Microsoft's 'Hold' Security App Lets Users Feel Safe to Walk Home Alone

By: Cadhla Gray - Aug 14, 2015
References: blogs.microsoft & refinery29
Microsoft's annual 'Hackathon' inspired a new personal security app that presents a solution for those fearful of walking home alone at night. The app is called 'Hold' and it provides users, many of whom will be women, a feeling of safety.

Oftentimes, when a person is scared to walk alone they would like someone to know where they're going and the route they'll be taking. 'Hold' responds to this desire by tracking the user's location and sending this information to a reliable friend. To add to this sense of safety, the wrist wearable also gently vibrates, generating a feeling that someone is there to hold your hand the whole way home.

The security app was the winner of the "Wearables" category and was created in the Hackathon's first annual sub-event, 'HackForHer'. This sub-event fills a gap existing in female-minded technology design and is sure to inspire countless creative solutions.