12-Year-Old Hopes to Thwart Kidnappers With Panic Button App

A middle school student from Texas has created a new app that will alert contacts when users are in trouble.
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A middle school student from Texas has created a new app that will alert contacts when users are in trouble.
SaveMePro

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Dylan Puccetti is a 12-year-old from Texas who has created an app that could save a few lives. The app, called SaveMePro, turns the power button on Android phones into a panic button.

When someone is in danger, they simply hit the power button eight times while the screen is locked. This sends a text messages to alert pre-programmed contacts that their friend or family member is in danger. 

“If I was getting abducted and I have my phone in my pocket, all I have to do is reach down and press the power button,” Puccetti told the Detroit Free Press.

Users also have the option to sign-up for a 99-cent upgrade that will also send the phone's GPS coordinates to contacts, to show the sender's exact location.

Puccetti was inspired to create the app when he heard about Jessica Cain's story, a teen who disappeared in 1997. His dad was friends with Cain and would talk about her often. Perhaps, as Puccetti said, "she needed an emergency alert button."

This isn't the middle schoolers first invention either. He already owns two patents, with his previous design being a device that helps baseball players learn how to pitch.

SaveMePro is now available for Android users at the Google Play store. 

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