iEmergency – idea for an iPhone application?

During emergency a split second can make the difference between life and death. Are you sure you will be able to instantly access the proper telephone numbers on your phone? Whom to call? It could be life saving if you know the most important medical details. Do you remember or maybe even use the “SOS Talisman“? Why not add similar data and even more to the iPhone? We might have a good idea for an iPhone application, we named it “iEmergency” and we are curious about your opinion.

iEmergency is an iPhone application. The main purpose of this application is to help people in all sort of emergency situations like a car accident, heart attack, robbery, being drunk after a party etc.

The application contains a library of predefined objects called emergency situations. Each emergency situation will contain a set of actions. We can distinguish the following action types:

  1. Text note –  text message that can contain location, etc..
  2. Phone call – A telephone number with additional information why to call there and all additional important information
  3. Sms – A list of numbers
  4. Voice message – A list of numbers, voice record
  5. Show my location – Location from GPS (that can be attached to sms, text note etc.), Google map
  6. Media note – A picture, animation or video record
  7. Update social media account status – Send a status update to twitter, facebook, skype etc.

The user is able to manage emergency situations and actions through the settings area:

  • Change action parameters
  • Define new / remove action
  • Define new / remove the emergency situation
  • Add / remove actions to emergency situation

There will be one emergency situation dashboard that will appear at application startup: for example: “Help this phone owner”.

User interface
Each Emergency situation is a single dashboard (screen) and each action is a component on that dashboard.

User Stories
To show how a user could use this application in different situations we defined the following “user stories”.

1. User needs help in an emergency situation

  • open iEmergency
  • choose one emergency situation from the list
  • perform one or more actions

2. User sets up emergency situations parameters

  • open iEmergency
  • chose one emergency situation from the list
  • open parameters menu
  • add/remove actions from the list or choose “add a new action”

3. User changes action parameters

  • open iEmergency
  • chose one emergency situation from the list
  • open parameters menu
  • choose an action from the  list
  • change action parameters

4. The user defines a new emergency situation

  • open iEmergency
  • choose “add new emergency situation”
  • define emergency situation parameters
  • add actions from a list or choose “add a new action”

5.The user defines new action

  • open iEmergency
  • open control panel
  • choose “add new action” option
  • choose action type from the list
  • define action parameters

Examples of predefined emergency situations
Below you will find some examples of predefined actions based on the emergency situation.

1. Car accident

  • phone call: police
  • phone call: ambulance
  • phone call: insurance
  • phone call: taxi
  • phone call: home
  • take a picture
  • SMS: “I had a car accident – will be late”, etc.
  • media note: first aid animation

2. Help this phone owner

  • media note: owner picture
  • text note: information about the owner:
  • name
  • age
  • blood group
  • address
  • current medication
  • allergy information
  • phone call: to a family member (s) that needs to be informed
  • phone call: ambulance

3. I am drunk

  • phone call: taxi
  • text note: what not to forget about…

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