Buddy System Bracelet Offers Extra Layer Of Security For Women
Safety and security is a big issue for a lot of women. All you have to do is check out the news to understand why. In the last two or three years Ohio has been in the spotlight for a series of abductions that have resulted in forced captivity and even death, so it’s not surprising that more and more women are looking to add a layer of security and protection to their daily activities. The good news is that women who are determined not to become victims may soon have another tool in their safety arsenals with an up-and-coming security device disguised as a bracelet from Onee. Pronounced Oh-Nee, a derivative of the Korean word for an older sister and mentor, the makers hope to improve the lives of women from all walks of life.
Touted as “the buddy system reinvented for women,” the new wearable will soon join the ranks of other safety devices the fairer sex can turn to. Marketed to women that go out in pairs, the latest addition to wearable security devises is meant to be used so that gals can send distress signals to one another while at opposite ends of a party, bar or other event they’re attending. That’s why they’re sold in sets of twos, so you and your bff can stay in constant contact should things get dicey while out on the town. While it may look like an ordinary bracelet, the jewelry allows users to send an SOS through a series of taps (no, it’s not Morse code) to the outer shell that is then transmitted to your best bud.
Security Issues for Women
Besides taking self defense classes or purchasing a firearm, which you can’t legally take with you in most situations unless you have a concealed weapons permit (and even then not in federal buildings), the best thing you can do as a woman is remain aware of your surroundings and stay vigilant. On top of that, pepper spray and a wearable panic button are recommended. Onee’s tagline of "Leave no sister behind" may seem kind of corny or like a military slogan rip off, but their heart is in the right place. Going out shouldn’t be as dangerous as a Jason Bourne movie for women, no matter the time of day or night.
How Onee Works
First off, the bracelets come with an app that you and your cohort need to download onto your smartphones and then sync with the bracelets you’ll both be wearing. The devices apparently only allow you to sync with one other user at a time, so be aware of that. Once they’re synched and ready to roll it’s a good idea to test them before going out. Tapping on the bracelet once tells your friend you're fine and not in any trouble, but two taps means you need help. If a help signal is sent, then it’s at this point that your friend would need to look at her app to find your exact location. While you’re synching them and getting used to the wearables, it’s a good idea to discuss ground rules like if you tap once for you’re okay your friend is to tap back once to let you know she got it and she’s okay, too.
Buddy System Security
Some people have questioned what the difference is between the upcoming Onee security device and things like the Find My Friends feature on iOS or the Riskband, Nimb ring or Wiso Bluetooth whistle. Others have even suggested texting, but the problem with that and Find My Friends is that it requires removing your phone and using it in an obvious manner, which might not always be an option. Oftentimes, one of the first things that happens to someone being intimidated or abducted is that your phone is confiscated so that you can’t call/text for help. If you’ve had too much to drink or been dosed, functioning is impaired. Besides, most bad guys and creeps aren’t going to know your bracelet is actually a signaling device and GPS tracker all in one.
Regardless, the bottom line is that any extra layer of protection you can add to your safety as a woman ought to be considered in this day and age in case anything hinky starts to go down. The Onee should begin shipping in the spring of 2017.