UW students create wristband to prevent sexual violence

SEATTLE -- A group of University of Washington students took a class project and created a piece of technology that they say can possibly prevent sexual assault.

Team Vive -- a group of six students -- recently received "Best Product Concept" at the Microsoft Design Expo for their creation of a wristband called "Vive."

It's a smart band that uses sensor technology to tests alcohol and dehydration in users who have been drinking.

"Vive is a wearable device that keeps you safe when you go out with friends," said Mason Catt, who is one of the students who created the device.

According the Centers for Disease Control, one in five women will face sexual assault in their lifetime, while one in 17 men will experience sexual violence.

The bracelet goes on your wrist, syncs to an app on your phone, then friends sync to one another. If users fail to check-in, friends also using the device are notified you could be in trouble.

"Once it's learned you've started drinking it just begins a check in with small vibrations," said Catt. "You dismiss the vibrations with a little squeeze. It's an idea that you're responsible for yourself."

Dan Doan, who was on Team Vive, says the wristband relies mainly on a sensor that measures the ethanol that releases through the skin in the form of sweat.

The bracelet is still a prototype, but its creators hope young adult will one day be able to use the wristband as a personal device or even at clubs and venues.

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