ABQ inventor wants to put 'eyes' in the back of your head
August 10, 2017 10:22 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- If you're sneaking up on Breanna Cleghorn, she already knows.
A mom and an inventor, Cleghorn said she started to notice a pattern in local sex assaults. Women were being snuck up on, so she invented a safety device that actually alerts you through your phone if someone is coming up behind you.
Rewind to December 2014. A man violently assaulted a female jogger along the same arroyo trail Cleghorn runs.
"My first initial feeling was fear," she said.
It was her fear that inspired her to research sexual assault.
"I found there were so many attacks happening from behind. Women had their headphones in, and that's when they were vulnerable," she said. "I thought if there was something that I could wear on my back that would let me know someone was coming up from behind and cut my music, that would be ideal.
Cleghorn's mechanical engineer pal Derek Doyle thought so, too. Together, they developed the DefendSix. Defend? That's clear enough. The Six comes from the military term for "your back."
"What it's basically doing is it sends out electromagnetic waves these waves bounce off everything you encounter," Doyle said.
Joggers -- or anyone for that matter -- can wear the DefendSix on their back. It sends a signal and cuts headphone audio if someone's behind you.
The DefendSix is about to hit initial production phases. Click here to learn more.
For mobile users, click here to see a YouTube video about the DefendSix.
Updated: August 10, 2017 10:22 PM
Created: August 10, 2017 08:35 PM
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