The smoke signal is one of the oldest forms of long-distance communication. It is a form of visual communication used over long distance. That's what a smoke signal is according to Wikipedia. The app "Flares by Flareworks" is kind of like a modern form of smoke signals. Instead of smoke users send digital signal flares to a contact or groups of contacts that let them know where they are and how they can find them.
The look of the Flares app is quite simple and yet it's very elegant. The screen has a starry night background and at the bottom is the button that launches the flares. There is also a pull up menu at the bottom that users can tap and get to their profile, help, feedback, and legal screens. That's pretty much it except for one last thing! The really cool animations they shoot off when you launch a flare. They are pretty amazing, like a real signal flare one would send up with a flare gun. One for every number of contacts in the group you are sending up. Also probably fun on the 4th of July I'll bet hahaha.
The functionality of the app is pretty simple and easy to understand. Users create a profile for themselves and then connect the app to their phone's contacts. After that users can send flares to other people by simply creating a new flare, choosing a contact or a group of contacts, and then swiping up on the screen from the button up. After that the flares shoot up and the app sends them out. The users receive a text message if they don't have the flares app. If they do have they app they receive a flare that shows them where you are on a map and how far they are away from the person who sent it. This can be used to tell someone you arrived someplace safely or where to pick them up in the future.
Overall I think that app is unique, simple, and very easy to use. I'm not sure of it's usefulness for everyone but I think for some people it could be very useful. Because of this and the apps appearance I give they app....
4 out of 5 stars!