North Carolina State University Students Create Roofie Alert Nail Polish
People have literally elevated manicures to the level of nail art, but now, they can also save your life. Thanks to a group of students at North Carolina State University who launched a new product called Undercover Colors, your nails will be able to identify if you have been exposed to a date rape drug.
Women who wear the Undercover Colors nail polish can dip and stir their finger into a drink they deem suspicious at a bar or party. If common date rape drugs such as GHB, Xanax or Rohypnol are present in the drink, the nail polish color will change. The inventors of Undercover Colors: Stephan Gray, Tyler Confrey-Maloney, Tasso Von Windheim, and Ankesh Madan state via their business Facebook Page:
With our nail polish, any woman will be empowered to discreetly ensure her safety by simply stirring her drink with her finger. If her nail polish changes color, she’ll know that something is wrong. Through this nail polish and similar technologies, we hope to make potential perpetrators afraid to spike a woman’s drink because there’s now a risk that they can get caught. In effect, we want to shift the fear from the victims to the perpetrators. We are Undercover Colors and we are the first fashion company empowering women to prevent sexual assault.
They have received $250,000 from investors and won the North Carolina State Entrepreneurship Initiative award. Currently the product is still be tested but you can still donate to the cause. Some may be surprised the inventor staff is all male but they relayed to Higher Education Works that they each have someone close to them who was sexually assaulted.
“All of us have been close to someone who has been through the terrible experience, and we began to focus on preventive solutions, especially those that could be integrated into products that women already use. And so the idea of creating a nail polish that detects date rape drugs was born,” said Madan.
Not only is this business plan thoughtful but purposeful, hoping to decrease the number of assaults that occur and usually go unreported on college campuses.