Wednesday 20 September 2017

Samsung releases Safety Screen app to protect kids' eyes

Samsung
Samsung

Mark O'Beirne

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

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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