Do you worry about them getting hurt, or even dying, and no one would know for days?
How about yourself? Do you live alone? What if you got hurt and couldn't reach the phone? What if you actually died? Would anyone know? Would it be days before anyone wondered why they hadn't heard from you?
It's a morbid thought, I know, but it's also a stark reality for millions of people.
I'm 56 years old and live alone. I have aging parents who live 1,500 miles away. I don't always talk to my kids or parents on a daily basis. It is conceivable that my parents, or I, could become injured, or even die, alone in the house, and no one would know for days.
This simple app is designed to notify someone in the event you are hurt, or worse, and cannot get to your phone. The app will prompt you if you are okay. If you reply that you are, nothing happens. If you fail to reply within the specified timeframe, your designated contact will receive a text indicating that you did not respond to your prompt.
The setup screen will allow you to specify how often to be prompted (in hours), how long you have to respond (in minutes), and who to contact in the event you do not respond. You can also disable the prompts in the event you might be travelling, or whatever. Your designated contact will be notified if the app is disabled. The contact will NOT be notified every time someone replies to the app. They will ONLY be notified in the event there is no reply or the prompts are disabled.
That's it. Simple and to the point. It is not designed to call emergency personnel or do anything other than offer piece of mind.
I am trying to raise $5,000 to cover the development cost of the app and to get it online. I will start with iOS (because I'm an iPhone user) and then develop the app for Android. The app will sell for $.99.
Risks and challenges
I don't know of any risks or challenges other than my inability to find an app developer for a reasonable price. Once it's available for purchase, the other challenge is getting it to sell.
I don't have expectations of becoming a millionaire from this app, but I do believe it could be a useful tool for many people.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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