Wearsafe button tells contacts where you are, and lets them hear what's happening
The Wearsafe Tag is a small, simple accessory designed to let smartphone users quickly and subtly communicate their whereabouts to friends and family. Currently looking for Kickstarter funding, it's designed to give users an extra layer of security, and can even push audio picked up from a connected smartphone to contacts.
The Wearsafe Tag connects to a user's smartphone via Bluetooth LowEnergy, linking up with a companion app. Initially it'll only workwith the iPhone 4S and newer, but Android support is set to arrive bythe end of the year.
The tag is designed to provideone-touch connectivity, and its creators believe it adds a layer ofsecurity for a wide range of people, including hikers, travelers andstudents. You don't have to have your smartphone in your pocket tosend an alert, as it will (according to the company) work at up to 200 ft (70 m) away.
If you push a button on the Wersafe Tag to send an alert via your WearsafeTag, a selected network of contacts will receive a text message,email and screen notification, immediately alerting them to your GPSlocation, and providing audio from the paired smartphone. A privatechat is also set up between contacts, allowing them to coordinatetheir response. The user is informed that the alert was successfullysent via a silent vibration, and the tag vibrates every time someoneopens the alert to respond.
Users can set up different networks fordifferent occasions, having one group for late night emergencies,another for when they're away on business, or out for a solo run through the woods and so on. The deviceis small and unobtrusive, as well as water resistant and rugged, and can be kept in a pocket, clipped onto clothing, oreven worn on a lanyard around the neck.
The Tag runs on a coin cell battery,so you won't have to remember to keep it charged on a regular basis.The company says that it'll be good for six months of use, at whichpoint the companion app will let you know that you need to pop ina fresh battery.
We've seen devices similar to this inthe past. In fact, Revolar – another Kickstarter effort – wassuccessfully funded just a couple of months ago, and is set to offera very similar, one-touch alert. That device is a little smaller thanthe Wearsafe Tag, and offers twice the battery life, but lacks theaudio streaming feature promised on the newer tag.
Interestingly, Wearsafe is beingdesigned as a safety platform, and won't work solely with the Tag.Assuming the product launches without a hitch, users will soon beable to send alerts using Pebble smartwatches, with support forGarmin wearables, Android Wear watches and the Apple Watch to follow.The Wearsafe service will subject to a US$5 monthly fee.
Of course, this is a crowdfundingproject, so there's no guarantee that it'll make it to market. Theeffort is shooting for $75,000, and it's currently on a little under$38,000 with 34 days left on the clock.
As of writing, backers will need to stump up at least $40 for a single tag. If you back the crowdfunding effort, though, you won't have to pay the $5 monthly service fee. Providing everything goes as expected, the creators plan to shipthe tags out this coming September.
Sources: Wearsafe, Kickstarter
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