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You've probably heard of wearable tech to help you stay fit but what about wearable technology to help you stay safe?

It may look like an attractive piece of jewelry, but it's also a secret weapon.

Companies are creating new gadgets that will sound the alarm if you find yourself in trouble. They'll even record sound and video to use as evidence later.

We give you a sneak peek at this new technology before it hits the market.

Rachel Frederick, a woman who wears the security bracelet says, "it's very Wonder Woman-like."

Hidden underneath her cuff bracelet is a computer chip that can be activated by a simple touch and send an alert to family or friends.

Cuff founder Deepa Sood says, "you press your Cuff and an alert goes out to the people you designate as your first responders in our app and they get your location in case of emergency."

While wearable tech is already a hot buzzword, these wearable security devices take things one step further, with functions specifically designed to help keep us safe.  

Like the First Sign hair clip which contains sensors designed to automatically detect physical assault and send for help.  

"The Smart Clip will know the difference between impacts associated with violent crimes and impacts from every day usage," says Rachel Emanuele with First Sign Technologies. "Anything that's your normal routine won't set off the alarm. But anything associated with the violent crimes will."

In addition to sounding the alarm the smart clip will also collect data that can help in a criminal investigation activating your phone's GPS, camera, and microphone.

Emanuele says, "our goal is to identify, deter, apprehend, and prosecute attackers."

The products don't require a charge to work but you do need to have a smart phone and a signal.

"The way that they work is, they work over low energy Bluetooth," says CNET Senior Editor Brian Tong. "They still depend on your phone to send out some sort of signal or communication. So if you're in a location where you don't have a signal, it's just not going to help you."

Tong says wearable security products are so new that the jury is still out on whether they will catch on. 

"They're going to get better," says Tong. "There's going to be a point where we can start integrating them into the systems like 911 or public services. But they're still so new. How much technology people are willing to wear and actually purchase has still yet to figure itself out."

Experts say, even with wearable security devices, there's no substitute for common sense when it comes to safety.

"As a user you can't depend on technology to keep you safe," says Tong. "It sometimes comes down to a low-tech solution. You have to be aware of your surroundings."

As for Rachel, she's happy for the opportunity to wear something that's both fashionable and functional.

Rachel says, "it looks great, and it gives me a sense of security."

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