Like regular pepper spray, the Defender will shoot out a stream of blinding liquid to temporarily disable your attacker’s eyesight. Unlike them, it will do a whole lot more to ensure your attacker gets what they deserve.
After delivering a hit of pepper spray (they use the highest concentration formula allowed by law), the device will also activate a siren, alerting people in the vicinity of the attack that just happened. That way, you won’t just disable the perp, you can automatically call for immediate help without having to scream at the top of your lungs.
Beyond immediate self-defense, the Defender extends the function of the regular pepper spray into identifying attackers and informing law enforcement. Armed with a built-in camera and LED flash, it will snap a clear photo of your attacker as soon as you hit the actuator, automatically capturing the offender’s mug and sending it to your smartphone over Bluetooth. The accompanying app will subsequently forward the attacker’s picture, complete with geo-location information, to Defender’s 24/7 monitoring service, which will then contact and dispatch local authorities to the site. Hopefully, they won’t be driving to your location on a pedal-powered patrol car.
The monitoring service, by the way, will also keep a permanent record of your personal, medical, and insurance information, so they can contact proper personnel in case you have special needs that may require medical attention. Both iOS and Android are supported.
An Indiegogo campaign is currently running for Defender. Pledges to reserve a unit starts at $159.