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Wearable Tech Blocks Sexual Assault

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New innovative wearable personal safety technology is helping the fight against sexual assault and rape on college campuses, creating a bold impact in women’s safety.

We recently revealed how the International Data Corporation (IDC) reported that there were more than 101.9 million wearable devices sold in 2016.

NBC News reports that the Intrepid Smart Sticker can detect if clothing is being removed on an unconscious victim and can alert emergency services of unwanted activity.

According to official figures, one-in-five women are raped or sexually assaulted while at college, and bold ideas like the Intrepid Smart Sticker are aiming to combat the problem with the help of technology.

“A victim is unable to stand up for themselves and we want to cater to those kind of situations,” Manisha Mohan, Intrepid developer, said.

The stickers connect to a smartphone app which can contact five people close to the victim in case of an emergency; 911 can also be added as a callout feature.

Intrepid is not the only company that is taking charge in the fight against sexual assault, especially for women. For example, the Roar Athena is a wearable that can alert trusted contacts with a person’s location and status. Another device, the Revolar Instinct, is a keychain-like device with a button to send for help. A few years ago, a nail polish brand called Undercover Colors released their wearable nail tech that helps detect the presence date-rape drugs by changing colors when dipped in spiked drinks.

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WYNT, a Hot AC station in Marion, Ohio, states that Dr. Annelise Mennicke has been working on sexual assault prevention for more than seven years. She says that although these devices may be helpful tools, it’s going to take more than this to end sexual violence.

“If we just shifted from how to protect a victim to how to we equip a bystander I think we could make some real progress to keep these crimes from occurring,” Mennicke said. “The technology can add peace of mind, but the responsibility of prevention is on everyone,” she added.

Smart and wearable technology has made leap and bounds in recent years, developing applications that often go beyond just being able to monitor a person’s physical performance and fitness. Examples include research into the treatment of diseases, as well as in maintaining health in general. The technology can also be used to improve education standards, entertainment experiences and everyday activities.

We recently revealed how the International Data Corporation (IDC) reported that there were more than 101.9 million wearable devices sold in 2016. This represented a growth of around 29% over 2015. It has been estimated that the market will grow even further and sell at least 213.6 million units by 2020.

This bold idea is not only a welcomed addition by industry experts around the globe, but is also helping to propel technology forward at a rapid rate in the quest to find the latest solutions to pressing issues. The Bold Impact of applying technology across industries has been proven to improve lives. The possibilities for wearable tech are endless and will no doubt prove beneficial all around.

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