The continuing prevalence, and tolerance of sexual violence in this country—especially on college campuses—is discouraging to say the least. But a new wave of tech products (interestingly enough, helmed by men) may provide some encouragement when it comes to protecting, and giving peace of mind to women who face a nearly one in five chance of sexual assault. Here, three in the funding stage that we'd love to see reach their launch.
1. Nail polish to fight date rape. Thanks to Undercover Colors, a nail polish that changes color when exposed to date rape drugs, you now have a built-in excuse for treating yourself to that much-needed manicure. And it's all thanks to four male engineering students at North Carolina State University. "With our nail polish, any woman will be empowered to discreetly ensure her safety by simply stirring her drink with her finger," their Facebook page explains.
2. Pepper spray that takes photos. The Defender knocks your traditional pepper spray out of the water. With a push of the button, this little device instantly takes a photo, initiates an alarm, and releases the pepper spray. The assailant's photo and GPS location are then sent through the Defender's app and 24/7 monitoring service to law enforcement or medical authorities.
3. A test for your drink. pd.id, short for Personal Drink ID, is another tool for protecting your drink against date rape drugs. The pocket-sized battery-operated device relies on proven technology that has been used by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and can be hooked up to your smart phone for text alerts if your drink has been tampered with.