This week’s Shark Tank features the Guard Llama — a personal security device which gets police dispatched to your exact location with the push of a button.
The Guard Llama — presented on the ABC show by its co-founders using a REAL LIFE llama — is designed for everyone from runners and students to real estate professionals and travelers.
It uses GPS to locate your exact coordinates and when you press the button it sends that information along with a picture of you and any relevant medical information to an Emergency Dispatch Center.
Police can then be dispatched to your precise location, pinpointing where you are to within 9ft.
It means you don’t have to use your phone to call 911, which is not always easy in a sticky situation.
It also gets around the problem of dispatch centers not being able to immediately locate you when you call 911.
Guard Llama works by using your mobile phone signal to send the information.
The device, the brainchild of co-founders Joseph Parisi and Nick Nevarez, gets its name from real-life guard llamas, which are often used to protect livestock from things like coyotes and foxes.
It is available through monthly plans, costing $9.95 a month (or $8.29 a month if you pay for a full year) for the app and device.
You can also just sign up for the app, which gives you the same capabilities but without the discreetness of the handheld device, for $2.95/month (or $2.46/month if you pay for a full year).
They also have a family plan which covers four people, and costs $29.95/month ($24.96 if paid annually).
You can currently get the Guard Llama on the firm’s website, as well as on the App Store and Google Play.
Shark Tank airs Fridays at 9/8c on ABC.