Australian authorities are using augmented reality to keep beachgoers safe. In partnership with Samsung, they’ve developed a mobile app that shows users where rip currents form and heavy rocks and shallow sandbars are in order to steer clear of them #mobilemagic
Lifesavers put vital information in the Pocket Patrol app concerning beach conditions every day, at the beginning and during patrol. Users can download the app and go to a special designated point to sync it and receive the latest updates.
Then, they simply have to point their phones towards an area and see if it’s safe to swim there or not. Besides danger signs, the screen will also show tips and strategies regarding these perils.
More than a safety app, Pocket Patrol intends to be an educational tool. This is why it’s accompanied by a 360 degree virtual reality experience showing what it’s like to get caught in a rip and what to do. This can be found on YouTube or viewed with Samsung Gear VR.
If the pilot phase is successful, Samsung wants to promote the app on other mobile platforms, too.