A sticker-like wearable sensor has been developed that will detect if there’s any sexual assault in real time. It will then quickly send an alert to nearby people along with the friends and family of the victim for seeking immediate help. The surprising thing about this sticker is that it has been invented by an Indian scientist.
Manisha Mohan, a research assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US has invented this techy sticker. According to Manisha, “The sensor, which can be attached to any piece of clothing like a sticker, could be trained to learn the difference between when a person is undressing and when they are being forcefully disrobed.”
The sticker has a sensor that detects the assault even in a situation where the victim is unconscious or not in the position to fight the assaulter. The victim can be a minor, bed-ridden or even intoxicated. This works through a Bluetooth connection to a smartphone app that makes a loud noise for alerting nearby people and sends signals to the numbers given in the emergency contact list. It basically works in two modes. First is the passive mode and another is the active mode. In the passive mode, the victim is supposed to be conscious who can set up loud alarms or emergency calls on their own just by touching the button when they feel someone is approaching them and the threat is involved. The another, as in the active mode, the sensor itself tries to detect signals from the external environment.
For instance, if the assaulter is trying to take out the clothes off the victim, a text will be sent to the smartphone for confirming if it’s done with consent. If the victim doesn’t respond in another 30 seconds, the phone will automatically start giving out loud noise for alerting the user and nearby people. The person wearing this will have to set a password and in this case, will have to enter the password in like another 20 seconds. If it’s not stopped, then the alarm goes out alerting people and with the text including the location of the victim.
According to Manisha Mohan, her experience as an engineering student in Chennai inspired her to make something like this. She said, “Female students on campus were not allowed to work beyond certain hours. You were expected to be back in your dorm by 6:30 pm. Instead of asking them to remain indoors I think we should provide more safety for them.”
According to the researchers, “The proposed solutions aim to combat child sexual abuse, college campus assault and abuse of elderly and disabled.”
All said and done, technology does play a vital role in this and as Manisha Mohan says, “We don’t need bodyguards, I think we should have the ability to protect ourselves.”
Let’s hail Girl Power!