Samsung has created an app called Safety Screen that forces users, especially young children, to hold their smartphones at an ideal viewing distance from their eyes. The free app is only available on Android and runs in the background, using facial recognition software to determine when a mobile device is held too close to the eye. When this happens, a “friendly” animation pops up and the screen is shut down. When the device is returned to the minimum recommended safe distance, about 25 cm but varies depending on size of screen, the screen will come back on. Safety Screen allows parents to set a password that can prevent chilren from deactivating the app.

– D. & J.


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