Absolut Vodka brings forth Buddy Check, an app that will keep all of your friends in check during a night out. The app uses A-GPS to pinpoint a buddy’s exact location and sends alerts when the person crosses a virtual geofence.
Night outs with friends always start out as fun but often end up with the frustrating task of herding all members of the clique. Some will take a quick trip to the restroom, some will stay at the bar forgetting about their company and some might just take a cab and make their way home without bothering to give a heads up.
The Buddy Check app is an interactive solution to this risky problem. The group starts off by downloading and activating the app. A simple tap of the phones will pair the devices and allow all members to see each other’s location. Throughout the night, the app will start asking you to do a “Buddy Bump” where you need to find a specific person and tap each other’s phone together. If you are able to fulfill the task within the allotted time, you will be awarded points. This is the occasional checking-if-everyone-is-OK in a fun game format.
See how it works here:
An additional feature is the Buddy Message that enables you to send messages to your friends. The app also has some friendly advice for a better night out (like a reminder for a drink of water).
When a session ends, all data are deleted and none are stored on the servers as a guarantee for privacy and security. The app is available for free at the App Store here.
This post was originally written by Leo Lutero for PSFK.