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10/28/2016 06:41 pm ET Updated Oct 28, 2017

Personal Safety Kicks Up Several Notches With This Brilliant But Simple Invention

Ever been on the bus and had the vague feeling that something is 'not right' with the guy behind you? You want to ignore it and slap on your headphones but your instinct is too strong. You decide to stay on high alert, with your mind racing about your options to escape safely. You scan the bus quickly and desperately look for a friendly face. You mentally gauge your driver and your co-passengers. You desperately wish you had more charge on your phone and build a mental list of people to call.

Undoubtedly, many of us have been in such situations- whether we are at home-turf or traveling in new places. While pepper spray might help in a few situations, a more fool-proof system is definitely welcome!

A 5-year study by researchers at the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) in Newark found that alarm systems are the most effective in decreasing crime. Says the report, " While other studies have concluded that most burglars avoid alarms systems, this is the first study to focus on alarm systems while scientifically ruling out other factors that could have impacted the crime rate."

A new Kickstarter project that capitalizes on this important finding is all set to revolutionize personal safety. The ROBORanger is the world's first completely stand-alone, connected personal safety device with a 130-decibel alarm. The best part is, it does not rely on connectivity to a smartphone.

ROBOCOPP, the company that innovates personal safety products that have helped scores of people avoid potential dangers, just launched it's most innovative product ever- and the Kickstarter campaign has already surpassed 50% of its funding target within a mere 24 hours.

Here are some reasons why ROBORanger™ is gaining massive crowdsourcing support as the world's smartest SOS system:

It is light and handy: The ROBORanger™ is designed to fit into the palm and can be carried as a keychain or slapped on a backpack.

It has a reliable alarm system: The device comes with a reliable black button that triggers a 130-decibel alarm that can be heard at a 15-feet radius.

It is IoT-enabled and alerts 911: The earlier versions of these ROBOCOPP devices called the Sound Grenade saved many a life with its effective alarms. This new version goes one step further and integrates the alarm trigger with a dependable standalone connection to a state-of-the-art 24/7 security dispatch center, completely eliminating the need for a smartphone. Here's Dr. Shubhankar Basu, ROBOCOPP's Co-founder and Technical Adviser: "With one simple motion, 911 is alerted and a professional rescue team is now looking for you. You get both the prevention and response."

It notifies parents or loved ones Immediately: Besides getting the immediate 911 response, the ROBORanger and the professional 24/7 Monitoring team also notifies the parents or loved ones whose numbers are saved as personal emergency contacts. It sends an Alert Message with the exact location of the user. This is a feature that buys the much-needed peace of mind to concerned people.

It safeguards the privacy of the user: This device respects individual privacy since it DOES NOT TRACK the user. The location is securely encrypted and ONLY released once the user activates a distress signal.

It is designed to prevent battery drainage: This innovative patent-pending technology makes the device fail-proof against battery drainage or an out of range smartphone.

It is child-proof and water-resistant: The exterior is made of hard rubber designed to be extremely rugged, and comes with a battery that is tightly sealed to make the device resistant to water, and child proof. It also serves as a deterrent for someone to silence the device in a moment of distress.

With some tech columnists saying that this is perhaps the most significant invention of 2016, here's Sam Mansen, CEO of ROBOCOPP, "We sometimes forget that out of 7 billion people alive today, only 1.5 billion have smartphones. People put alarms on their homes and cars, but not themselves or their children. Why not? Life is much more valuable, I think."

As a parent concerned about the family's safety, I would find this device extremely comforting when I am exploring unknown places on our own. I would not have to worry about a false alarm getting triggered. I would rest well knowing my privacy is never under threat. I would not give a second thought about throwing it in my bag because it does not add bulk to my luggage. I would feel safe in the fact that should something go amiss with my child, I and other loved ones would be immediately notified, while a 911 trigger is also sending a team of experts our way.

As a device that has so much relevance to the common man's life, it's no surprise that the Amazon Launchpad (the by-invitation-only platform for innovative inventions, and propellant technologies) has found ROBOCOPP to be a worthwhile partner, especially ahead of the holiday season where people would like to travel and explore. This partnership enables consumers to take advantage of the special promotional pre-order pricing on ROBOCOPP products, significantly advantageous compared to retail price tags.

About the author:

Devishobha Chandramouli is the founder and editor of Kidskintha- a platform dedicated to helping millennial parents raise happy kids. Get your own FREE copy of the eBook "137 Proven Productivity Hacks For The Millennial Parent" now.