Date Rape Nail Polish Changes Color When Exposed To Certain Chemicals

A date rape nail polish can help warn women of a possible attack.

Undercover Colors, a new product line developed by a group of male college students at North Carolina State University, promises to change colors whenever it comes into contact with known date rape drugs.

These drugs would include Xanax, GHB, and Rohypnol.

Undercover Colors is calling itself “the first fashion company empowering women to prevent sexual assault,” at least of the date rape variety.

The team consists of Tyler Confrey-Maloney, Stephen Gray, Ankesh Madan, and Tasso Von Windheim. From the group’s Facebook page:

“While date rape drugs are often used to facilitate sexual assault, very little science exists for their detection. Our goal is to invent technologies that empower women to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime.

“For our first product, we are developing a nail polish that changes color when it comes into contact with date-rape drugs. With our nail polish, any woman will be empowered to discreetly ensure her safety by simply stirring her drink with her finger. If her nail polish changes color, she’ll know that something is wrong.”

BuzzFeed notes that the team, which now welcomes a lone woman aboard in Director of Social Media Laurel Street, qualified as finalists in the K50 Startup Showcase.

After demonstrating the date rape detecting nail polish, an unnamed investor awarded the gang $100,000 for further research and development.

They’ve also won $11,250 from a contest held by North Carolina State’s Entrepreneurship Initiative for “students from all disciplines to collaborate to develop solutions to real world challenges,” their page notes.

According to the BuzzFeed report, the men thought of the product because they all know somebody personally who has been the victim of a sexual assault.

“We were thinking about big problems in our society, the topic of drug-facilitated sexual assault came up,” Madan said. “All of us have been close to someone who has been through the terrible experience, and we began to focus on preventive solutions, especially those that could be integrated into products that women already use. And so the idea of creating a nail polish that detects date rape drugs was born.”

Another piece of technology that has tackled this growing problem includes DrinkSavvy, party cups and straws that are designed to test the same types of substances.

The Inquisitr brought you this report on DrinkSavvy in August 2013.

Do you think the date rape nail polish Undercover Colors will be effective in stopping sexual assault?