​Athena personal security wearable aims to keep women safe after dark

Long press to sound an alarm and notify your friends
​Athena aims to keep women safe after dark

It's a sad fact of society that the need for personal safety devices exists. In America a woman is attacked every two minutes, a grim statistic that inspired Philadelphia-based entrepreneur Yasmine Mustafa to create Athena.

The device is a pendent that can be worn as a necklace or clipped to any item of clothing. It's reminiscent of the Misfit Shine or Jawbone UP Move fitness trackers – but this device does more than track steps. It can save a life.

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Activated by holding the button for three seconds, Athena sounds an 85db alarm – the same decibel level as a freight train– and sends a message to pre-determined friends and family automatically. Your chosen contacts will get a map showing your location, directions and the opportunity to call you or 911.

The team plans to engineer the device to call 911 automatically before the final product ships.

Roar – the company behind Athena – claims that "an unanticipated loud noise can serve as an effective deterrent in certain circumstances." The team is also working on engineering the alarm to be even louder.

"By introducing Roar's Athena, women can get help when they are in danger," Mustafa told Digital Trends. However, the company is also looking to tackle the underlying social issues that lead to violence against women.

"Our profits are cycled back into non-profits at the front lines of impacting the larger cultural issues that cause this problem to exist in our society," she continued.

The unit itself is water-resistant and boasts a three month battery life. It connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth in order to generate the GPS location and summon help via the app.

Athena is currently looking for funding on Indiegogo. It's already hit 74% of its $40,000 target in one day, and has 33 days left to run. $75 + shipping will buy you an Athena, before it rises to $100. Delivery is estimated for May 2016.

10 Comments

  • Jasmijn says:

    Hello,

    Is this product usable in Europe and can I buy it over here?

    best wishes,

    Jasmijn Reemer

    • spotnsave says:

      Hi we ship globally. www.spotnsave.com please have a look at our Safety bracelet

  • finafisken says:

    Where can I buy the product in Europe?

    Please contact me for more information.

    Best,

    Maritha

  • Rose says:

    Hi,  is it possible to buy Athena in Norway or in another country in Europe? 

    Best regards,

    Rose 

  • Diane says:

    Hi,

    I'd like to know if this product is also available in Europe especially Austria and/or Hungary.

    If yes, where can I buy it? If not, are you shipping to european countries as well? Can it be used over here? 

    Sincerely, 

    Diana

  • Karenx says:

    can the Athena be used in australia as this would be terrific for our daughters safety

  • deven says:

    I am interested in buying this device. How we can buy them

  • Moncha says:

    I would like to buy the Athena Personal Safety Device, how can I pre-order?

  • Jeanne says:

    I ordered your personal security wearable and the company Indiegogo charged my credit card on December 2015 in the amount of $134.28.  As of this day of writing I have not yet received my order. I keep getting the run around and nobody seems to take responsibility.  Please look into this matter.  Thank you

    Jeanne Hebert  

  • Vikas1285 says:

    is this product available in India?

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