At a time when stray dogs are posing a threat to the safety of people of Kerala, a start-up has come up with an innovative weapon to help people escape from strays. The company has introduced a gadget called UCOM stick which produces sparks to frighten the dogs. 
 

Infusory Designs, a start-up initiative of students of Government Engineering College, Thrissur and St. Joseph's College of Engineering & Technology, Palai, Kottayam, developed the gadget after one of their friends met with an accident as a stray dog jumped across the road. 
 

The instrument made of steel will produce electric shock and sound which will frighten the dogs, said Thompson Tom, who started the company. "The device is simple. It produces a spark and sound that frightens the strays. The user can also give a shock to the dog if it does not back on hearing the sound," Tom said.
 

"The gadget is useful for women as well. They can use it against eve-teasers. The shock is very mild and is not a threat to the life of humans or dogs," he said. 
 

The instrument uses electricity to produce the shock. As much as 300 to 400 volts of electricity passes through it in a second. The safety of user was also taken into consideration while designing the instrument. 
 

The project team consists of Fasil K V, Arjun Ashokan, Jobin P Thomas and Shyam Pradeep. The start-up company has been incubated in Technology Business Incubator of Government Engineering College, Thrissur and Start-up boot camp of St. Joseph's College of Engineering & Technology, Palai.