Personal safety just got wearable, and it’s about time. We rounded up some great apps for sending SOS alerts to friends and family recently, but activating them in times of crisis is a real stumbling block so it’s good to see some more practical options becoming available.
There are conflicting opinions about whether we should wear these kinds of devices. There are definitely people keen to engender a culture of fear by suggesting that women especially should feel afraid all the time, and should wear these devices daily. And then there’s the danger that people who choose to wear them regularly may lower their usual defences and put themselves in risky situations they would normally have avoided. (Our columnist Lauren Bravo takes a look at some of the arguments in Safety wearables for women are great, but we nee humanity switched on too.)
We can’t urge strongly enough that any safety device can only do so much to help. It’s fantastic this technology is being harnessed in a useful way, and being able to contact someone fairly immediately in the case of an attack is brilliant, but help won’t appear in the same timeframe. So do consider the wearables below but remember the basics – be aware of what’s going on around you and balance living a free and unafraid life with appropriate caution.