First Sign Hair Clip Fights Crime With Fashion

Did you know that 35% of women worldwide have been the victims of violence from their significant others, or of sexual violence from a non-partner? I didn’t and it scares me. One thing women do to be proactive is taking self-defense classes, or studying martial arts, or carrying pepper spray… but most of those things assume you are attacked by someone you expect it from and that you see it coming. That is actually rarely the case. What happens if you’re walking down the street and someone attacks you from out of nowhere, rendering your self-defense moves useless? What if the person who attacks you is someone with whom you were recently cuddling on the couch, watching a movie?

This is the First Sign Hair Clip, and its aim is to not only register an attack, but reach out for help. It also records video and audio of the attack, which as you know could prove invaluable in a court case. But it just looks like a fashionable hair clip, so no one is the wiser until it’s too late. Each clip measures 12 x 40 x 4 mm (0.5 x 1.75 0.15 in), and comes with your choice of three different covers: flower, angel wing, and a customizable charm bar. It looks like you can also get it in plain black if you’d rather.

Here’s how it works: Each clip is fitted with a three-axis accelerometer, gyroscope and Bluetooth module, all of which work together to detect impact to the head. When impact is detected, it sounds an alarm and also sends data to the companion app. The app sends GPS data and recorded audio and video to a central monitoring system, while a pre-programmed voice says, “Help is on the way and evidence collected.” Apparently that voice is supposed to scare off your attacker. Not only that, but the app automatically dials emergency services and gives them the information, as well as emergency contacts you choose. It may not deter an attack entirely, but at least it will gather evidence that can help put your attacker behind bars.

The First Sign Hair clip is powered by a lithium-polymer battery said to last several months, which can be recharged through the microUSB port. The developers assure us it can tell the difference between accidental knocks on the head and an actual attack, but if it doesn’t, you have 15 seconds to reset the alarm before emergency services are contacted. It also has a panic button in case you need help but have not been attacked in a manner that would trip the alarm.

Currently, this project is seeking funding on Indiegogo, and they’re almost out of time. While you can pledge as little as $5.00 US to support the project, you’ll have to pledge at least $50.00 US in order to get a hair clip (that price does not include monitoring, only the hair clip and app; in order to get full coverage, it’s going to cost you at least $75.00 US). It’s expensive, but you really can’t put a price on your safety.


Source: Gizmag

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