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The Aphrodite Project has taken the concept of wearable technology forward into an area which is both practical and with safety in mind. The Wi-fi technology has been built into fashionable platform sandals made for sex workers. Each sandal has an audible alarm system, which when activated emits a piercing noise to scare off attackers. The sandals are also fitted with a built in GPS receiver and an emergency button that relays both the location of the shoes and a silent alarm signal to public emergency services. Depending on the legality of prostitution, if law enforcement cannot be used the signal goes to sex workers' rights groups, such as PONY in New York, COYOTE in Los Angeles, or SWEAT in South Africa. Similar GPS technology has now been put to security purpose on some US university campuses with the Rave Wireless’s Rave Guardian, which allows students to use their mobile phone as a personal alarm device.
Mico-chips are everywhere and socks and underpants are the latest to receive nanotechnology. Socks fitted with microchips declare a "pick me up" scream every time they are thrown to the floor, an absolute bonus for teenagers and an end to untidy bedrooms, perhaps? Intimate apparel now containing microchips will, when hurriedly removed audibly remind all in hearing distance the importance of safe sex or a healthy diet. There is even talk of using vibrating shoes to stop drunken Chavs from falling down.
Living in the 21st century does bring its advantages.
However a sock which reminds those at risk to check their foot health does seem a good idea.