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Tiny Device Shows Whether Your Drink Is Spiked

July 21, 2014

A tiny device that fits on your key ring can let you know whether your drink has been spiked.

The uses technology already in use by America’s Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to detect the presence of dangerous drugs in drinks.

The lighter-sized sensor performs a series of tests when immersed in a drink to determine the molecular make-up of the liquid.

If it detects anything suspicious, a red LED lights up on top of the device and the user's smartphone will show what was found in the drink.

The device comes pre-loaded with the spectrographs of common data rape drugs including zolpidem, Rohypnol and other benzodiazepines.

Because it is linked to the user's smartphone, it can be updated with details of new date rape and other drugs as they are developed and circulated.

Developer David Wilson has taken to crowd-funding website Indiegogo to raise $100,000 (£58,000) to mass produce the devices for £44 per unit.

He said: "The was driven by 18 stories from friends who have been drugged and the fact my own kids are now teenagers.

"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.

"It's about personal protection, feeling secure, and it's about empowering our daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, spouses, partners, friends, co-workers and ourselves to be safe in an often unsafe world."

He said that if $500,000 (£292,000) is raised, increased functionality such as calorie content analysis can be added.

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Source: Sky News (UK)

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