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Impressive New Gadget Detects Date Rape Drug in Drinks

New device detects date rape drugs in drinks

How's this for eye-opening? According to the most recent stats, one in four women in North America will be sexually assaulted during her lifetime. Disturbingly, 25 percent of those cases have been linked to date rape drugs, which almost instantly dull a person's awareness, boost their sexual drive and — most alarming of all — erase the memory.

And if you think this is just happening to men, think again. Though the amount of men affected is much smaller, they have fallen victim, too. (Take this incredible essay on XOJane, in which a man confesses he was drugged by a woman whom he then proceeded to date for a year and a half.)

As sobering and scary as those stats may be, the makers of a new gadget known as pd.id say they can drastically cut down on those rates with their new technology. The pd.id (short for "Personal Drink ID") is a tiny, battery-powered drug detector. A person need only dip the small device into their drink quickly for it to detect whether or not it contains the compounds of a date rape drug. The most impressive part? It all takes a matter of seconds (which makes it far less obvious in a social setting, if you're trying to be nonchalant about it).

Here's how it works: The pd.id essentially captures a small sampling of liquid as you dip it into your drink. Immediately, it runs through three tests, measuring light, current and temperature within the drink. Comparing the compounds of your cocktail to the compounds found in common date rape drugs, the device is then able to determine whether or not there's a match.

And no, it doesn't beep crazily or set off a flashing light if your drink was tainted — instead, it's synced to your phone, and sends an alert in the form of a push notification. (Pretty genius, huh?)

While the pd.id is sparking much conversation, it's not available for sale just yet. Its developers are still seeking funds before that can happen. With their goal set at $100,000, they hope to be in mass production by April 2015, when the device will retail for about $75 a pop.

Want to see this gadget on the market? You can donate to the product fund right on Facebook or Twitter.

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