This wearable helps its users feel more safe by contacting up to five emergency contacts+
Clip-On Panic Buttons with GPS
I’m a big fan of having a panic button that you can clip on your clothes or other items that is easy to activate if you feel threatened. When we are in stressful situations it is hard to think straight. Trying to open your phone and activate a panic button is not always practical and attackers could grab for them before you get that far. This is especially true for runners when phones are in pockets or in a neoprene sleeve.
Best Case: Friends and family do a great job figuring out if you need help and where to send the police if you are in danger.
Uncomfortable Case: You hear footsteps close by at night, press the panic button and the alarm sounds as expected. Not expected, the footsteps are attached to your Chemistry Professor and he is passing you on the way to his car. “Ahh, sorry, see you in class on Wednesday morning.”
Worst Case: The attacker doesn’t care that you have a really loud alarm screaming from your waistband because you are in an area where no one can hear it. What he doesn’t know is that you just sent your GPS location to your inner circle that will send help.
Why I like them – You’ve heard me say it before, I like using any means you have to draw attention to yourself and the clip on panic alarms help you do this with the added kicker of sending your GPS location to friends and family. In some cases even a third party monitoring company. These products also provide extra eyes and ears when you are feeling uncomfortable in a situation – think walking home alone. During these times users are being very vigilant about their surroundings. I love that we can take our safety into our own hands and realize sometimes we need some back up.
Why I don’t like them – I’m not a big fan of fully relying on friend and family to send help. Some instances would be if the user gets trigger happy often and our network just starts ignoring the request for help, or that your network doesn’t have their phone handy at night to hear the request. It’s better than just an audible alarm hands down. I’d suggest getting an active group of three to four roommates or friends to use this service and practice using it often for a couple months when you first use the app to get super comfortable with how it works and to make using the app a habit. Then set rules on when and why you will use the device so everyone is clear on what is an emergency or a reason you may need help.