Technology is coming to the fore with protective ‘arms and ammunition’ that cannot be used to hurt the person being assaulted. Among the many devices being designed to keep women safe from violence is the sensor strip developed by MIT researcher Manisha Mohan called ‘Intrepid’.
Very simply, here’s how it works.
You can attach this sensor strip on any article of clothing. (The demo video shows it conveniently attached to a bra.) It’s comfortable. You can do all your natural activities without hindrance.
Unnatural activity such as pulling or tearing at the clothing will activate the sensor which will message your phone if you consent to this activity or not. If you don’t consent in 20 seconds – you are unable to, because you are being attacked or you are in an insensate condition – an alarm is sounded. Thirty seconds after the alarm, upto five people in your ‘safety circle’ are alerted that you are at risk, with information on your GPS location, and one of them is called with a recording of the sounds of the attack. The recording can be used in later legal proceedings.
This is safer than using a mobile app, which the abuser can see on your phone. This is also more convenient since you wear it on your body and you yourself can activate the alert system when in danger.
Very useful for helpless infants and elderly
Manisha Mohan envisages very useful applications for groups that are ‘helpless’ and vulnerable. For instance, change in physical situations for infants and young children can be monitored through this device. This also applies to situations of child abuse. Physical threats on the elderly and infirm can be more easily detected in time. This also applies to accidents that can take place with invalids.
We hope ‘Intrepid’ is commercially available soon!