After an Indian woman died in December due to injuries suffered from being gang raped on a bus in New Delhi, personal devices designed to protect against sexual assault began to emerge, but none were as shocking as this invention.
Three engineer students from the SRM Institute of Science and Technology in Tamil Nadu, India, have designed anti-rape underwear capable of shocking would-be attackers with 3,800 kilovolts, about the voltage of a small stun gun. The underwear is also equipped with GPS to track the wearer’s location and capable of sending text alerts to police and family members in the event of an attack.
Dubbed Society Harnessing Equipment (SHE), the undergarment is basically a camisole embedded with sensors and an electric circuit board. When the sensors detect unwanted force, attackers can be shocked up to 82 times. A layer of protective polymer insulates the circuits and prevents the wearer from being shocked.
Designers specifically built the sensors around the bust area after law enforcement officials surveyed women who said assailants generally attack the chest area first.
SHE recently took home the Gandhian Young Technology Innovation Award, a prize given out by Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions. Mass production on SHE is slated to begin by the end of the month.
Credit: SRM Institute of Science and Technology