DailyDirt: I've Fallen And I Can't Get Up 2.0

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In the US, over half of the mobile phones people are using are smartphones, so it's not surprising that there's a nascent market for smart devices trying to take advantage of this existing user base. Wearables like smartwatches and smartglasses are nifty gadgets, but there could be other smart-things that might be hanging around necks or strapped to our arms in the near future. One feature for all of these smart accessories could be personal protection -- allowing the wearer to signal to friends/family/police in an emergency situation. Here are just a few examples (that are available for pre-order or need some crowdfunding love). If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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  1. identicon
    Lawrence D’Oliveiro, Aug 20th, 2014 @ 7:25pm

    “I’m Forlorn And I Can’t Get It Up”

    Is that what you meant?

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    Anonymous Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2014 @ 9:06pm

    Re: “I’m Forlorn And I Can’t Get It Up”

    He may be, but I think not what he meant.:>

    The issue I have with these, as a person who might need one soon, is twofold.

    First, in order to track you all the time, a necessity for such a device, it needs to be connected all the time. I do not know of such a technology. There are some that get close, but all the time? Also, connectivity costs.

    Second, if we were able to manage connected all the time, who has access to that information, and how long is it held, and what are the HIPPA issues (with the intent of HIPPA not the reality)? Any assertions by the manufacturer will be held with a great amount of suspicion.

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    Ninja (profile), Aug 21st, 2014 @ 2:57am

    Pepper spray with embedded selfie for criminals. Sounds like something Tim would write about.

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    art guerrilla (profile), Aug 21st, 2014 @ 6:47am


    i will bet you dollars to donut holes, that 99 out of 100 uses of this will be mostly kids playing tricks on each other, NOT thieves getting a face full of pepper...

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