Hartford company developing wearable safety device


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Wearable technology is a growing industry. Apple’s watch has taken off and many folks are looking to get their hands on Google Glass. Wearable devices have been used for safety, like Life Alert, which is mostly for the elderly. Wearsafe Labs in Hartford is testing out a safety device for everyone to to wear.

The Wearsafe Tag is meant to be discreetly worn. In the event of danger, a simple press of the button alerts specific contacts through an app in your smartphone.

“So when I press the button, you’re gonna see that the app was turned on,” said David Benoit of Wearsafe Labs. “Instantaneously, everyone in my network is going to get the same alert screen. It shows my pic, name, alert from me, a text just came in.”

A prototype was given to 30 college students who reportedly felt safer walking home alone.

“That was the powerful message students gave us is that I can walk at night and feel like my friends are with me,” said Benoit.

The device also gives locations and audio of the interaction.

“It shows an image of where I am, the owner of the phone, and when you press the button, you’ll hear an audio file,” said Benoit.

The Wearsafe Tag will be marketed to anyone with active lifestyles, who may find themselves alone and vulnerable.

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