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Kitestring: A Safety App Even Your Mom Will Love

kitestringKite strings – they let you hold onto kites, but they also let you pull them back. It’s a great name for an app that essentially helps others know you’re safe during late night walks.

The KiteString app is actually a mobile friendly web app. All you have to do is set up your emergency contacts, tell the app how long you’re going to be out, and checks up on you after that specified time, using SMS. If you go ‘off the radar,’ the app will notify those contacts. It’s simple, and it’s really nice for loved ones to know you’re safe.

The app is perfect for college students, teens, or even journalists working in dangerous regions. It works just like LifeLine, albeit much cheaper. It was created by MIT graduate student Stephan Boyer who has generously made it “free as in freedom.” The code is also open source!

Be sure to check out the FAQ for more info:

Do my emergency contacts need to confirm their phone numbers?

No. Your emergency contacts don’t even have to know that they are your emergency contacts (though we think it might be wise to tell them).

What if my phone runs out of battery?

You won’t be able to check in with us, and we’ll notify your emergency contacts (as we normally would). The basic notification service runs on our servers

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