There are a lot of wearables that want to keep an eye on our personal safety, but often it's a case of contacting loved ones or, in dire situations, putting you straight through to the emergency services.
As great as this is, a new wearable is taking a different approach by giving you a direct line to a dedicated support team, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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Ripple is a penny-sized, padlock-shaped panic button that can be attached anywhere, and wants to offer peace of mind in all situations. One click of the middle button and you'll get an immediate call from the Ripple support team, who will be able to help you contact the correct emergency service - or just offer a voice to talk to if you're walking home late at night and feeling vulnerable.
Should you find yourself in a situation where you do have an immediate emergency, pushing the Ripple three times will put you directly in touch with the authorities. Using the app you can select which authority you want on direct dial in this situation, and whether you'd want them to dispatch the emergency services straight to your location.
You can also build out the rest of your profile, including any medication you're on and any allergies that will mean the Ripple support team - a US health and care service called Tunstall - will have have all information that could possibly be helpful if a problem arises. This information will also be sent to the emergency services should they need to be called.
"In the case of a genuine emergency, getting your phone and calling 911, or even having to defend yourself, is too much to ask people to do," Ripple founder Rees Gillespie told Wareable.
Gillespie believes that by offering a dedicated team between the user and emergency services gives Ripple a unique angle. "If it's 2am and you push a button and it texts five people who are all sleeping, that's not really a solution," said Gillespie.
"Our size and the ease of use is superior to anything out there on the market."
For now, Ripple only works in the US. It's currently raising funds on Kickstarter and will be shipping to backers in April, but Gillespie said the company is also in talks with retailers to get it on shelves later this year.
Along with the device itself, you'll have to pay for a $10-monthly service for use of the Tunstall support team. Ripple is offering a package of $129, which covers the device and a year of service. There's also a $49 option on Kickstarter, but that will cover you for three months of use before having to subscribe for more.
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