Plan to fight crime with hair clip

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Can a small hair clip help fight crime and protect against assaults? That’s the idea behind a new technology under development by Rachel and Arthur Emanuele, both graduate students at Arizona State University.

The idea originated from Rachel’s desire to increase personal safety. She told her husband and the project was born.

“We have security measures in place for the house, but we didn’t have anything protecting just me,” she said.

Their venture, First Sign Technologies, would work through a hair clip with sensors and a mobile app. The technology could detect an attack, alert emergency contacts and record evidence.

“It would instantly know your location, know which emergency responders to reach out to,” Rachel said.

“It’s about trying to get as much evidence as we can to emergency contacts and first responders, so that they can really respond quickly,” Arthur said.

Following the response, the Emanueles hope the evidence collected will help law enforcement and, ultimately, prosecutors.

“We want the evidence there so we can identify them, deter attackers, prosecute them in the end,” Rachel said. “The more evidence we have to do so, we can help more women feel safe knowing their attacker will have consequences.”

Armed with plans and research, the Emanueles are working with Board Technology Innovations in Tempe to develop their project. First Sign Technologies will launch on Indiegogo at the beginning of February to help gain support and funding for their vision.

“Smart wearables is the way of the future,” Rachel said. “We’re just trying to use those to try and make a difference in society.

“At the end of the day, if we can make societies and the communities we live in safer by increasing the prosecution rate, that would be a success for us,” she continued.

The First Sign website will be going live later this week, but you can check the Facebook page for more information:

You can also follow First Sign on Twitter @FirstSignUS.