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A young woman searching for a solution to feeling scared when running alone is developing a smartwatch app that automatically sends an emergency alert when the wearer is being attacked.

EJ Roodt, a fourth-year business student at the University of Bath, wanted to eliminate a major problem with conventional rape alarms; the need to physically activate them when being attacked. “You always have to either pull a chord or press a button, and if it is on your phone then you might potentially have to unlock it before sending an alert,” she said.

Roodt, 21, who was born in South Africa but grew up in West Malling, Kent, said that she experienced a “lightbulb moment” when she read in April 2020 about smartwatches being used



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