10 High Tech Personal Safety Devices Women Need To Know About
In this day and age, you can never keep yourself too safe as a woman, and personal safety devices are really worth looking into.
It’s a fact of life that as far as personal safety is concerned, it’s better to be prepared than to be caught unawares! Most of the items listed below are classic “panic button” devices or apps that are concealed within a smartwatch or piece of jewelry, but which will contact either the authorities or pre-selected emergency contacts when activated.
No matter what kind of personal safety device you prefer to carry, there is an option for everyone on this list! Here, we’ve rounded up a litany of options that will help you feel safer without compromising on style.
Although not as subtle as some of the silent panic button options on this list, the Siren ring debuted in 2014 with the simple and direct intention of deafening any would-be attackers. With just a simple counter-clockwise twist, an ear-splitting alarm shrieks out of the top of the ring to scare away any would-be attackers. Siren also has a more distinctly jewelry look to it, making it blend in more effectively with outfits.
Billing itself as a “ring with a panic button”, Nimb will send a message detailing your location to safety circles filled with trusted contacts that you designate, all with a three-second button press. The people behind Nimb are promoting this for a variety of situations — college students have an easy way of alerting parents if they’re in trouble, those doing extreme sports or traveling have a way of reaching help even in remote locations (provided there’s cell reception in the area), and older customers are encouraged to wear the ring as an alternative to the Life Alert button.
When connected through the accompanying phone app, there is even a built-in chat feature that allows you to contact those in your safety circle with more details.
The innocent appearance of this teddy bear keychain hides its true function: yet another ear-piercing siren wail, this time at 130 dB, that sounds when an alarm bolt is pulled. This keychain would be a good option for children as it looks more like a toy than anything else, but he’s cute enough to be a comforting companion to anyone.
Wisewear Socialite Bracelet
Wisewear’s Socialite line is a combination of a safety device and a simple smart bracelet. The bracelets can do smartwatch things like notifications (the bracelet vibrates when you get notifications that you prioritize) and fitness tracking, but a distress message can be sent to designated contacts with just a few taps.
With a forked, distinctive look and gold, rose gold, and palladium options, the Calder also looks fantastic as a piece of jewelry, along with the more expensive Duchess and the less expensive Kingston. Having to charge the bracelets every few days is somewhat of a drawback, and a Bluetooth connection to your phone is required for the distress messages to be sent out, but they’re beautiful for devices that do a lot of things in a very simple way.
Apple Watch Series 3
You might not know this, but all Apple watches feature an SOS signal after the watchOS 3 update. Emergency services will be dialed simply by pressing and holding the side button. The call will be routed through your nearby iPhone, or through the watch itself if you have access to Wi-Fi or another phone number associated with your watch.
The bSafe app offers a wide array of personal safety features — fake calls, location sharing, real-time GPS tracking, automatic alarms, and an alert that will notify your personal safety contacts that you’re in trouble. Combining all of the dependable features of other personal safety apps and devices, this is an all-of-the-above option and has been around for quite a few years now.
Circle of 6
The Circle of 6 app allows you to pre-select six contacts to send a pre-programmed message with just a couple taps, should you find yourself in a dangerous situation. There is also a personal safety app standbys like the fake call and location sharing. But, one thing often overlooked is that most victims of abuse are attacked by someone they know — Circle of 6 provides resources and educational material to help users recognize signs of a relationship that has the potential to become abusive.
Similar to the Siren ring, the Ahh!-larm is a heart-shaped keychain that emits a 120 dB siren wail when activated by firmly pressing a small button. Keychain options are a nice alternative in the personal protection accessory market due to their unobtrusiveness.
Undercover Colors Nailpolish
The main idea behind Undercover Colors, a date rape drug-detecting nail polish, is that a woman wearing it could simply dip a finger in her drink and her nail polish would change color if a date-rape drug (specifically Rohypnol or GHB) were detected. Largely geared towards the bar scene, this product could only be an asset to women.
Since being announced in 2014, Undercover Colors has been seeking funding and working on research and development, which might have paid off — recent updates to their website and statements from the founders suggest a release is coming soon.
A personal safety app, SmartWatcher is compatible with smartwatches, phones, and even fitness trackers. The app allows wearers to contact their predetermined “personal safety networks” at the touch of a button in the event of an emergency. Once alerted, your contacts will be able to track your location on a map and can either contact emergency services on your behalf or you directly.
As an added safety measure, there is an additional feature they call “Continuous Safety Monitoring”, which periodically asks the wearer to confirm that they are safe. If the wearer does not confirm their safety, members of their personal safety network will automatically be notified.