An 18-year-old student has invented a microchip to protect against rape or theft
Alvaro Lopez, an 18-year-old student of Telecommunications Engineering at the University Miguel Hernandez (UMH) in Elche (Alicante), has come up with a security system that protects against dangerous situations such as assault, rape, kidnapping or robbery.
His project is practically invisible, as it consists of a microchip that is attached to a nail and can be painted or camouflaged as a ring.
All a user has to do is bring their hand close to a mobile phone and the system is then automatically activated through NFC technology to call the police or send a distress signal with their location to whoever they choose. It also sets off an audible alarm.
Not only does it work on people, but it can also be placed in suitcases, pets or anything else you want to protect, explained the young university student in a statement.
In a video presentation, Alvaro recalls that the idea came to him because of the number of rapes, kidnappings and murders, so he sought to create “something effective to prevent so much insecurity.”
He said: “An aggressor will never let you take out your mobile phone to ask for help, but you can do this,” he says as he activates the mechanism by bringing the ring to the back of his mobile.
The alarm can be connected or not, it allows the police and family members to be alerted and seeks to respond to situations of danger for women, men, children, adolescents or adults, as well as to find a pet or “your most precious asset: your mobile.”
In fact, the device is enabled to use the functions of a ‘smartphone’, such as opening applications, sharing photos or sending messages.