Bracelets To Prevent Sexual Assault – Socially-Aware Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Can Save Drunk Students From Rape [Video]

Wearable bracelets could help prevent sexual assaults on drunken college students. The sensor, worn as a bracelet, alerts friends in case you aren’t totally in control of the situation or have poor motor skills.

College is a time to make merry while studying. However, more often than not, the merrymaking involves getting insanely drunk and that’s when the trouble begins. Taking undue advantage of you when you are inebriated is pretty easy. Alcohol lowers inhibitions and impairs judgment, but it shouldn’t risk you, felt the students who designed an innovative bracelet that is constantly aware and can alert your friends in case you are in need of assistance.

The Vive Is A Socially Linked Biosensor Bracelet

Designer Dan Doan has designed Vive, a plain-looking bracelet that is equipped with sensors that monitor the wearer’s biometrics related to alcohol consumption and keeps them synced-up to their designated party group, so friends know if something’s wrong. Designed to ensure you do not accidentally veer off from the group, the bracelet alters your friends in case you do not respond to simple instructions like pressing a button on it.

Though Not As Good Looking As Vive, The WrisTAS Helps Law Enforcement

Another company has come up with a similar, albeit mundane looking product which it calls WriSTAS. This bracelet is a little more stern than Vive, but essentially functions in the same manner. Meant more for legal compliance, the WrisTAS (WristTransdermal Alcohol Sensor) bracelets claim to help restrain repeat offenders and aide in cases involving drunk driving.

The makers of these bracelets argue that they help in offering accurate, real-time data to measure how much someone has been drinking. Willing participants could offer invaluable data that would benefit researchers, clinicians, and therapists.

Statistics indicate that at least half of sexual assaults involve alcohol. It’s quite easy to understand why alcohol is the weapon of choice for people whose aim it is to rape and assault.

Teenage and underage drinking is on the rise. Unsurprisingly, these bracelets haven’t gained much acceptance from the youth for obvious reasons. However, sexual predators are always on the lookout for drunken teenagers, who aren’t well aware of the situation they are getting into. Moreover, since alcohol hinders with memory as well as cognitive functions, these bracelets can easily prevent a sexual attack or even awkward encounters.

Owing to miniaturization, biosensors have become not just discreet, but they can be easily woven into something that is nondescript or even appealing to wear, like jewelry or even temporary tattoos. Perhaps if these alcohol biosensors are turned into something more appealing, perhaps the youth might wear them more willingly.

[Image Credit | Luca Francesco Giovanni Bertolli/iStock, Giner, I Am Dan Doan]