MayDay App Saves Lifes

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MayDay” is not another game, this application was created for the common good in hope of  saving lives.

MayDay” is an application that helps people on your designated list locate you. By using the iPhone sensors and multitasking abilities, this app, with a simple yet effective interrupt to avoid false alarm, can also detect an accident, and will automatically broadcast last known location to a predefined list of people (mom, wife, etc. )

If you are spending a lot of your time driving, if you are a motorcyclist, trucker or just a worried parent… this is the applications you want on your iPhone – let people know where you are and that you are ok.

What device would drivers have with them at all times that might be able to sense an accident, he wondered? That was easy: a cell phone. And how would the phone know when a driver was in trouble?

Given that Apple’s iPhone remains the hottest and fastest-growing mobile device around, Meidad Pariente – Israeli space engineer and creator of the MayDay app – began to delve into its specs. “I quickly realized that Apple had built this amazing piece of hardware with built-in GPS and very high-precision accelerometers,” Pariente says. Those accelerometers can judge how fast something – like a car – is traveling, and if there is a sudden change in speed.

The math is a little complicated. “A typical car accident is measured by an impact of 5G for more than 50 milliseconds,” Pariente explains. By comparison, the earth exerts a gravitational pull of 1G, while a fighter pilot can travel at speeds generating 7G of force.

Once Pariente knew he could measure when an accident had occurred, it was relatively simple to create an app that would send a message to a pre-determined email address or generate up to 50 SMS (short message service) messages to loved ones informing them there had been a collision.

Works anywhere in the world

Activated with a big on/off button, MayDay doesn’t send its message until 60 seconds pass, giving the driver plenty of time to turn it off if it’s been triggered in error. It makes quite a ruckus, flashing and generating a warning tone that makes it hard to ignore.

Another safety precaution: if the vehicle is going under 30 miles an hour, it won’t work. That can be adjusted in case a user wants the app to trigger during, say, a fall while walking or biking. Pariente developed this feature after a man who requires a defibrillator contacted him and explained that he really enjoys walking on the beach but, since he never knows when he may have some sort of disruptive heart incident, he always needs to take along a chaperone. MayDay has given the man a new sense of freedom, Pariente says proudly.’ (via Israel21C)

AppMayDay by Meidad Pariente

Compatible: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Category: Utilities
Released:  April 14, 2011
PublisherMeidad Pariente
Price: $0.99  (buy app)

Check out the PRO version thah includes text messages (SMS)
Price: $4.99 (buy app)

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