03. 25. 2011
GPS bracelet from PFO acts as personal defense system
Instead of using location based technology to tell your friends where you're eating lunch or get a cheeseburger deal, innovative company PFO has integrated GPS technology into bracelet devices in order to act as mini personal defense systems.
All the wearer needs to do is pull on the bracelet and their three chosen "shields", which are people they trust, are alerted. If these shields call the wearer and they don't pick up, they can find out their exact location using the bracelet's in-built GPS.
If you're willing to pay a premium it won't just be three close friends or relatives that are alerted but the security company G4S, who will send out a unit if the wearer doesn't pick up a call or sounds as if they're distressed.
PFO's mission is clearly to make the world safer and it's used state of the art navigation technology to do that, along with the help of designers Oscar Magnuson and Efva Attling. Because, let's face it, the bracelets are a great idea but if they didn't look good, people just wouldn't want to wear them.
I'm not sure how many people are likely to remember to wear one of the bracelets regularly or whether it'll get in the way a little at work, but it's great that this kind of advanced GPS technology is being used for personal safety.
The bracelet is set to be released in July and you can pre-order it from the PFO website in black with the option to purchase different colours later down the line.