Lighter-sized sensor detects date-rape drugs in your drink (Wired UK)


The pd.id detects a range of intoxicating drugs including alcohol

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A tiny handheld device that detects if a drink has been drugged
is seeking crowdfunding to address “a global crisis that often
goes unreported and unacknowledged”.

The Pd.id uses technology already in use by America’s Drug
Enforcement Agency (DEA) to detect the presence of “date-rape
drugs” including alcohol in drinks. Immersing the lighter-sized
sensor in a drink will perform a series of tests, including
electrical conductivity, temperature measurements and spectroscopic
analysis — determining the molecular makeup of the liquid in its
reservoir. If it detects anything unexpected, a red LED will light
up on top of the device. If linked to the user’s smartphone, the
screen will show what is found in the drink.

The device will be pre-loaded with a library of the
spectrographs of common drugs, including alcohol, zolpidem,
Rohypnol and other benzodiazepines or benzo-like drugs. But by
linking to the user’s smartphone, it can also access a
constantly-updated database to ensure no incapacitating agent goes
undetected. By doing so, the device is capable of updating online
databases and, in the event an illicit substance is detected,
alerts the user with a phone call or text as well as providing “in
the field” information about new drugs or rises in prevalence.

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That such measures are seen as necessary is a difficult truth,
but a truth nonetheless. In North America, 25 percent of women
experience sexual assaults, and a quarter of those are drug
facilitated. It’s these statistics that drove David Wilson to found
Pd.id. “The Pd.id was driven by 18 stories from friends who have
been drugged and the fact my own kids are now teenagers,” Wilson
says on his campaign page. “Yes, we are here to raise
funds. But even more importantly we want to raise awareness
about a global crisis that often goes unreported and
unacknowledged.”

The Indiegogo campaign is looking to raise $100,000 (£58,500) to
enable them to take the device to market at $75 (£44) per unit. The
tiers are designed to offer reduced per item costs, as usual, but
there are also top tier rewards aimed at getting the device to the
places needed most. A $10,000 (£5,850) pledge will secure 200
Pd.ids to be donated to a network of your choice; a charity,
school, gym, community centre or company staff. $50,000 (£29,000)
will provide 1,000 units to a university of your choice to hand out
to freshman students.

As well as taking the Pd.id to market, several stretch goals for
the project will extend the functionality of the final product. At
a raised total of $500,000, the developers will implement a
separate database to provide the nutritional and calorific content
of the drink. And at $750,000 they will combine an emergency alert
dispatch function with the smartphone app, with a map that
highlights safe establishments and drug detection hotspots
(although that seems like one of the easiest features to
add). 

“It’s about personal protection, feeling secure,” Wilson writes,
“and it’s about empowering our daughters, sons, sisters, brothers,
spouses, partners, friends, coworkers and ourselves to be safe in
an often unsafe world.”

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Source: wired.co.uk
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