When admitting that we rely more and more on technology, it’s no exaggeration. Yet we don’t have to sound so defeated either. iPhones, the Swiss army knives of the 21st century, help us navigate, understand, confront and immerse us in the world—but can they protect us from it?
Without being too morbid, in this article we outline ten apps that prevent or get you out of life-or-death situations.
It’s often hard to predict what scenarios men will find themselves in, but this one-stop destination for military handbooks covers everything you need to know about survival. From close combat training to firecraft, this app’ll keep you as safe from just about anything. $1.99
Sometimes “incriminating” pictures on your iPhone can get you in serious, perhaps even life-threatening trouble. To hide particular images and videos from snoopy spouses, download this dummy calculator that acts as a vault for all your naughty media. $1.99
How many times have you become lost in a forest or dark cave, barely escaping death, with only your lack of vision to blame? Fear not brave explorer, this app illuminates the gloomiest of passageways—now you’ll just need to re-orient yourself. FREE
Hypochondriacs rejoice! Now there’s an app to self-diagnose any ailment or injury from head to toe. This program, created by two ER docs, helps you tell the difference between the common cold and the latest epidemic, ensuring you seek out the necessary treatment for your aches and pains. FREE
Thinking of driving home after a long night at the pub? Think again. This app approximates your blood alcohol content by scanning your Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus. While we’re not sure what that means exactly, it has something to do with drinking responsibly, which is something we can get behind. $0.99
Type n Walk
Urban environments have all kinds of booby-traps: manholes, lampposts, pedestrians, cyclists and traffic. Even if you’re more than capable of multitasking, texting and walking can serve to endanger your life. This app allows you to see where you’re going while sending off important messages, ensuring that you remain communicative and mobile. $0.99
We’re uncertain how best to put this one to use: yes, warding off adolescent thugs or screechy preteens has never been easier. This app drills a high-frequency tone into their eardrums, while leaving yours free of aggravation. Use wisely, and remember to turn it off around playgrounds. $0.99
Knots are used to solve almost every near-death scenario: they tighten shoes, immobilize prisoners, or tie together bed sheets for an impromptu escape. But tying the wrong knot for the wrong task can leave you stranded. If you thought knotting a tie was the only expertise needed to be a man, think again. Become familiar with the Valdotain Tresse or the Klemheist today. $1.99
If you’ve drank past the point of no return, sometimes it’s hard to nail down a route home. On the worst of nights, it may even be impossible to figure out where home is. This app hails cabs in a couple taps, locates you using GPS and lets you charge to a preauthorized credit card. FREE
SOS Rescue Me
When an already perilous situation takes a turn for the worse, it may be time to admit you need a helping hand. A number of preset contacts receive a SOS text with your current location when you launch this app. You can also fake calls to deter oncoming goons, as well as use it to get out of awful dates. $0.99
What iPhone apps have saved your life before? Do you own any as a preventative measure?