“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”
You might remember this phrase from the dramatic and poorly produced medical alertinfomercials targeted towards the elderly in the 1980s and ’90s.
While the statement lives on in pop culture history, the device itself won’t be remembered for its fashion-forward aesthetic. The bulky beige remote control hung from customers’ necks by a cheesy ball chain necklace — a look any stylish client would hesitate to wear.
Thankfully, the wearable tech market has come a long way since then.
As safety continues to be a concern for women, children, senior citizens, people of different abilities, and those at risk, many are longing for stylish and discrete gadgets to help keep them safe.
Below are five sleek safety alert wearables even the most fashionable accessory connoisseurs would love.
- WiseWear Dutchess bracelet, $345
In January WiseWear joined forces with 94-year-old fashion icon Iris Apfel to release a line of ultra chic health trackers.
Available in three different styles, the bracelets not only record steps and calories but can also send text messages and GPS location to predetermined emergency contacts if the wearer is in distress.
Users can also schedule calendar reminders to drink water or take medication at specific times throughout the day.
The jewelry’s technology connects to an app on your phone via Bluetooth.
- Safelet Indra bracelet, $129
This stainless steel mesh wristband ensures help is only a finger tap away.
When there’s an accident or impending danger, Safelet users simply press the buttons on the sides of the device to alert their preselected friends and family.
By connecting the jewelry to a smartphone via Bluetooth, the corresponding app sends the wearer’s location and helpful instructions to his or her emergency contacts.
The app can also be programed to call 911.
- Stiletto necklace, $219
Attach this pendant to a necklace or bracelet to stay connected even when you’re alone.
Users must download the corresponding app onto their smartphones for the product to work.
By double tapping Stiletto’s center stone, customers inform their emergency contacts when they feel at risk, and can even send updates to landlines.
Three taps triggers a call to emergency services. If the user is unable to speak, Stiletto’s voice-assisted alert system will confirm the call’s legitimacy with 911 dispatchers to ensure police and paramedics are on the way.
The charm is available in a variety of styles, including a solid black or white leather center.
- V.ALRT help button, $39.99
V.LERT is a small personal emergency button that comes with a black rubber wristband and neck pendant.
Pressing the button sends alert text messages and GPS signals to a customized list of contacts.
Users can also enable a fall detection function, which automatically signals for help if the wearer does not respond within 60 seconds.
Don’t worry about forgetting to charge the device — it’s battery operated and should last an entire year.
- Kanega watch
Accessory lovers without smartphones can stay connected, too.
The Kanega watch, which some compare to a personal On-Star system, bypasses both Bluetooth and apps, sending users directly to a LifeAssist operator.
The product is activated through voice commands instead of buttons or sensors. Users speak to the device like they would to Apple’s Siri, addressing it by a specific name the wearer designates.
The watch promises to send medication reminders as well as dosage instructions. If clients forget how to find their way home when taking a walk, no problem. Kanega will provide turn-by-turn directions.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign the company expects to begin shipping the Kanega to customers this summer.