Valley couple develops hair clip to detect attack

Two Arizona State University graduate students have developed a device to detect violent attacks.

The idea came to Rachel Emanuele over a year ago when she was waiting for her husband Arthur to come home.

"It was just one of those nights where it was already dark when I got home," Rachel said.

Nothing happened to Rachel, but it sparked the idea about a personal security system for herself.

"When Arthur got home I explained that, you know, we have this security system for our house with cameras but nothing to protect me," said Rachel.

Rachel and Arthur took their idea to Board Technology Innovations. With the help of engineers, they developed a hair clip to sync with your cell phone and third party monitoring company, to detect an attack.

If a person is attacked, the data goes from the hair clip to the app on the cell phone. From there, the data is immediately sent to a monitoring company. The company then contacts the victim's emergency contacts. If no one can make contact with the victim, then police are notified.

"It will take 30 seconds before your emergency contacts are notified of this event," said Arthur.

Arthur says the closest police station would be notified within 90 seconds if no contact is made with the victim.

The Emanuele's say the majority of violent crimes involve a strike to the head, which is why a hair clip device that can automatically detect a strike, can help victims in crucial times.

"I want to help women find that balance between living their life and also having that piece of mind," said Rachel.

The couple named their company First Sign Technologies and now are selling the hair clip on the website indiegogo.

The couple is collecting money to help fund their vision. The clips cost $75.00.

 The Emanuele's expect to have the clips ready by fall.


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