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Websites We Love: The Companion App

Military spouses are home alone, a lot.

Wouldn't it be nice to have someone walk you home at night while your spouse is away?

A new app created by five students from the University of Michigan does just that.

The Companion app, lets users to request a friend or family member to keep them company virtually and track their journey home via GPS on an online map. The friend or family member can participate even without installing the Companion app, which is available for both Android and iOS.

When you receive a request from someone using the Companion app, you will be linked to a an interactive map that allows you to see them moving along their path in real time. If the person lingers too long, runs or veers off the path, you will see it.

But, the friend or family member isn't the only one watching. The app can also sense a change in direction, speed, whether the user has been pushed or their phone been taking. The app will ask if the user is ok. If they are, they confirm by pushing a button within 15 seconds.

If there is no confirmation, the app emits loud noises to potentially scare away animals or criminals and gives the user the choice to call the police.

While the app will never stop bad things from happening, it may get you the help you need quicker. And, it's always good to know someone is watching your back.

Read more about the Companion app here:

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