App to help reduce selfie-related deaths

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Oct 2018 09:00:59


 

NEW DELHI,

In this app, the camera does a real-time analysis of the image it is seeing and nudges a user if it infers a scene to be dangerous. The app will also work if the mobile data is switched off

SELFIE fads have often resulted in deaths and serious accidents but now there is an app that will alert people about the danger lurking around while they capture the perfect shot.


Researchers at the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology-Delhi (IIIT-Delhi) have developed the app called Saftie. “This app is an effort to reduce deaths related to selfies. This camera does a real-time analysis of the image it is seeing and nudges a user if it infers a scene to be dangerous. The app does this inference using deep learning techniques,” said IIIT-Delhi professor Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, who has developed the app.


The app will also work if the mobile data is switched off as it does an analysis of the height at which you are standing, the background of the image and many other features, he said.For instance, if you are near a railway track, a water body or if there is an animal behind you while you are clicking a selfie, you will get a notification saying you are at an unsafe place, he said.


Kumaraguru’s team has been working on developing this app for over a year and earlier had developed an Android app location marker under which one could tag a location as dangerous.