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RISR: Correcting your body language
Our levels of social interaction and eye contact may have changed due to mobile technology, but for those who are shy or have trouble maintaining the correct posture in the business world, a web of sensors may be able to help.
Called RISR, a web of sensors which is connected to a smartphone scans your target -- perhaps your boss or a potential customer -- and vibrates in order to tell the wearer how best to correct their body language in return.
The idea of 'mirroring' targets is well-known in body language studies. If you 'mirror' your target's posture, the idea is that they will be more open to what you have to say. For example, RISR will remind you to face your target if they are facing you, or shift your shoulders if they do the same.
Tracking your students
Wearable technology isn't always necessary a plus. Some schools, including the John Jay High School have implemented badges that contain RFID tracking chips -- so a school is always able to know where they are.
Some argue that the chips are useful in cutting down the rates of students skipping school, whereas critics believe that such "smart IDs" are an invasion of privacy.
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A bra primed to shock your attacker
When the safety of women is a severe issue in countries including India, some citizens turn to tech for solutions.
Manisha Mohan, an aeronautical engineering student at SRM University in Chennai, has developed a prototype bra which is able to "shock" attackers. After being groped, pressure sensors are activated and cause the bra to deliver an electric shock of 3800kv. The prototype is also able to send a text message to police with GPS coordinates.
Describing her motive behind the project (.pdf), the student said that "Lawmakers take ages to come up with just laws and even after that, women are unsafe. Hence, we have initiated the idea of self‐defense which protects women from domestic, social and workplace harassment."