Servabo launches the Shadow personal security device on Indiegogo
MechSE alumnus Tim Deppen (BSME '09, MSME '09, PhDME '13) and current PhD student Nishana Ismail (MSME '13) have today launched a crowdfunding campaign for the invention, Shadow, which has been developed in the department. Their full release follows:
CHAMPAIGN, IL – FEBRUARY 3, 2015 – Today, Shadow (http://www.safewithshadow.com/), a personal security device, launches on Crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo for pre-order. The Shadow is a Bluetooth enabled panic button that works through the Shadow app to provide instant emergency notifications to your personalized network with the press of a button. These notifications are appended with your location at the time of the alert.
“We wanted to create a simple device that would make anyone feel safe,” says Nishana Ismail, co-founder of Servabo. “I myself have felt threatened and have had many friends in unsafe situations, where making a phone call isn’t possible. Having the Shadow at your fingertips you just need to push the button and a custom alert will be sent for you automatically. We want people to have peace of mind in their everyday situations.”
Features of The Shadow include:
· Easy-to-use Shadow App – The free Shadow App allows you set your preferences and messages for your device.
· Multiple messaging triggers– You can indicate two levels of urgency, a single button press sends out low severity alerts while a press and hold triggers high severity notification.
· Set custom alerts– You and your family can set custom alerts that will alert as many people as you would like through the app.
· Multiple form factors– Wear it on your keychain, as a clip-on, on your wrist; The Shadow has many available accessories to make it easy for your lifestyle.
· Tactile indicator- Has a vibrating motor to provide feedback when an alert is sent.
· Location alerts – Using your phone’s GPS, Shadow sends your location whenever you trigger an alert.
The Shadow is an essential basic emergency device that everyone should carry. There are no subscriptions or monthly fees. The Shadow’s pre-order price starts at $25. You can see more information about the Shadow on Indiegogo here.
Servabo supports non-profit organizations that promote safety and security for the community and will be partnering with YWCA Evanston, the Ella Mae Foundation(started by Beverly Gooden) and RAINNas charity partners during the campaign.
The Shadow App will be compatible with Android 4.3, iOS 5, and later versions of these operating systems and will be compatible with any smartphone that is Bluetooth smart ready.
Having personal connections victimized and hearing their stories of helplessness, Tim and Nishana became frustrated with the lack of resources people have today in a time of distress. The Servabo team realized that most people become defenseless when their phones are taken away, and wanted to remedy that situation. Out of this came the Shadow, a convenient, affordable safety device to notify someone in a distressful situation.