iSafe SOS (Maps application helps you protect in road accidents by sending an SMS)
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
When out on the road on a motorcycle (or even just a street bike) the world becomes a dangerous place. There are hundreds upon hundreds of bigger, scarier vehicles all around you. And though you’ve got the upper hand in terms of mobility, you just never know who’s going to make your day tougher.
With that in mind, there’s a new application called iSafe SOS, from Arturo, that aims to help ease some of your pain. The title serves as an automatic safeguard, ensuring that if something should happen to you, your emergency contact will be notified immediately. For more information, read on below!
Concept and Functionality
At its core, iSafe SOS relies on one of the more ubiquitous hardware setups within the iPhone: It uses the accelerometer / GPS systems in conjunction. Essentially, the application will constantly track where you are, how fast your going, and how badly you’re “pitched”—not a euphemism for drunk there, we literally mean how much you’ve tilted over.
When beginning a journey on a bike, you simple tap the big green start button, put your phone in your pocket, and set off. The app will chug along, collecting data. Now, if you should suddenly stop and hurl your face into the pavement, the app will detect this, and immediately send an SMS of your location and emergency situation to your ICE contact. This is entered ahead of time by you into the app itself.
It’s seamless, functional, and surprisingly accurate. Sure, it may not be better than a good helmet, or keeping your eyes on the road, but when you get down to it iSafe SOS is better than nothing.
Design and Interface
This, we’re afraid, is where iSafe SOS begins to lose some points. You see, the app just isn’t that terribly well designed. It looks rather outdated, with its poorly made gradient buttons, brushed aluminum background, and tabbed navigational elements. Even the big green button of safety is a little poorly made.
All together, the app could use a serious makeover. In addition, though, we have to be honest: Would you trust iSafe SOS to save your life in a real accident? Many things could happen to your phone before it can send a message, and why doesn’t it call 911 to begin with? It’s still better than nothing, but how much does it really help?
At the end of the day, iSafe SOS is a novel concept with some very stark real world capabilities. The application does work (we dropped our phones as much as we were willing) and future updates could easily iron out the graphics.
It’s no LifeAlert, but then again, we can’t think of a better solution for your next roadtrip avec motocyclette. The price is a little high, but if you’re interested, it will never hurt to have iSafe SOS onboard.
iSafe SOS requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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