Date rape is a global problem, and drug-laced drinks are often tied to trafficking of women. I wish we didn’t need to think about the need for innovations like this one. Fortunately, there are companies that do think about safety at a time when there are some who will take advantage of women in this way.
It’s called “Pd.id” (short for Personal Drink ID), and it is a small battery-operated kit the size of a stick of gum. When dipped into a soda or cocktail, it can detect even the smallest traces of drugs like Rohypnol, zolpidem, and other benzodiazepines.
Digital Trends reports this:
According to founder J. David Wilson, the hardware uses the same technology that the US DEA has employed for years, just shrunk down to a smaller size. Once dunked into your drink, the pd.id collects a small sample, analyzing its density, resistance and temperature to determine if a foreign agent, like rohypnol, has been introduced. And as you’d expect from any modern gadget, the pd.id can also pair and function in tandem with your smart phone, accessing an extensive database of drink profiles and alerting you with a text or call that your drink has been tampered with.
The company behind the device has already ironed out most of the wrinkles in the technology and produced a number of working prototypes, so now it’s turning to Indiegogo to raise funds for large-scale production. If it can raise $100,000 over the next 40 days, the team aims to have pd.id on sale within six months. If/when it officially launches, the device will sell for around $130, but if you back the project now you can snag one up for just $75.