A Rajasthan teenager has developed an e-armour for girls, which shocks a molester numb on contact and dispatches the girl’s location, help messages and the incident’s video clip to the police, according to government officials.
The device weighs 150 grams and is worn on the wrist. All that a girl has to do is to switch it on when sensing trouble. The moment the girl defends herself with the wired hand, the molester will get a 220-volt shock, the officials said.
The armour caught the government’s attention when it won the first prize during a state-level science fair in January this year. It will be displayed in the National Science Fair to be held in March in Delhi, officials said.
Interestingly, the young inventor, Niranjan Suthar, 17, is a Class 12 arts student of Ahor government higher secondary school in Rajasthan’s Jalore district, about 390 kilometres from Jaipur. He couldn’t join the science faculty due to poor marks, Sudhar said. But, he loved tinkering with electronic gadgets and when the Delhi gang rape hit the headlines, he took it upon himself to develop a safety device for girls. And in over two years of trial and error, he successfully developed the device which he named a ‘Shocking Glove’. Sudhar said he learnt the circuiting from internet sources but joined them into a utility device himself.
The Glove is fitted with a SIM card, a GPS chip, a video camera and a 3.4-volt battery and a transformer which amplifies 3.4 volts to 220 volts on contact. It is a technical hybrid between a shock gun and a cell phone, Sudhar said, adding that a glove cost him R500. He said his parents provided him with everything he needed and his school gave him the platform to display the device at the district and state level science fairs.
The device won the first prizes in the district level science, mathematics and environment fair at Jalore in October 2015 and the 48th state-level science, mathematics and environment exhibition in Ajmer on January 21, 2016.
He said a Delhi-based electronic firm had asked for the device model for R&D to explore the possibilities of converting it into a usable consumer format. However, Sudhar wants it to be displayed at the national fair first.
It is not Sudhar’s first invention. Earlier, he had developed a mini-robot and a small solar panel car too