Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Road ID app

I don't know about you, but my iPhone seems to have become an accessory that is within 10 feet of me at all times. Sad? Maybe a little. Sometimes I wish I didn't have a smartphone or cable or internet. I would be ridiculously productive. I'd probably do something crazy like read a book.

Anyways, despite how attached we've become to them, there's no doubt that having a cell phone with you is safe, especially when you're enjoying your favorite sweaty activity. In addition to having a Road ID on your wrist, there's now a great new app from Road ID that offers yet another way to be safe.


One feature of the app is that you can create your own custom lock screen for your phone (below). This allows a bystander or first responder to have instant access to any pertinent medical information and your in case of emergency contacts (you cannot actually "call" these numbers from the lock screen though).


The other feature of the app is the ability to let someone know when you are headed out for a run, ride, or just to walk the dog. You can allow these people to track you along the way with "eCrumbs" (electronic breadcrumbs) where your current location is updated every minute and your route is recorded along the way.


Your designated contacts will be notified via text message (they do NOT have to have the app) that you are going out for a run, ride, etc., and provided a link that can be used to track your location.


Another handy feature is that you can have an alert sent out to your designated contacts if your location doesn't change after 5 minutes (an alarm is sounded on your phone prior to this alert being sent out, so if you stop to chat with someone or take a pit stop you can cancel having the alert sent out). 

I think this is a pretty awesome app. Andrew and I have used it several times recently when he goes for bike rides while I'm at work. It gives me peace of mind to know where he is and that I'll be notified if anything awful should happen. This is one of those things that you hope you never have to use for its intended purpose...kinda like band-aids. 

Oh, and another awesome thing about this app...it's FREE! Check it out in the iTunes store here: Road ID for iPhone


Road ID did not ask me to say all of these nice things about their app. I just really believe in their products and mission. I think that everyone, athlete or couch potato, should have some form of identification and ICE contacts on them at all times. 

5 comments:

  1. Wow, that is awesome! Will go and check it out right away!!

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  2. This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. That is awesome. I am downloading it now and having my girlfriend do so as well!

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  4. Just wrote a blog post about this and mentioned your blog!

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