Samsung Safety Screen, the latest app from the Korean smartphone manufacturer, is for all the parents out there who want the protect the eyes of their little ones.
Once downloaded and enabled, the app uses a facial recognition algorithm to calculate the proper distance a child should keep a mobile device away from their face. If the kid in question moves their device too close to their eyes, Safety Screen’s cute, multi-eyed mascot will appear on-screen, obstructing the screen and tell the child to move the smartphone or tablet away. Once the child has complied, the mascot will disappear, letting them go back to whatever they were doing before it appeared. Parents can add a password to the app to ensure their children don’t turn off its functionality.
The app is designed to help children avoid developing myopia, or near-sightsdnees.
According to a recent study, nearly half the world’s population will suffer from some form of Myopia by 2050. The significant amount of time we spend in front of computer and television screens is one of the defining factors behind what will become a major public health concern. “The projected increases in myopia and high myopia are widely considered to be driven by environmental factors, principally lifestyle changes resulting from a combination of decreased time outdoors and increased near work activities, among other factors,” says the report.
Since launching on the Play Store a couple of days ago, the app has garnered mostly positive reviews. At the time of writing this article, Samsung Safety Screen currently has a 4.1 star rating across almost 400 reviews. Thankfully, the app is compatible with all Android devices, not just Samsung made ones.
Download Samsung Safety Screen from the Google Play Store.