This Wearable Hopes to Protect Children From Sexual Abuse #WearableWednesday #wearabletech #tech #Arduino #CSA
Unfortunately child sexual abuse (CSA) is still happening around the world, but one woman is working on a solution that may help younger children. Daphne Chen, a student at Georgia Tech and lover of hackathons, has created a prototype called Safe Short. If a child is touched in an inappropriate area, a LED signals the issue and within a few seconds a voice recorder is activated. So far her device uses an Adafruit FLORA microcontroller with conductive thread to sense touch.
Here’s a few statistics about the seriousness of the issue from nonprofit Darkness to Light:
One in 10 children will be sexually abused before age 18
Of children who are sexually abused, 20% are abused before the age of 8
90% of child sexual abuse victims know their abuser
Only 4-8% of child sexual abuse cases are fabricated
Congratulations to Daphne Chen for focusing her project on such a critical issue facing youth. It’s a great idea that could lead to an embedded product or a detachable accessory. If you would like to create wearable tech to tackle an issue, check out our Getting Started With FLORA learning guide. It has everything you need to know to start your journey on stitchable electronics. How will you help the world?
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.