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The Latest in Wearable Tech: Personal Safety Accessories That Will Record an Attacker By Alyssa Bereznak

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omputerized watches a monitoring station. If the situation and bands are coming seems dangerous to the person to a wrist near you, monitoring the evidence, he’ll alert but soon wearable QHDUE\ HPHUJHQF\ FRQWDFWV DQG ÀUVW technology may do more responders to the situation and rate than inform us. It may also help keep the level of urgency as high, medium us safe. Mobile technology has been or low. slowly developing in the background You’d think false alarms would be that has the capability to record and track assaults, collect There are built in evidence and alert loved ones and heart rate monitors law enforcement. in both the Gear 2 As VentureBeat reports, a few (middle) and Gear Fit enterprising startups are now (right) alongside the working on discreet wearable new handset Galaxy assault-prevention technology s5 (left) in the form of jewelry and hair clips. First Sign, a three-person startup based in Scottsdale, Ariz., has probably the most comprehensive product of them all at the moment. The First Sign Hair Clip, a tiny accessory you can clip on your hair or clothing, knows when something shady is happening and sends for help. It works like this: The clip contains both a gyroscope and an accelerometer, which can detect physical assault — like slapping, punching, kicking or “aggressive shaking” — the moment it happens. inevitable, but the company insists Immediately, the microphone in that they’re rare. It also notes that the the clip turns on, and the First device is equipped to recognize regular Sign mobile app uses Bluetooth to physical activity (like running). access your phone’s GPS, camera The hair clip gadget is $50, and the and microphone to begin recording monitoring service will cost you $5 a the scene for evidence. If you haven’t month. I know worried mothers who turned the hair clip off after 15 would gladly hand over that type of seconds, that information is sent to money to know their daughters were

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safely navigating the streets of a big city. If you do, too, you should direct them to First Sign’s Indiegogo page. Perhaps the only real issue — as with most wearable tech — is that the clip is a bit drab. And don’t even get me started on the gaudy “fashionforward” additions you can clip onto

it for a few extra bucks. They look like VRPHWKLQJ \RX·G ÀQG DW WKH EDUJDLQ bin at Claire’s. So we might have to wait for Artemis, a jewelry line being launched by startup Sense6. This device syncs to your phone via Bluetooth and sends geolocation alerts to family members’ phones at the touch of a button. Like

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