Here’s a timely innovation for Ukraine at war: applications that help people facing life-threatening injuries.
But lately I haven’t heard so much, sure there are developments in accuracy of GPS, Exo-Skeletons (some of which are actually being pioneered up the road from my work at REX Bionics), Drones, gyros and accelerometers that we take for granted on our mobiles, actually it probably is a lot in hindsight, the tracks are sometimes a little less clear. For example did drones used for aerial photography start as toys or as military tech? Did 3D glasses, perhaps the forerunner to Google Glasses, start as military tools, or as high end video game devices. I tried my first pair at CeBit in Vegas probably around 20 years ago.
Anyway, this one is an obvious one that should be part of every Civil Defence kit IMHO. First aid information at the tip of your fingers along with the ability to contact emergency services and using the GPS, to locate the nearest hospital or emergency center.I think it’s great to have this developed by a mobile game company.
This does remind me that I have a great New Zealand Civil Defense application on my mobile which has recently been updated and I need to make the time to fill in some details. It has a DIY personal household emergency plan which includes a lot of information about disasters, your household, emergency numbers, how to set up emergency kits both for if you are stuck at home, or if you are forced to evacuate.
It allows you to also interface with friends, family and neighbours. It is a brilliant starter and the perfect app for your ubiquitous mobile. Of course it also receives alerts and if you are traveling to other parts of the country, you can select them (multiple) on demand and receive alerts for that region.
Mine currently says that I am 0% complete on my plan, which is a nice bit of motivational game mechanics. The good news is that as at 4 minutes ago it tells me there are no alerts in my subscribed regions. It also tells me about relevant events, for example there are regular training events available for the public, around the country. I suspect a lot of this stems from the Christchurch Earthquakes, when an app like this would have been fantastic, but of course only if people had installed it prior to an event that no one thought would ever happen to them.
Wouldn’t it be cool if the next step included a GPS buddy finder. Wherever in the world you are, I would hope that there is an app like this available for you and I would challenge you to find one, install it and set it up. When you have done that, challenge me and ask me if I have set mine up:)
If your app doesn’t have a buddy finder, check out this blog with 39 ways of finding people using GPS http://bit.ly/1Da7dRS which might hold the right answer on how to find your friends and family, something a lot of my friends and colleagues struggled with during the Christchurch earthquakes.
If you are in Auckland, you can get your CD app for free at http://www.aucklandcivildefence.org.nz/Alerting/Get-the-Applications/ It does cover all of New Zealand. They may be other specialized versions for other parts of the country and there is a lot more that could be included, but this is a great start.