With domestic terror, shootings and other such physical criminal activities on the rise, there comes a need for technology to help us feel more secure. One company may have found the answer Wearsafe Labs (www.wearsafe.com) has launched a Kickstarter Campaign: http://kck.st/1SkTrQW with a mission to save 10 million lives in 10 years (#10millionlives).
So what is this this new technology? The Wearsafe Tag, with its interactive mobile app, is a small, wearable Bluetooth low-energy device that pairs nicely with a smartphone to instantly connect a person with a network of individuals (family and friends). Because it has a range of up to 200 feet, a press of the Wearsafe Tag silently activates an alert using your smartphone from across the room or across the street, even when you can’t reach your phone. When activated, your selected network of friends and family receives an alert through email, text and the Wearsafe app, a group chat can be started, and the network can see your location as well as hear audio collected from your smartphone.
The company does plan to expand the hardware that can be used. In addition to using the Wearsafe Tag as your activator, over time, other wearables will be enabled to work as well, including fitness trackers and smart watches. Shortly after launch you will be able to use the Pebble smartwatch or the new Pebble Time watch to send an alert. Compatibility with the Apple Watch and Android Wear will be available in the very near future. The company’s goal is to make integrating Wearsafe into people’s lives as easy as possible.
The co-founders of Wearsafe, David Benoit & Phill Giancarlo, have spent the last 3 1/2 years developing new wearable technology and will be shipping their first product, the Wearsafe Tag shortly after their Kickstarter campaign concludes. Wearsafe was started because of the Petit family’s Cheshire (CT) home invasion from a number of years ago. The co-founders learned that everyone in the family had a cellphone, but they were taken away early on. They believe that they have developed a service and product that can allow someone in distress to call for help even when they can’t get to their phone.
“For us, saving lives goes beyond those which would have been lost, but also those which might otherwise be irreparably altered by a bad experience,” says David Benoit. “We can empower, connect and protect the people we love and help to keep each other safe.”
Rewards for initial backers of the Kickstarter campaign will include a Wearsafe Tag and free lifetime service. The Wearsafe Tag will cost about $40 with the Wearsafe service costing $4.99 per month.