Wear this hair clip for  self-defence on street

New York : What can a hair clip do more than to hold your hair intact? Well, it can help you fight sexual assault or eve-teasing on the street. This clip comes with an accelerometer, gyroscope and Bluetooth sensor that connects it wirelessly to a smart phone. Named ‘First Sign’, the clip can detect punches, kicks, slaps or aggressive shakes. When violence is detected, the clip sounds an alarm. Developed by Arizona-based firm First Sign Technologies, the clip uses Bluetooth to access the smart phone GPS system, camera and microphone. This clip then guides the smart phone to take photos and begin audio recording to identify the perpetrator. However, if there is a false alarm, the wearer has 15 seconds to deactivate the alarm, said a Daily Mail report, according to IANS. If the device is not deactivated following the alarm sounding, professional security monitors call for help from the user’s list of emergency contacts. The clip can be discreetly concealed, worn as a fashion accessory or clipped onto a bag or coat, the report added.

IOU as wedding gift? China thinks it’s cool

Beijing : Little IOU letters can impress your near and dear ones who are tying the knot this season. The trend is catching up in China with more than half the youngsters opting to gift an IOU note to their friends or family during weddings, China Daily reported on Wednesday citing an online survey, according to IANS. Forty percent of the respondents said the unique gift was very practical as the money could surely be sent back, the survey added. Xiao Yu, who hails from Zhejiang province in China, was gifted a red envelope with an IOU note as a wedding gift by a former roommate. An IOU (abbreviated from the phrase “I owe you”) is usually a written promise to pay a debt. “Best wishes for a happy marriage. Your elder sister is now working in Beijing and can’t take part in your wedding. Though I am absent, a gift is a must. My darling! Please kindly accept it!” the note said. “Both my husband and I think it’s a good gift,” Xiao said. In the last sentence, the woman wrote the amount of money the IOU is worth — 800 yuan ($130) — which she described as “advance payment” that Xiao can use for the note writer’s wedding.

Bird with lit cigarette blamed for London building fire     

London : A bird carrying a lit cigarette to its nest has been blamed for starting a major fire in a building in south London, reports PTI. London Fire Brigade investigators believe a bird took the smouldering butt to its nest on the roof of the building in Landor Road, Stockwell. Matt Cullen, who examined the scene after the fire on Wednesday night, said he was “baffled” at first.

“The smoking gun was found when we discovered a partially burnt birds nest,” he said. The blaze damaged about a fifth of the building’s roof and nine people were evacuated. Cullen said: “When we got up into the roof, we were baffled as there were no obvious ignition sources.”No-one had been up to there for a long time and there were no electrics that could have sparked a blaze.

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