Pepper Spray iPhone Case Takes Personal Safety a Bit Too Far

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Of all the questionable iPhone cases I've seen, the Smart Guard certainly raises more than just a few eyebrows. It's designed to protect both the phone with a durable case, and the user with a can of pepper spray.


The logic behind the case seems sound. People carry phones everywhere these days + people need protection = the Smart Guard. But even with a safety mechanism that ensures it won't accidentally go off in your pocket, I'd still be hesitant about carrying it.

And not just carrying it, but holding it up to my face when making a call as well. If you've had to use the spray before there's bound to be some residue left on the can, and putting that anywhere near your eyes and face is a terrible idea.

Available for the iPhone 3G, 3Gs, iPhone 4, and 4S, the Smart Guard includes a can of the spicy stuff for about $55, while a replacement blaster is about $28. But being able to incapacitate an attacker while spelling i-n-c-a-p-a-c-i-t-a-t-e in Words With Friends? Priceless. [Piexon via Dvice via The Drum]



I know this sounds controversial... but...

I wouldn't date a girl who carried pepper spray, fundamentally... it's a risk.

Maybe it's just not a problem "in my neighborhood", I don't know.

And yes, I understand tragedies happen, and some to the degree where a woman feels like she's vulnerable - and those are what they are - tragedies.

But these really are valid questions from the other side of the fence - a guy who's never had ill will in his heart to a fly, much less a woman:

"What baggage led up to this - and why should I, as a guy who isn't an A-hole, need to climb the Great Wall of China, atop which this defense exists?"

"Like a person carrying an armed gun, or keeping them around the house - why do I want to be in an environment where an accident could happen, and be the victim?"

...especially strapped to a grab-it-every-15-minutes device.

If it was a grenade, eventually "Oops! I pulled the pin!"

At least keep it discrete. Flaunting pepper spray like that is begging for problems, and well as scaring off guys who you wouldn't ever need it for, first and foremost.

I'm curious - would you date a woman who flaunted pepper spray in such a precarious place on a device as highly-handled as a phone?