My app-tastic Self Defense idea

My journey towards acquiring and reviewing which techniques are effective for beginners made me ponder. Are there any useful phone applications that pertain towards learning personal safety? I took the initiative to search amongst my Samsung Galaxy 4 to discover what apps roam through the Google Play Store and I found many. One that greatly stuck out was an interactive application, Learn to Fight- Self Defense, that lets the user learn all combat fighting techniques through a 3D character that you can control to demonstrate various punches, kicks, headbutts and much more. It reminded me that learning self-defense is a way to acknowledge the world can be a scary place but learning through this rather entertaining app really sheds some light towards transforming a scary process to improve defense techniques into a more fun learning experience. That very application made me brainstorm, what if I created an app similar yet a little bit better?

                                                         Introducing…selfieeeI created an interface design using the program, Proto.io which is a great resource towards creating a new or improved app idea. If you are ever traveling solo late at night or even through broad daylight in not-so-safe looking areas around town, what better way than to have a safety app? Selfie Defense allows you to interact amongst other users to post pictures and videos of techniques to be knowledgeable towards or even to post epic self-defense fails. This app would aim to bring a more socially educational yet entertaining aspect towards protecting yourself with the sense that, your not alone. So with this app, virtually you would not be walking alone. Here is another general idea towards other features I envision.

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Aside from the social side, this app would also contain a fighting guide in which users could interact with a 3D man or woman to demonstrate various moves in a more interactive way. You can also view other people that you follow to see what they are learning and how realistic their experiences towards different techniques come out to be. Lastly, what I feel would really complete the application is having personalized safety settings. The user can program the app to set off a loud alarm based on a keyword they input into that section of the settings. Whenever the application is running and they yell out the keyword, it will set off an alarm. Another setting would be to enter a set list of 5 emergency contacts in which the app will automatically send a text message of their location coordinates once the keyword triggers the alarm. To disengage the alarm, the owner of the phone would have to repeat the attack word. More advanced settings would be to grant the application to contact authorities once the keyword is hollered or to also take a series of photos to identify the assailant and email them to specifically selected emergency contact. It’s important to be safe but with this app, I would hope for phone users to feel safe.

Any tool can be used for safety. Get creative!

Here are some everyday tips to protect yourself from a world that does have some dangerous creepy crawlers lurking the streets. These may not be professional self-defense techniques I have found, however, they are some quick and easy reminders for those that have yet to practice and safety movements.

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Pun intended. Photo from ftense.com

As I stated in a previous post, it is important to have a firearm as one form of protection. This weapon of choice is for those that do have a CHL (Concealed Handgun License). Although it is quite an effective tool to ensure your personal safety, it is important to understand how to use it.

Another valuable alternative to carrying a hand gun is to at least purchase pepper spray. To safely use it, be sure to aim the mace directly at the assailant’s face. It is not recommended to run after the victim as I would hope many of you understand this could cause pepper spray to get in your own eyes.

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Overly excited man using spray. Photo from sodahead.com

Other substitutes for any ladies out there could be to carry a small bottle of hairspray because it is essential to even have in your possession as a girl. It’s a cosmetic thing. For both men and women another secret weapon that could be used as mace is to use any brand of Wasp and Hornet killer spray. So when roaming the dark and windy streets always remember, get creative! Because almost any item could essentially be used to protect oneself. If you don’t believe me, click here.