Tuesday, August 12, 2014

React Sidekick Wearable Safety Device Starts Crowdfunding Campaign


Late last year I wrote about the free React Mobile Safety App, which is an SOS distress signal for smartphone.  When activated, the app accesses the user's GPS location and sends it to select emergency contacts via text message, e-mail, or even to Facebook/Twitter--without an onlooker or attacker knowing.

August 13th, 2014 is the launch of companion product React Sidekick, a low energy Bluetooth device that pairs with the React Mobile Safety App.  React Sidekick  eliminates the need to access your phone or unlock it to call for help in an emergency.  Just use the "Sidekick" button to send out a widespread emergency alert.  See the VIDEO, below, that demonstrates how React Sidekick works. 

VIDEO: React Sidekick in Motion

React Sidekick is gender-neutral and geared toward people with an active lifestyle--especially when alone or in new environments (ie: meeting new clients, running in isolated areas, etc).  The React Sidekick easily pairs with the React Mobile App and can be worn on a keychain, clip, or carabiner. The advantage of React Sidekick is to be able to easily call for help in an emergency, when a smartphone is out of reach.
Use React Sidekick In These Different Situations
React Sidekick's new Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign is raising $25,000 in order to bring the React Sidekick into production (the amount would cover the tooling costs for the programme).  Kickstarter backers can choose between the black tricoloured LED React Sidekick for $29 (early bird special) or a special only for Kickstarter colour sold exclusively as part of a VIP package for $99.
React Sidekick Works With the Free React Mobile Safety App
React Sidekick Features & Specifications: 

  • Small modular design that easily clips onto clothing
  • Panic button pairs with the React Mobile app when in range of a user’s phone
  • Frequency Range: ISM Band 2.4 GHz
  • Bluetooth Version: BT 4.0 Low Energy
  • Active Range: 0–30ft / 10 to 30m
  • 1+ Year Battery Life
  • Suggested MSRP $49.99, the React Mobile app is free for users in the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores

Compatible Devices and OS:
  • iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, iOS 6 or higher
  • Android S4, S5, Note 2, Note 3.
Follow React Sidekick on Social Media!
React Sidekick Kickstarter Page (Starts August 13th, 2014)

What do you think of the React Sidekick device?  Would wearing it make you feel safer in day-to-day situations?  Would you consider purchasing one for yourself or a loved one?  

17 comments:

  1. oh I really like the idea of an alert at the press of a button

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  2. This is awesome, I use this app when I'm riding horses alone so the addition of a wearable device makes me feel even more secure.

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  3. I think it's a great concept and does offer peace of mind.

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  4. What an awesome app. That would really come in handy when jogging alone. Thank you for sharing!

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  5. This is awesome I love this app. I love how they are coming up with the safety apps etc. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. what a great app! I like how they are helping out others too!

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  7. What a great idea to keep people safe. I would use this while running, I have had a few suspect moments in the past that made me nervous.

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  8. Interesting concept. I like that it works up to 30ft away from the phone. If I had a cell phone I would definitely consider downloading this app.

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  9. This is really cool! I like that it works a little away from the phone.

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  10. What an interesting device! I would gladly try this one.

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  11. This looks really cool. I would love to check it out.

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  12. This looks great, I'm definitely going to check it out! Thanks for sharing

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  13. I think this is a wonderful use of technology! I would gladly use this.

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  14. I could find this very useful. Thanks.

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  15. This is really great, and I think everyone should have one, you just don't know when something is about to happen

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  16. I think this is a great idea. I love it. I would use it when I am on my walks.

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