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Safelet is one alarming bracelet


June 13, 2014

Safelet is designed to look like a normal bracelet, but it has the capacity to stop a violent attack

Safelet is designed to look like a normal bracelet, but it has the capacity to stop a violent attack

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Sexual violence is sadly still a problem facing (mostly) women in countries around the world. The statistics regarding the number of cases is shocking, but the effect that it has on all women, whether victims or otherwise, is likewise depressing. Safelet aims to make the world a safer place, and foster a feeling of security for people wearing this "alarming" (in both the figurative and literal senses) bracelet.

Safelet, created by Dutch company Everfind, is a simple safety bracelet which allows the wearer to send out an alert whenever they feel that they're in danger. It can be activated a lot quicker and more simply than using a mobile phone, and offers important information to those on the receiving end of the emergency alert.

The initial setup involves installing the iOS or Android Safelet app and pairing your Safelet bracelet with your smartphone. You then choose your preferred level of security – friends and family, the wider Safelet community, or the police – and invite "guardians" to contact.

When the wearer does encounter danger, activating Safelet is also a simple process. You simultaneously click the buttons on either side, which immediately sends a message detailing your exact location to your guardians via your smartphone. At that moment, the microphone built into Safelet will also start recording, which will be relayed to the police if you have selected that level of protection.

While Safelet is being marketed mainly at women, there would be nothing to stop men owning one and using it if and when they become a victim of crime.

The production of Safelet is currently being funded through an Indiegogo campaign, with US$99 enough to secure one when and if they reach production. This is $30 less than the final retail price, and includes free shipping worldwide.

The video below is a short animation showing how Safelet works by using a community of guardians to help those in need of assistance.

Source: Safelet via Indiegogo

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Dave Parrack Dave is a technology journalist with a ravenous appetite for gadgets, gizmos, and gubbins. He's based in the U.K., and from his center of operations writes about all facets of modern and future technology. He has learned more in his five years writing for the Web than he did in 11 years at school, and with none of the boring subjects thrown in to the mix. All articles by Dave Parrack
1 Comment

Looks like it could double as a "fallen and can't get up" device. I want one for my mother -- but that "if and when" deters me. If it were available today, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. Guess I need to google to see what else is available.

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