Our wearable of the month this September goes to Wearsafe! Wearsafe is a small, discreet clip that attaches to your clothing, purse strap, lanyard, or pretty much anything to alert your closest friends or family in case you are in danger. The device was designed primarily with female college students in mind, but it is also useful for joggers, hikers, travelers, and more. Their mission, as the creators put it, is to save 10 million lives in the next 10 years.
The project successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign in August, having raised over $106,000 USD and recently shipped its first orders just a few weeks ago!
How does it work?
Wearsafe is meant to be worn discreetly, and to be used in case of immediate danger. With the press of a button, the tag uses Bluetooth Low Energy to silently activate the accompanying app on your smartphone, and notify a select group of your closest contacts of your GPS location. The group itself can be customized based on your various needs, such as college friends, family, or travel buddies. Once activated, the alert starts a group text, allowing them to see your GPS location, how quickly you’re moving, and even feeding live audio from your end. The app can also call 911 directly from the app, if needed. Even if you don’t have your smartphone in your pocket, the device works up to 200 ft (70 m) away.
The clip itself is incredibly lightweight, 1.93 in in length, and can easily clip to any piece of clothing or to a lanyard worn around your neck.
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Why will it work?
Research shows that 1 in 5 women will be a victim of sexual assault and abductions…
It goes without saying that this device solves an important issue for females traveling solo, particularly late-nights around campus. “This product can prevent the unthinkable from happening,” Rich Staropoli, former United States Secret Service Special Agent, said about Wearsafe. “Research shows that 1 in 5 women will be a victim of sexual assault and abductions on college campuses during a typical four-year course of study. My daughter is going to college in the fall. This product should be on every college campus in America.”
Wearsafe recently shipped out its first devices for iOS, and will be ready for Android by the end of the year. They are also currently working on integrating the devices for smartwatches.
So congratulations Wearsafe, this award belongs to you for creating a device to help people us safer wherever we are and whatever we are doing!
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