This project's funding goal was not reached on February 1, 2012.
About this project
Hey, Everyone! I'm getting a ton of great questions, and in the next couple days I'm going to have everything answered in a concise, but specific and organized way, so I'm not doubling back and trying to answer similar questions several different ways. So in short, Thank you for asking, and A FAQ will be posted soon! And by the way, We're doing great! Please continue to help spread the word! And if you want to ask a question, please do it through kick starter. It will help me keep everyones correspondence organized.
Help! is an emergency smartphone app that, at the touch of a button begins recording audio and video while simultaneously uploading the footage to a remote server. When the server connection is broken (turning off the app, battery dying, etc) an email goes out to 1 or more addresses you have designated to alert your family, friend, lawyer, etc that there is a video waiting for them and that you may need help. This way you are never without an alibi, a witness, or someone who knows what's going on. The email comes with a message that tells the recipient you have activated "Help!" along with your location and a link to view or download the footage.
No one can steal your phone and destroy the evidence because it's already backed up and distributed.
Examples of intended uses:
Have a feeling something isn't right or you think some creep might be following you down a dark alley? Activate "Help!" just in case, until the danger passes. You can always call your emergency contact(s) and tell them to disregard the email.
Are you getting pulled over and want to make sure the law enforcement follows the rules? It's your word against theirs without "Help!"
Witnessing a robbery or hostage situation? "Help!" gives no visible indication it is activated unless you set it to.
At a protest and things getting out of hand? Help serve truth and justice without worrying that someone can get away with anything by confiscating or breaking your phone!
This App could save your life or keep you out of jail someday!
Everyone you love should have this app on their phone.
Once we hit our goal for the Android Market we will then set the next level for adaptation to the Apple Appstore.
If there are any rewards you would like to suggest we offer our supporters, email me at email@example.com
I am angry with you for not releasing this app as open source. Public review ensures that its more secure.
Since the data is just going to a centralized and then being forwarded to a recipients email, I don't really see how privacy is a concern. No one but the user of the application has any chance of seeing this data since it is all stored on a server without external management. Of course, a simple login/password system with SSL encryption would be required to protect the email addresses and settings of the user, but other than that there isn't much of a privacy concern.With such a simple architecture, the only real way it can fall into the wrong hands is if the user made some sort of error on their part. With that said, what is considered "wrong hands?" I don't see any use for this data by anyone other than the actual user. I am working with a couple of coders to build this app. One of them is a close friend (whose Resume is undeniable) who I have confided in with the various stages of the app as I envision it. The other is the company I am contracting to code the app itself. It's very likely that many of you out there know much more about programming than I do. But I have to go on the recommendations of the team I have built and trust to accomplish what I have set out to accomplish. I do apologize if this is at the cost your support.
Yes, I would love your support and would love to make it an open source app, However the nature of this application is one that puts security first. We have to respectfully decline for the general welfare of the users.
When someone has a gun to their head or is otherwise scared for their life, dealing with the internal psychology of tricking the person who is intimidating you with multiple passwords and otherwise making things more complicated can be dangerous. This app will be running undetectably as is and being able to tell someone there is no possible way to abort the message (should you choose to tell them they are "on camera") makes you safer. If you choose to "abort" you can always call or email your emergency contacts after the danger has passed. I would recommend not telling your aggressor they are being recorded unless you feel you must to avoid harm.
The trial version is just to learn how the app works, basically. You will be able to set the app up and try it with a 20 second recording that will be sent to your own email address. Once the user understands the app completely, the upgrade price will be $5.00 for unlimited record time and 5 email addresses. The consumer pays not a dime beyond that.
Yes, and thank you for all the great suggestions! Gotta walk before you can run! Let's keep it simple and effective to start and we will absolutely grow from there. I promise!
It's a secret. Privacy and safety are paramount. This app will do what it says simply, securely and effectively. For the average smart phone owner, thats good enough. If we come up with a brilliant smartphone app that does not have privacy issues to worry about by releasing as a GPL, You guys can play frankenstein with it all day long. I promise!
Good Question, Nothing. But they could still watch/listen to the footage if they wanted to be safe. I would probably know something was wrong if my wife or daughter called to tell me its a false alarm by their voice... i would also recommend a cancellation word with your contacts that you would use if everything was actually ok that you wouldnt use in a fake "abort" call. And the data stays on the server until its downloaded by all your contacts or a week goes by, whichever is first. Once I figure out a way to protect everyone in the world from bad people 100% infallibly I will make it ASAP!!!
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