We’re all familiar with companies like Tile that have allowed us to keep track of high-value items like our keys, smartphones, wallets, and more. Revolar is a company that took that concept and applied it to the actual person and developed a really unique product that they’re classifying as a safety wearable. The Revolar Instinct—a second-generation product and update to the Revolar Original—lets users check in with friends and family, but it has some additional functionality as well.
How it works is pretty simple. The Instinct syncs up to the user’s smartphone through an app and Bluetooth—set up is incredibly quick and easy. From there, the user can send alerts. The alert system uses basic text messages to send a note to approved contacts. Based on the number of times the user presses the Instinct, contacts will know that the user is safe (a simple check-in), that they’re feeling scared or uneasy (a yellow alert), or if they’re in need of immediate assistance (a red alert). The messages that contacts receive based on those different alert levels are completely customizable through the Revolar app. And all messages include a link the recipient can click to see the person’s location via GPS.
The first thing that comes to mind with a product like this is that it would be perfect for elderly family members, which is certainly a target audience for Revolar. But it’s really a product for all generations. Parents can have their smartphone-carrying kids walk around with the device so they know that they’re OK. College students could use them to let friends (and mom and dad) know that they’re OK or if they feel like they’re in an uncomfortable situation at, say, a late-night party. And even working adults could use it as well, letting loved ones know, say when they’re out on a run, that they’re OK or if they need some help.