Undercover Colors: The Latest Date Rape Drug Detector Developed By College Students

Undercover-Colors

Does the idea of going to get a manicure and picking nail polish that could prevent date rape intrigue you? Well I am intrigued by the idea that this may be available. I was having a conversation with one of my hair clients this week and she brought this to my attention. I had to look into it.Some undergraduate students at North Carolina State University created a nail polish called “Undercover Colors” that can detect the date rape drug. Ankesh Madan, Stephen Grey, Tasso Von Windheim and Tayler Confrey-Maloney created the polish so that it can detect common date rape drugs like Rohyphnol, Xanax, and GHB (Gamma-Hyrdoxybutyric acid).

“Through this nail polish and similar technologies, we hope to make potential perpetrators afraid to spike a woman’s drink because there’s now a risk that they can get caught. In effect, we want to shift the fear from the victims to the perpetrators. We are Undercover Colors and we are the first fashion company empowering women to prevent sexual assault,” says the description on the Undercover Colors website.

 

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How does it work you may think? Well it works by stirring your finger in the drink to detect one of the drugs. May not be all that sanitary or discreet. I was always taught that when you leave your table and leave your drink do not drink it when you return. Often times people will leave it with a friend and feel as if they are safe, in a lot of cases they are but you can never be sure.

This latest anti-rape device some call gimmicky. The list of anti-rape deterrents include anti-rape underwear and pepper spray cameras to name a few. The effort is good and it may work. The idea is not bad if you think about it. A lot of females wear nail polish. Not sure if they are the first fashion company empowering women to prevent sexual assault but the effort is good and the intentions. The four students won first place and took home $11,250 at NC State’s Lulu eGames. Also, they received $100,000 from an investor who saw their product demo at the K50 Startup Showcase.

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