Monday, September 24, 2012

Essential Apps for Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse



5 survival tools to help you face a real brain-thirsty army of living dead OK, so I just finished watching season 2 of The Walking Dead so I’d like to think I’ve learned a lot about what to do and what not to do if I ever found myself smack in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. For instance, I’ve learned that if zombies should attack, luring them with sound (i.e., for instance a gunshot) into a gas soaked barn and setting it on fire can help your chances of escape (smart thinking Rick). While I’ve also learned that even if a zombie is stuck in the mud, you do not, under any circumstances, throw rocks at it (I’m looking at you Carl).

However, the fear and chaos that would go down if you were facing a real brain-thirsty army of living dead would call for some serious survival knowledge back up. For instance, those living in a society overrun by flesh-eating zombies would require tools to detect other zombies, safe zones, food, first aid knowledge, and survival skills to live in remote locations and find shelter until government scientists found a cure.

Therefore, I’ve put together the following five essential apps to help us all, heaven forbid, survive a zombie apocalypse…

1. Motion Detector Pro (Free – for Android)

The Motion Detector Pro app is essential when you don’t know if you’re encountering man or a brain-hungry zombie. Simply launch the app and your phone’s camera will scan an area and detect any motion whatsoever. If motion is detected it will raise an alarm and snap a quick photo of what it saw so you can run and take cover and view the image to clarify whether it’s friend or foe.

2. U.S. Army Survival Guide (Free – for Android)

No one knows survival like the U.S. Army and when it comes to being “all you can be” during a zombie apocalypse, this app offers practical survival tips—ranging from finding a clean water source to physically surviving a catastrophe and from living in the outdoors to tips to catalogue oneself from enemies, in this case flesh-eating dead walkers.

3. Twitter (Free – for Android and iPhone)

The world has gone to heck, but if phones are still up and running) you can count on Twitter to tell you what’s going on—and fast! Once the news networks go dark, you can look to Twitter as an up-to-date, accurate resource to help protect your family. Use the popular social media network to locate safe-haven, stay clear of high outbreaks areas, and reconnect with friends and family.

4. Glympse (Free – for Android and iPhone)

If you’re trying to ban together as a group of survivors to build a new life, the Glympse app will be your ally, helping track your location for up to four hours as well as the location of fellow family or your team members. I can already see the benefit of this app if you happen to get swarmed by a zombie heard and separated from you group. Your loved ones can launch the app to monitor your location remotely or vice versa with a collection of T-Mobile Android phones used as tracking devices.

5. ZombieBooth ($0.99 – for iPhone)

The question that comes to mind for me, if there should ever be a zombie day of reckoning, is how can you identify humans from zombies (or humans that have been infected by a zombie bite)? The Zombiebooth app might be just a fun, novelty app at the moment, but if the day comes when zombies are trying to eat your brains, it might be the key to your survival. Simply launch the app and snap a photograph of the person in question. The app will turn their likeness into how they would look when infected so you can compare visuals. If they have been infected…you know what to do to protect yourself and your family…

Bio: Jane Johnson is a staff writer for GoingCellular, a popular site that provides cell phone news, commentary, reviews and more.

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