MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Start-up companies are creating fashionable gadgets that will sound the alarm if you find yourself in trouble.
The new bracelet is more than just an accessory for Rachel Frederick.
“It’s very wonder-woman like,” Frederick says.
There’s a computer chip hidden underneath the cuff bracelet that is touch-activated. Rachel is able to send alerts to family or friends using her secret crime-fighting tool.
“You press your cuff and an alert goes out to the people you designate as your first responders in our app and they get your location in case of emergency.”
These wearable security devices have functions specifically designed to keep you safe.
What may look like a hair clip contains sensors that automatically detect physical assault and sends for help.
“Anything that’s your normal routine won’t set off the alarm. But anything associated with the violent crimes will.”
The smart clip also collects data that can help in criminal investigations by activating your phone’s G-P-S, camera, and microphone.
There’s no charge to operate the products, but you do need a smart phone and a signal for them to work.
C-Net Senior Editor Brian Tong says wearable security is so new that the jury’s still out on it’s potential success.
“How much technology people are willing to wear and actually purchase has still yet to figure itself out,”
Of course there’s still no substitute for common sense when it comes to safety.
“As a user you can’t depend on technology to keep you safe. It sometimes comes down to a low-tech solution. You have to be aware of your surroundings and make eye contact”
As for Rachel, she says she’s happy to own something that’s both fashionable and functional.
“It looks great, and it gives me a sense of security.”
The cuff jewelry costs anywhere from $35 to $110 and the smartchip lasts for a year. The hair clip is $50 to $75 with an optional $5 a month monitoring fee.