Once in awhile you run across a product that just makes perfect sense. The iSafe series of bags and backpacks happens to be one of those types of products.
Why? Check it out: It is a bag with a Built-In Alarm System! Pretty innovative, huh?
My daughter, Sarah, is very excited to have this backpack for when she starts school next week. I showed her the features and she commented to me that she really liked the amount of sections and pockets that she has to use for all her "stuff".
More importantly, she was very impressed with the whole alarm system. Much to the chagrin of the neighbor to my right we tested the alarm function and it is most impressive! Add to that sound the flashing light that is also built into this bag and as Sarah stated, " Now I don't have to worry about staying after school and traveling home on the public bus."
For me, I love that this backpack is stylish enough that Sarah is excited about using it and that the pin that keeps the alarm turned off is attached to the bag so it cannot be lost.
You can see in this picture that there is a cord that resides under a flap that no one will know is there except for you! The cord is what keeps it attached to the bag itself.
I thought it would be interesting to share with you the FAQ's from the website:
At what age should a child use an iSafe Backpack?
We recommend the bag be used for children 8 years old and up. However, many customers have purchased the iSafe Backpack for children as young as 7. Children should be old enough to understand that the iSafe bag is an alarm system, not a toy.
How do I keep my child from playing with the alarm?
ISafe Backpacks must be used responsibly. It is important for parents of young children to emphasize that this product is not a toy and should be used as a tool to help them escape dangerous or harmful situations.
Will iSafe's alarm system hurt the user's ears?
No, we've provided WARNING tags that convey the proper use of this product. Therefore, when used correctly, the alarm system will not hurt the user's ears. The alarm system is concealed in the lower section of a pouch that emits two siren signals in opposite directions, away from the user's ears to attract attention all around.
Will the iSafe Backpack operate in the rain?
Yes, it is water resistant and shock resistant. However, never submerge your iSafe Backpack or Bag in water.
How do you activate and deactivate the alarm system?
You simply lift the small flap on the right shoulder strap and pull the activation cord. If you have an iSafe Bag, lift the small flap on the front surface of your bag and pull the activation cord. The pin will disengage from the switch instantaneously and activate the alarm in a split second. To deactivate, reinsert the pin.
How long can the alarm run for?
The iSafe alarm system can run up to 2 continuous hours, assuming the batteries are new.
What if an attacker tries to take the backpack or bag away from my child?
When worn correctly, it would be extremely difficult and time consuming for an attacker to remove the iSafe backpack or bag from a child when activated. The iSafe Backpack has an adjustable chest strap that secures the backpack around the child. The iSafe Bag should be worn with the shoulder strap crossing the user's chest. This prevents the backpack and bag from being easily taken away.
Can the iSafe backpack & Bag pass through airport security?
Yes; however, due to heightened security at airports, it might take a little longer to go through security screening. Please allow yourself additional time. Your iSafe Backpack /Bag is an electronic personal security system; therefore, we recommend removing the batteries prior to security screening at airports. Once TSA becomes familiar with iSafe's technology, security screening should be normal.
Who would be a typical user for an iSafe Backpack or Bag?
Children, teenagers, college students, professionals and seniors can all benefit from the personal protection of an iSafe bag. iSafe's versatility make it useful in any type of situation, from work, school, the mall, to hiking, biking or camping. Even if one was stranded in an elevator or trapped in harmful situation, iSafe will be there. ISafe Backpacks & Bags can also provide indoor security for dorm rooms, apartments, trailers etc.
What do I do when my iSafe Backpack or Bag starts looking old and unsightly?
DO NOT submerge your iSafe Backpack or Bag in a tub of water or attempt to wash it. However, you can wipe it down with a damp cloth. If your backpack or bag is torn or too unsightly or unsuitable, you can take advantage of our Replacement Policy. After your first purchase of an ISafe Backpack or Bag, you can go to our website or call our customer service (add number here) to register your information with our Replacement Program. You'll have a policy on file, which allows you to replace your old iSafe Backpack or Bag for a new one. This can be done at any time, and SAVES you up to 50% off the original price. You can change colors and styles every year. And Best of all, there is no limit to the number of times you can get a new backpack or bag.
How much extra weight does the alarm system add to the backpack or bag?
The alarm system plus the batteries will add an extra one-half (1/2 lb) pound to the original weight of the backpack or bag. This powerful system is light weight.
They have much more then just backpacks!
The same safety features are also available on the Laptop Bag.
And the Laptop Messenger Bag!
The price for all the styles is about what a good backpack or bag would cost you from most brand-name manufacturers but they cannot give the peace of mind that the iSafe bags are able to provide.
It's a dangerous world; thanks to iSafe I feel it is a little bit less dangerous!
Let me know what you think!
Disclaimer: Although I was not paid to write this post, I did receive a sample of the product in order to review it. It did not influence my opinion nor did it obligate me to write anything about it.