A new application was launched that appears to be based on the logic of the Greek mother. It sends you messages to see if you are alright or if you got home in time. Even though we can’t imagine this app getting very far in Greece (we have our mothers for that) it just might be an amazing tool for people abroad whose families are not so overprotective.
The app called Kitestring pretty much imitates the behavior of a Greek mother, or at least it follows the stereotype. It checks in to see where the user is located and certifies that he/she is safe. In order for the app to work properly the user must first give a list of emergency contacts. Then, when the user reckons that Kitestring should look out for him, he informs the app of the fact, mentioning where he is going and when he will be back.
The application then sends an SMS around the estimated time of return in order to check that the user has indeed come home. The user must in turn reply to confirm that he did in fact come back and is not left in a ditch somewhere in the dark. If however the user does not reply, Kitestring will alert his emergency contacts.
It is of course possible for the user to inform the app that he has changed plans. However, the creators of this service haven’t found a solution to the application’s main problem. What will happen if the user is robbed and the thief takes his phone? It would be very easy for the thief to simply send a confirmation email to Kitestring so that no one will know that something is amiss. In any case, the application is a great way for hikers and people who go on long trips to be sure that if something happens to them, someone will care enough to call their relatives and alert a rescue team!