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Chicagoans create wearable technology to keep users safe

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

"You take the bag, and all you do is you take your phone and you drop it into the pocket," explains Everpurse Founder and CEO Liz Salcedo.

Salcedo created Everpurse in 2012, a wireless charging pocket placed inside a purse.

FOX 32's Tisha Lewis reports prototypes for Everpurse were created on a 3D printer before hitting the marketplace. The technology hardware company is using wearable tech to help keep women and men safe.

"You would never want to be without a charge on your cell phone," said Salcedo. She says the Everpurse creation is one of many on the way.

"We're also looking to other types of technology that we can offer, other services like knowing where your bag is at all times. So, if you leave your suitcase at the airport or if your wallet falls out of your bag at that restaurant, you can know where it is, or knowing what's inside your bag," said Salcedo.

Salcedo is a start-up alumnus from 1871, proving wearable technology is more than glasses, watches and fitness bands.

Northwestern University Law School graduate Deepa Sood created CUFF.

"Fashionable, elegant security. We're basically taking wearable tech and packaging it into things people would want to wear, so this is our CUFFLinc technology and it slips into our assortment of jewelry," said Sood in an interview via Skype.

Sood says two brief taps on a blue tooth enabled CUFF bracelet, necklace or keychain alerts selected family and friends. One long tap lets them know it's an emergency.

"If they're wearing a CUFF, their CUFF will vibrate and if not, the information goes directly to their phone," said Sood.

No Wi-Fi needed. There's even a microphone.

"For instance, imagine an emergency where you want people to be able to hear audio, but you can also disable it," said Sood.

Both Salcdeo and Sood said that wearable tech's success hinges on fashion meeting function.

For more pictures of CUFF technology, click HERE.

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