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Angela Rucci has cleverly developed an app that is likened to an invisible shield. She calls it “Tego.” The name comes from the Harry Potter series in which “protego” is a charm used to cast an invisible shield around the wizards to keep them safe. Rucci wants to provide an additional way of safety, a way to walk your friends home. Angela is a senior computer science major at Ohio State where she was challenged to a 24-hour “hack-a-thon” where she came up with the idea.
From the article:
The concept of the Tego app is fairly simple: you type in where you’re going and who you want to notify — you can pick up to 10 family members or friends — and they will get a notification or a text that allows them to track your entire trip in real-time. There is also an option to send live video footage of your route or call the police if you feel unsafe.
“It’s just a virtual way to help walk your friends home,” said Mark Thorn, co-developer of the app. As for privacy concerns, Thorn said all of the data is encrypted and Tego only tracks users when it is told to track them.
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