RealHelp has been designed as an aid to help protect yourself during dates. Dates usually being encounters with strangers, they can end up being bad experiences – sometimes uncomfortable, other times dangerous. RealHelp offers assistance by getting your closest friends in on what’s going on.
The app, which features alerts that can be activated with a quick swipe, come in four tiers, which range from getting out of an awkward date early to being in a genuinely dangerous situation. Upon downloading the app, the user can add several close friends to be contacted in the event of an alert. If the user does send out an alert, those contacts can listen in on what’s going on in real-time. The app continues to broadcast that audio after the phone has been locked, so the phone can be left on the table after an alert has been raised without necessarily raising suspicion.
Users will also be able to transmit photos to their closest contacts, and chat with other people using RealHelp. If an alert is raised, those trusted contacts will have access to the user’s location, so they can go in to pick the user up if necessary.
It’s definitely not a cure-all (not that anything ever is), but RealHelp definitely seems like it has its uses, especially during blind dates or dates met online. RealHelp is also free and ad-free. That said, it relies on user donations to stay up and running, so you might want to toss a few bucks their way if you feel good about the service.