It's a phone, it's a weapon, no, wait…it's a phone and a weapon.
A new product designed to let you fend off attackers and call 911 at the same time, the Spraytect combines a smartphone case with pepper spray. The brainchild of entrepreneur Scott McPherson, Spraytect's detachable 23-ounce cartridge of spray fits horizontally on the back of a phone case, sliding into a locked position on a rail system to keep it flush with both sides.
The spray, a proprietary blend of peppers used by Homeland Security, the U.S. military and the FBI, is dispensed through a simple three-step process to ensure it fires only when intended. There’s enough in the cartridge to fire multiple shots.
"It is a comfortable and convenient way to give anyone a sense of security no matter where their day takes them," McPherson said.
While McPherson came up with the idea as a way to help protect his daughter when she went off to college, it’s also been found to have practical uses for a number of others, including realtors, teachers and health-care professionals.
"Spraytect was created from a nurturing desire to protect my daughter," McPherson said. "Through our research and development efforts we also found so many practical applications well beyond college campuses."
The Spraytect is designed and assembled in the United States and fits the Apple iPhone 4 and 4S models. Designs for other smartphone platformsare being planned.
The cases will be available to the public starting June 19 through the Spraytect online store, but customers can begin pre-ordering them today.
Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance business and technology writer who has worked in public relations and spent 10 years as a newspaper reporter. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @cbrooks76.