MIT engineers invented a ‘smart bra’ to prevent sexual assaults; sounds crazy, but here’s how it works

MIT engineers have developed a wearable ‘sticker’ that serves as a security alarm for your body.

When applied to a bra, the device can detect “forceful grabbing” and set off an alarm while notifying a set list of contacts — a safety circle — of the wearer’s location AND begin recording surrounding noises.

But for those who like it a little rough, there’s no need to panic.

In the event a person enjoys being grabbed with excessive exuberance, the smart bra comes complete with a “consent” option, with the wearer prompted to state whether they are in agreement with the action or not.

If there’s no response, the bells and whistles go off.

Manisha Mohan, a researcher in MIT Media Lab, explained the effects of an activated strip.

“The safety circle receives information about the geolocation of the victim, and also one member of that group receives a phone call, and the call records all the noises,” Mohan told the Daily Mail.

“Any kind of conversation which is happening, and you can use this information for legal proceedings,” she added.

While it seems like an ingenious product, and the intent to prevent sexual assault is noble, there are some flaws in the application, beginning with the idea the device will “protect” women.

It doesn’t.

When considering the number of scenarios where things could go wrong and the potential for false alarms, it wouldn’t take long for the “Cry Wolf” effect to set it.

What do you think? Like the product, or is it impractical?

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Tom Tillison


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