Best Phone Apps that are Changing Lives

These days everyone has a cellphone customized with downloaded apps. Some are games, others help you keep your life on track. Do you have an app that would benefit you in a crisis? How about an app that warns you where sharks are in the ocean? These are phone apps that are saving lives, will improve your well-being, and could possibly make you a hero!

PulsePoint

Application users who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and willing to assist in case of an emergency can now be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the app will alert trained citizens in the vicinity for them to come to the rescue.

Resuscitate!

Resuscitate! is the award-winning virtual patient simulator that makes learning medicine addictive! Resuscitation gives you a case presentation of a patient who is ill, and you play the role of the health care provider. You are in control and can take a history, perform a physical exam, develop a differential diagnosis and administer therapy to treat the patient’s underlying problem.

Global Shark Tracker

OCEARCH’s Global Shark Tracker lets you observe the navigational pattern of sharks that have been tagged with satellite tracking technology all for the purpose of shark conservation. If you spot a shark that isn’t on the tracker you can simply add it to the app. Your phone’s GPS will automatically input the coordinates of the sighting to warn swimmers in the area.

Be My Eyes

Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind people with volunteer helpers from around the world via live video chat. A blind person requests assistance in the Be My Eyes app. The challenge that he/she needs help with can be anything from knowing the expiry date on the milk to navigating new surroundings. The volunteer helper receives a notification for help and a live video connection is established.

Wakie

Wakie is a fun, friendly community of people who wake each other up in the morning. It’s a brand new way to wake up, made especially for those of us who hate the jarring noise of an alarm clock. When you use Wakie, you get to start your day with a smile instead of a frown!

Give Directly

The non-profit removes all the pricey middle-men from their operation and have their donators give directly to the recipients. Using phone technology people are able to transfer funds electronically to a family in need. By cutting out hefty costs of employees, large corporate facilities and overseas flights, more of your donation reaches the recipients.

If you could design a phone app that would help the world, what would it be?

Siya Zarrabi began his travel lifestyle at the age of 16, embarking on a four month solo trip to Paraguay. Since then, he has filled passports with stamps of foreign borders.

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