Under-cover Colors help you Detect Date-Rape Drugs

Sexual crimes on teenagers have been increasing in recent months. Date rape drugs are used to make sexual assaults easy. And there is very little women can do to fight against it. To help women and teenagers to protect themselves from such crime, a team of undergraduate students from North Carolina State University have developed a nail polish called “Undercover colors” that changes color when it comes in contact with date rape drugs like Rophynol, Xanax, and GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid).

Date Rape-detecting Nail Polish made real: Undercover Colors

To check if any of these drugs has been added to her drink, a woman has to stir it with her finger. If the nail polish changes color, it is confirmed that there is something slipped into her drink.

“We wanted to focus on preventive solutions, especially those that could be integrated into products that women already use,” Madan told Higher Education Works in June. “All of us have been close to someone who has been through the terrible experience [of date rape], and we began to focus on finding a way to help prevent the crime.”

“Well-intentioned products like anti-rape nail polish can actually end up fueling victim blaming,” wrote Tara Culp-Ressler of Think Progress. “Any college students who don’t use the special polish could open themselves up to criticism for failing to do everything in their power to prevent rape.”

The nail polish is yet another fashion accessory to add to a growing list of gimmicky-seeming precautions that includes anti-rape panties and pepper spray cameras which help women against sexual violence.

The four students won the first place and were awarded $11,250 at NC State’s Lulu eGames, a student competition that challenges students to create something that tackles real-world problems. They also received $100,000 from an investor who was inspired by their product demo at the K50 Startup Showcase.

Via : damngeeky