Tuesday 27 September 2016

Samsung releases Safety Screen app to protect kids' eyes

Mark O'Beirne

Published 20/04/2016 | 12:18

Samsung
Samsung

Samsung has released the Safety Screen app, which will help to protect kids against vision damage when using phones or tablets.

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Samsung’s latest app, Safety Screen, is designed to prevent vision damage when phones or tablets are used for a prolonged period of time.

The app uses facial recognition to detect the distance between a display and the user’s eyes. If they’re holding the screen too close to their face, the app alerts the user with a popup and blocks a large part of the screen until they move it back to a safe distance.

While this app can be used by anyone, Samsung says that its aim is to prevent digital eye strain in children and teens. There’s a security feature that lets parents set up a username and password, which means that kids won’t be able to turn off the app themselves.

Safety Screen is now available to download from the Google Play store.

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