1. Indian scientist Manisha Mohan at MIT creates wearable sensor to stop rape

Indian scientist Manisha Mohan at MIT creates wearable sensor to stop rape

An Indian scientist at MIT has developed a sticker-like wearable sensor that can detect sexual assault in real time and quickly alert nearby people as well as the victim's friends and family to seek help.

By: | Boston/chennai | Published: July 27, 2017 12:46 PM
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An Indian scientist at MIT has developed a sticker-like wearable sensor that can detect sexual assault in real time and quickly alert nearby people as well as the victim’s friends and family to seek help. The sensor, which can be attached to any piece of clothing like a sticker, could be trained to learn the difference between when a person is undressing themselves and when they are being forcefully disrobed, Manisha Mohan, research assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, told PTI. This allows the sensor to detect signs of an assault even when the victim is unconscious or not in the position to fight against the assaulter, such as in case of minors, bed-ridden patients or intoxicated people. An integrated bluetooth connected to a smartphone app can trigger a loud noise to alert people nearby and send out a distress signals to pre-defined family members or emergency services. The sensor works in two modes. In passive mode, the wearer is assumed to be conscious and can set off loud alarms or distress calls on their own by touching a button when they encounter an approaching threat. In the active mode, the sensor tries to detect signals from the external environment.

For example, if somebody is trying to remove the clothing off the victim’s body, a message is sent to the smartphone to confirm if the act was done with consent. If the victim does not respond within 30 seconds, the phone begins to emit a loud noise to alert the user and nearby people. If the victim does not stop this alarm using a predefined password within the next 20 seconds, the smartphone app can automatically send distress signals to family or friends, along with the location of the victim.

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Mohan’s experience as an engineering student in Chennai inspired her to create the device. “Female students on campus were not allowed to work beyond certain hours. You were expected to be back in your dorm by 6:30 pm,” Mohan said. “Instead of asking them to remain indoors I think we should provide more safety for them,” she said.

The technology can seamlessly integrate with existing clothing to respond to initial signs of assault such as forced disrobing, researchers said. “The proposed solutions aim to combat child sexual abuse, college campus assault and abuse of elderly and disabled,” they said. “We don’t need body guards, I think we should have the ability to protect ourselves,” said Mohan.

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    Vimal
    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:38 pm
    Congratulation Manisha!! Really proud of you. All the females feel that rather than making us stay inside after 8pm , we should be provided with more safety and freedom.
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      the indian guy
      Aug 1, 2017 at 2:51 pm
      We are really proud of you and your Innovation. Hope this comes in the market soon and people realise its importance ... Keep building and keep making us and your country proud..
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        Nidhi
        Aug 1, 2017 at 12:31 pm
        if we can put it in use- Nothing like it! What an idea! Loved it...
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        1. V.Y. Deo
          Aug 1, 2017 at 1:17 am
          More information needed to understand how it is supposed to work.
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            Asha Kamnani
            Jul 31, 2017 at 1:43 am
            Congratulations!! Where can it be purchased??
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            1. Manjunath Patil
              Jul 30, 2017 at 11:27 pm
              aser gun(stun gun) or pepper spray can be effective as well. Both are available and legal in India. s: flipkart /sj-1-million-volt-rechargeable-lipstick-stun-gun/p/ITMEG79UH8PGCDZS/specifications?pid STGEG79UHFH3YSDQ
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              1. Manjunath Patil
                Jul 30, 2017 at 11:24 pm
                s: flipkart /sj-1-million-volt-rechargeable-lipstick-stun-gun/p/ITMEG79UH8PGCDZS/specifications?pid STGEG79UHFH3YSDQ tab 0 Taser gun(stun gun) or pepper spray can be effective as well. Both are available and legal in India.
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                  Pari
                  Jul 29, 2017 at 2:38 pm
                  How Can I Get One ??
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                    SAM
                    Jul 28, 2017 at 8:07 pm
                    Great 👍 thinking. Will be useful. Is it designed as a Bluetooth connected device. It should also activate if mobile is switched off too....
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                      Shilpa Rao
                      Jul 28, 2017 at 8:02 pm
                      That sounds so amazing and so the need of the hour. Hope our government can provide it to us at zero GST !
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                        Aditi Sharma
                        Jul 28, 2017 at 7:04 pm
                        Has this been tested in windy conditions. Cause if the lady is at a seaface and the wind is making her clothes move vigorously will it still give the signal. Just curious
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                        1. viswanath gowd
                          Jul 28, 2017 at 7:03 pm
                          Good....
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                            Prateek
                            Jul 28, 2017 at 6:49 pm
                            Well done Manisha✌️.Wish it will save many young lifes.
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                            1. Jaishree Suresh
                              Jul 28, 2017 at 5:37 pm
                              Awesome. Salute to you. We hav the ability to fight back and that's wat ur msg is I guess. Ppl should start thinking as u did. A huge respect to you from women of Indian society.
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                                Praveen Malik Khurana
                                Jul 28, 2017 at 5:14 pm
                                No words to praise Manisha Mohan. If this succeeds then she definitely deserves Bharat Ratn.
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                                  Prashi
                                  Jul 28, 2017 at 4:59 pm
                                  Good luck.... but how to buy this?..
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                                    Sagar Katara
                                    Jul 28, 2017 at 12:35 pm
                                    I wonder how they have performed the test!! Good work though!!
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                                      Rose
                                      Jul 28, 2017 at 12:27 pm
                                      The original idea belongs to someone else. I saw this many years ago on tv. News agencies shoud do research before publishing anything.
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                                        Tama
                                        Jul 28, 2017 at 11:57 am
                                        Wonderful job hope u have considered all the relevant possibilities and all the best no foreign companies ever get a chance in this monopoly market....all the very very best.......make in India ......Jai Hind ......kiyunn???
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