Hartford-based techies bill their device as safety at the touch of a button

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HARTFORD-- A new device created in Hartford is being billed as an extra layer of safety with the press of just one button.

It's called "Wearsafe," and is a small tag that fits in the palm of the hand. It works with an interactive app, and the device is designed to alert a selected group of friends and family that the user has set up.

"Our goal was how do we make your smart phone a little more intelligent," said Wearsafe co-founder Phil Giancarlo, who has been developing what could be called a safety tag for 3.5 years.

Once activated, the Wearsafe device puts a smartphone to work, tracking the user's location, rate of speed, even recording the last minute of conversation. The device sends texts and emails to the user's friends and family, who in turn would be able to assess the level of danger and call first responders for help should it be deemed necessary.

David Benoit, the other co-founder of Wearsafe, said, "There are lots of situations where you can reach for that phone, but the situation doesn't warrant it."

Benoit says their tag, about the size of a quarter and a half, is instantaneous. "If someone is attacking you, you don't have time to think but you can press a little button."

The device, which also works with smart watches, is set to be available in September for about $38. Users also will pay a subscription fee of about $5 a month.

"We are basically using the phone as a virtual bystander," Benoit added.

To find out more about the Wearsafe Tag click here.