GALVESTON, Texas -- A 12-year-old middle school student came up with a new mobile app that turns the power button on any Android phone into a virtual panic button.
"I hope it will save somebody's life," said Dylan Puccetti.
Puccetti thought of the idea for the app while riding to Austin Middle School with his dad. When the phone is locked and someone hits the power button six times, it sends a pre-written text message to several numbers programmed into the app.
"If I was getting abducted and I have my phone in my pocket, all I have to do is reach down and press the power button," explains Puccetti.
With a 99-cent upgrade, the message receiver will get a GPS map showing the sender's exact location.
Puccetti's father would often tell him about Jessica Cain, a teenager who disappeared from Galveston County in 1997.
"She needed an emergency alert button," said Puccetti.
Puccetti already has two patents under his belt. In fifth grade, he designed a device to help teach young baseball players how to pitch.
"His mind is always going," said Dylan's father, Michael Puccetti. "He's always thinking of great stuff."
The Save Me Pro app is only available on android; the Puccetti's say so far some 200 people have downloaded it.