Several years ago, when Dexter was just a baby, Mark had the great idea to create a wearable piece of tech that would work as a sort of lo-jack for kids. He wanted something that had GPS features but with the added ability to call for help if needed. But as we were new parents and very tired, he decided he’d rather sleep than try and produce such a cool bit of tech.
Fast forward five years, and I am so pleased to have found out about Wearsafe, which is – you guessed it! – a wearable piece of tech that has all the capabilities we dreamed of and more! This handy little device is a mother’s dream. Something small and easily accessible through which your child, young or older, can get help in the event of some catastrophe striking! I am imagining many times in my own life when I was in a dangerous situation and could have used some backup. Most notably, in my college years, a dear friend was mugged at gunpoint on campus while walking back to her dorm at night. She was assaulted for nearly an hour, and all of her money and ID was taken. How different the situation might have been if she’d been able to press a button and have help arrive.
Wearsafe is the answer. It is a handy little dongle that you can either clip on or attach to a keychain. If something happens, and you need help, simply press the button, and it will send out an alert to anyone in the network you’ve set up. They will receive a 60-second audio recording of what’s happening, and they can make the decision as to which sort of help you need. They can dial 911 or come and get you themselves.
The platform is available online. Simply download an app to your phone, set up your network and pair your device. The device itself is free with a $5 monthly subscription, which you can cancel any time. It is the ONLY product to offer audio, GPS and group chat.
The GPS function can recognize if you are traveling or stationary, but that isn’t enough information. The Audio function sends an audio file of 60 seconds to give your network context about what is happening. Even if you are unable to speak, your network will be able to listen for clues as to other things going on in the area. And the Group Chat function allows all of those in your selected network to create a virtual “situation room,” ensuring they can work as a team to address how to help the person in distress and to analyze and assess the situation.
In this day and age of school-related violence, immediate response is key to a good outcome. Imagine your son or daughter being caught up in one of these situations. The press of a button can alert those outside of the school quickly, allowing them to act fast. This is especially important when they can’t reach their phone – they are still able to send for help.
The device itself is small and unobtrusive. It is easily attached to clothing or a keychain so that it is easily accessible. It comes with a full battery that lasts a long time. Simply use the clip attachment as a sort of screwdriver to open the back of the device and insert the battery. Refasten it, and you’re done.
The app is available on iOS and Android, and you can set yourself up in under 5 minutes. Try it free today!
While I think it is an essential item for college-aged students, it is also something I could see being useful for every member of the family, young or old. Emergencies can happen anywhere and to anyone. Having the ability to call for help can mean the difference between life or death sometimes. I plan on getting one of these for every member of my family – including my grandmother!