Have you ever felt uncomfortable walking home alone? Companion is an app that keeps a few pals virtually with you, without the distraction of actually being on the phone.
You choose your route, and the Companion will text a map to your chosen contacts. If you veer from the route, your headphones get pulled from your phone, or any other such distraction and don't confirm you're okay, your contacts are notified.
"We've been exposed to a number of different use cases that never even dawned on us," developer Lexie Ernst says. "We've seen parents and their school age children walking to the bus early in the morning while their parents are at work. We've seen people use it with their elderly grandparents who are going to the grocery store."