Oddest endorsement ever Former beauty queen promotes self-defense gadget, combining iPhone case with pepper spray
22:59 GMT, 9 November 2012
A former beauty queen has been recruited to promote a new self-defense gadget, that combines an iPhone case with pepper spray.
Stacey Kole, previously crowned Miss Arizona, sings the praises of SprayTect, which is deemed 'a personal protection device like no other'.
In a promotional video she demonstrates how the gizmo works, warning viewers 'only rotate the knob down, and place your finger on the trigger if you’re prepared to fire.'
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Starring role: Former beauty queen Stacey Kole has been recruited to promote SprayTect, a self defense gadget, that combines an iPhone case with pepper spray
The $40 invention is the brainchild of concerned dad Scott McPherson.
Describing his light bulb moment, he said: 'When my daughter was packing for her
first semester of University living I started began searching for easy
to carry and socially acceptable personal protection devices… I wound
'As parents know she would never leave home without her phone. That's when I had this idea of combining her phone and pepper spray, and from there SprayTect was born.'
Ms Kole describes the effects pepper spray will have on an attacker, including burning sensation in the eyes, coughing and difficulty in breathing.
Ms Kole, warns viewers in her promotional video 'only rotate the knob down, and place your finger on the trigger if you're prepared to fire'
In the spotlight: Ms Kole when she was crowned Miss Arizona
She adds:'The eyes close involuntarily, the nose runs and skin stings.'
The phone case, currently available for iPhone
4 and 4S, has a special loading mechanism and canisters,
allowing the anyone to enter self-defense mode in an instant.
And to prevent it from going off by accident, there is a safety pin that must be removed before use. The user must then rotate a cap
downwards before hitting a button and spraying their attacker.
Despite Ms Kole describing SprayTect as a 'magical combination', some have been quick to poke fun at the product.
NBC wrote: 'It's not exactly haute couture… The description of the case says the spray cartridge is 'inconspicuously attached' to your phone, but the bump is in fact rather large.
'It's even advertised as a 'kickstand,' allowing your phone to sit at an angle in portrait, or straight up in landscape mode.'
The adapted phone case is not on sale in the UK, where it is illegal to carry pepper spray.