Coffs Harbour engineer and AppAce Pty Ltd director Ian Kinny has developed the eButton, a new personal protection device linked to an app on a smartphone. The eButton revolutionises personal safety for Australians by using Low Energy Bluetooth technology to initiate a smartphone help app. One click on the eButton sends a request for help via SMS to the user’s selected ‘help’ contacts with the SMS also providing the location of the user with updates of the user’s movements.
Specifically designed for the user to discreetly request assistance in times of need with just one click, the eButton eliminates the need to use the phone or rely on voice communications during an emergency.
According to Mr Kinny, sometimes, it might be impractical to take the phone out of a bag or pocket, unlock it, and scroll through several screens to call, SMS or initiate an app to request assistance. The eButton device is useful for a wide range of target user segments from elderly persons living independently, and a person walking to their car or using public transport to backpackers, or teenagers at a party who may not call their parents for risk of being ridiculed.
Installed on a compatible Android smartphone, the eButtonApp allows users to select any number of people they trust to assist as ‘help’ contacts. The eButton works up to a clear distance of 20m from the owner’s phone.
Mr Kinny explained there was a void in the market for a portable and personalised safety alert device that could connect a user to their trusted contacts rather than a third party operator. The eButton is recommended for families to protect their loved ones, and companies or businesses to safeguard their employees, especially those working late or in remote regions.