When David was out running one day, a female runner sped past him. Thinking nothing of it, he kept running. But moments later a man slammed into him, before abruptly turning around and running in the opposite direction. When he later thought about, he realised that the man wasn’t wearing any running gear and was in pursuit of the woman until he bumped into him.
Since sharing that haunting experience with his wife Ellen, the two of them have been developing a wearable device that aims to protect female runners when they’re out jogging.
The device called “Run Angel” resembles a sleek, black watch with a small button in the place of a watch face. One tap of that button and the wearable emits a 120dB sound – for perspective, that’s about as loud as standing in front of a set of speakers at a concert.
As this sound is blaring and alerting people around you you’re in danger, it also connects to a free app on your phone and sends an emergency text and email to your “guardian network” with your location and time attached. They don’t need the app to get the notification, they just need to accept an invitation to be a guardian.
While it was inspired by the dangers faced by female joggers, Ellen told independant.ie that it isn’t gender specific. She suggested that it could be used for children going away from home or overseas.
There are plenty of other similar products on the market. But Ellen and David hope that that sleek design and powerful alarm are enough to set it apart from the rest. Few other devices can emit such a loud sound to attract attention while also communicating GPS co-ordinates.
It frankly seems odd that something like this hasn’t taken off before considering wearables are a staple in modern life, considering the potential it possesses to save lives and help people feel safer.
The wearable is on sale for 90 pounds in the UK, which roughly translates to $145 Australian dollars when it hits our shores.