RALEIGH — One in three women will be beaten, raped or otherwise abused during her lifetime. To help reverse this sobering statistic and empower women, 10 for Humanity is introducing a hands-free device called the Tiger Eye Security Sensor, TESS.
Designed to be worn as a piece of jewelry, the device will sense high stress in the voice when it hears certain words such “help,” “stop” or “no” and then dispatch the police, based on GPS location. At the same time, TESS will video record the incident to aid in the identification and prosecution of criminals.
To help bring this product to market in spring 2014, 10 for Humanity has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that goes through Dec. 31 and aims to raise $100,000.
“The power of the Indiegogo campaign is that it engages people in a proactive fight against violence,” said Clayton native CJ Scarlet, chief executive and founder of 10 for Humanity.
Scarlet was the victim of rape at the age of 19 and has since made it her life’s mission to be an advocate for crime victims. She founded 10 for Humanity to develop 10 new technologies to reduce violence by 10 percent in the next decade. TESS is the first. The device’s developers include N.C. State University and RTI International, a think tank.
“By joining together, we are giving control back to women,” Scarlet said. “Think of TESS as your personal bodyguard that offers you the freedom to no longer live in fear.”
To support the fundraising campaign, go to indiegogo.com/projects/tiger-eye-security-sensor.