Help, SOS, or Alarm function?


#1

Is there an alarm function? Something that can discreetly notify all app users in the family that the relay holder needs help without speaking directly to it or obviously pushing a button. Like a keyword, “Help!” or “Capybara!” will signal the Relay to send a distress signal out?


#2

There is not, but it is an interesting idea for a future feature such as tap the button three times sends out your GPS location and and SOS to app users… In the meantime this is something that you could set-up with family members that they know if the get the word “Capybara” as the only word in a message from you, that’s your SOS.


#3

Thank you. If a future feature does present itself I hope discreetness is a major factor. If I’m being mugged or kidnapped I might find it hard to reach for my Relay and hide that I am using it (so it doesn’t get stolen or tossed to make the GPS ineffective). The consecutive pushes idea does seem like the most realistic way to currently use an SOS without a hardware overhaul. Pressing through a shirt pocket or jeans can be done rather discreetly. Thank you for your help!


#4

i’d like to see the alarm system work in the other direction too:
from the phone app, i’d like to be able to send the family version of the “emergency broadcast system” message. something to put the relay into “alarm mode” for a while.

this would be good in cases like:

  1. out camping/etc and the kids are wondering about, but it’s TIME TO GO perhaps due to an emergency/etc. especially relevant if service is spotty and voice communication doesn’t work well, but occasional control info can be sent successfully.
  2. if systems like google home and Nest Protect (smart smoke detectors) can be linked into the relay (e.g. via IFTTT.com or via the google home API). if a smoke detector goes off and the relay is at home, it can join in to sound the alarm, or if not at home it can even extend the alarm itself out to wherever we are (camping/hiking/etc)